Undergrad Social Hour

To facilitate collaboration from Tandon IDM, NYU Game Center, IMA, and NYU Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music we are throwing an undergrad social hour Oct. 2nd from 3-4pm.

It’s taking place on the 4th floor at 370 Jay Street on the ITP/IMA floor.

You can RSVP here to add the event to your calendar and join the fun. There will be pizza, board games, and ping pong! We hope to see you there.

Fall 2019 Classes in Session

IDM Fall 2019 classes are in session! We are now in 370 Jay street for a majority of our courses. We have over 20 courses (undergraduate) listed below.

Ideation and Prototyping
Narrative Cinema
3D Modeling
Intro to Game Development
Motion Graphics Studio
Contemporary Techniques in Digital Photography and Imaging (Intro to Photo)
Intro to Web Development
User Experience
Still and Moving Images
Documentary Cinema
3D Animation
Photo and Words
Dynamic Web Applications
3D For Interactive Applications
Professional Practices
Mobile Application Development
DIGITAL MEDIA SPECIAL TOPICSEspionage Technology and the Future of Gardening

IDM Alum Diana Castro Featured for her Mindful Accessories and Design Label Ser Paraiso

Diana Castro Sitting Cross Legged and Smiling
Photo by Itzel Alejandra Martinez for Remezcla

Diana Castro an NYU IDM 2015 Alum has been doing amazing work in design, music, and tech. Her idea for Ser Paraiso came about when she created a music box for meditation as her thesis at IDM. That’s when she started Ser Paraíso — formerly known as Magic Objects (2013) — as a project to make sound objects for spiritual purposes.

Moon Soft Synth a soft circuit synthesizer handmade with fabric, yarn, mirrors and pompons by Diana Castro in collaboration with Javier Molina

She works in digital spaces where she designs web apps for music making with the MusEDLab (NYU Music Experience Design Lab) as well as physical ones, for example with the electronic textile synthesizers she creates for her project Mágico Real, which explores shamanism, ritual, and identity through performance, new media and technology.

Paper MIDI made in collaboration in collaboration with MusEDLab and Novalia UK

Her project Magico Real was recently featured in a remezcla article where they discuss her history with art, music, and design. Her work threads along multiple mediums but always centers around her own embrace of healing, spirituality, and a desire to help people connect with their higher selves.

Diana Castro’s notepads and notebooks
Photo by Itzel Alejandra Martinez for Remezcla

She has installation, album covers, and mixtapes that she uses to explore her creativity. You can find those works and more on her at her website: https://panali.cc/. or on her instagram.

Pana Li album art for Turning Jewels into Water

Congrats to Jillian Larson and Her Team For Winning $15,000 from the Audi Drive Progress Grant

From Left to Right, Jillian Larson, Nicola Ramdass, and Bryanna Simone Allen Holding a $15,000 dollar check from Audi of America

On March 2nd, the second Forbes Idea Incubator was held in NYC. This challenge tapped into the female engineers @ NYU Tandon School of Engineering to develop innovative and meaningful solutions around the impact electric vehicles will have on urban mobility.

Jillian Larson (BS in IDM), Nicola Ramdass (BS in Electrical Engineering) and Bryanna Simone Allen (BS in Computer Science) pitched their City Charge app which earned them second place and $15,000 from the Audi Drive Progress Grant.

Their idea took a future view where “[they] anticipate charging stations being implemented in cities using the existing power infrastructure from street lights and regulated like metered parking.” In order to increase ease of access to relevant information about these stations “[their] app will allow users to view the real-time status of these stations and could be integrated into a car’s dashboard and supported by Amazon Alexa.”

Jillian Larson as also been spotlighted as someone representing the NYU Tandon ethos of “Born Anywhere, Made in Brooklyn.” Here is a 1min video of what the ethos means to her as someone from a small town moving to a big city.

IDM Grad Melody Loveless Contributing to the Audiovisual, Code Generative Music Scene

IDM grad, Melody Loveless, was mentioned in this vice article as a participant in the live coding scene in America. She’s using her programming and musical skills to create soundscapes using iterative code and technologies like Max/MSP/Jitter and hardware like sonic pi.

If you wanna explore the scene of live coding mixed with music and hardware definitely check out synchrony an organizer of demoparties in NYC.

Also feel free to check out some soundscapes from Melody Loveless.

Alex Nathanson, IDM Masters Student, is Featured in The Verge For His Solar Powered Art at Pioneer Works

We’re excited to see Alex Nathanson recognized for his work with this Verge article! Alex has been active as a multi-media artist for 11+ years. He’s currently engaged in using solar power to create art installations and simple robots.

