Computational remixing of hip hop (i.e. using code to control loops and beats to compose music) can be used as a tool for the cultural engagement in computing of underrepresented populations. EarSketch is a digital audio workstation environment, with an accompanying curriculum, that will allow high school and summer workshop students to create their own computational remixes through learning computing principles. It can also be used as a tool within introductory college-level computer science courses.
Potential strengths of computational remixing
• Generative composition from external datasets, such as census information, images, and text
• Automating tasks like audio effects and envelope manipulation
• Easily Create “mash-up” music from samples controlled by generated beats
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Numbers DRL #1417835 and CNS #1138469.
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