He helped co-curate Nightlight, a project that turned a Queens garden into an interactive light exhibit, in 2014. He managed Sunset, a Central Park installation that consisted of a solar-powered ice cream truck. Now he’s also spreading his knowledge to others at pioneer works! He’s classes teach students — who don’t need prior engineering experience — how to build sound circuits powered by up-cycled solar cells from Jameco.

He continues to maintain projects that use solar energy to power art to inspire. These projects can be found @ Solar Power for Artists.

Motion Design @ IDM

Our motion graphics class, taught by Tim Szetela, took inspiring album covers and put them in motion. Here are some of the amazing results and the students who made them!

Dirty Computer by Janelle Monae
Motion by Gina Chee
Flower Boy by Tyler the Creator
Motion by Shehara Ranasinghe
Art of Love by Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles
Motion by Luke Koppenheffer
Thrill of The Arts by Vulfpeck
Motion by Yurou Zeng
Ahmed Razin
Alice Chen
Christy Chan
Ethan Wong
Gayatri Nanda
Izaac Crayton
Janesa Chan
Joann Pilika
Joanna Chen
Joon Choi
Joris Kwong
Linda Kamau
Michael Vestal
Shiny Wu
Yiqi Chang
Alice Berardi
Amy Lee
Maya Goyle
Carissa Phong
Derek Dincer
Jasmine Sun
Chenchen Zhou
Lihao Wang
Mari Calderon
Jordan Kane
Kasper Chou
Maxine Kho
Michelle Tabansi
Mayda Pena
Nicolai Cardinale
Prakriti Joshi
Yitao He
Yuming Lu

Corinna Vong, IDM BS 2018

UI/UX and Graphic Designer who enjoys creating clear and intuitive experiences for users.

Website: corinnavong.myportfolio.com

What’s your hometown?

Cupertino, CA

Why did you choose IDM as a major?

Initially, I had an interest in video post-production. During my work on various video projects I began to explore different areas of digital media, which I found to be fascinating. IDM gave me the opportunity to pursue specific topics in the field of digital media while offering a unique balance of technology and creativity. This was important as it allowed me to develop my technical abilities as I explored my artistic side. In addition, the ability to learn and live in one of the most stimulating and exciting cities in the world, made the IDM program the right choice for me.

What’s your favorite thing about IDM & why?

Honestly, my favorite thing about the IDM program is the group of instructors. They continuously encourage creativity while offering coursework and meaningful projects that prepare students for work in the real world. They are always available, and working with them has allowed me to explore and discover new subjects I’ve since become passionate about.

How do you describe IDM to others?

I describe IDM as a great opportunity to take a wide variety of courses in media and technology. Once you have found an interest to focus on, you can take advanced level courses in those subjects to further develop the skills necessary to succeed.

What is your favorite IDM class so far and why?

My favorite IDM class is Visual Foundation Studio because it was where I first developed my interest in graphic design. I was able to use design tools, principles and skills learned from the course, combined with feedback from the instructor to create a meaningful end-product for a small business.

What companies have you done internships with?

Interaction Design Intern at Verizon, Counselor at Tech Kids Unlimited

What are your career goals?

UX/UI Designer

What’s your favorite spot in Brooklyn?

Patsy’s Pizzeria

Who are the artists / designers / creative technologists that inspire your work?

Paul Rand, Saul Bass, Susan Kare, Josef Müller-Brockmann, Steve Jobs, and Jonathan Ive

What is your favorite media title? (i.e. book, website, game, music, performance, etc.)

Lonely Planet

Spencer Cappiello, IDM BS 2018

all around maker with specialties in web apps, audio, fabrication, VR, motion capture, physical computing and funky digital pipelines/workflows connected by OSC.

Website: spencercappiello.com

What’s your hometown?

Venice Beach, CA

Why did you choose IDM as a major?

it’s the most innovative tech-art major in the world.

What’s your favorite thing about IDM & why?

we have amazing professors, resources and innovative classes with bright people.

How do you describe IDM to others?

wherever art and technology intersects, IDM is there and pushing boundaries.

What is your favorite IDM class so far and why?

Bodies in Motion – to collaborate with ITP students and learn cutting edge software while using the expensive motion capture lab is unparalleled.

What companies have you done internships with?

Locus (part of Summer 2017 I-Corps), interned with the Guggenheim museum, interned with Monohm Inc.

What projects are you currently working on?

SONANCY was a project that came out of Mark Skwarek’s AR class with Jeremy Bailey co-teaching. The project is an immersive and spatialized binaural audio installation that uses motion capture to provide interactivity. See documentation here: http://www.spencercappiello.com/#projectSonancy

What are your career goals?

work for startups, make a startup, turn the startup into a company, open an incubator, help others.

What’s your favorite spot in Brooklyn?

the brooklyn bridge park 

Who are the artists / designers / creative technologists that inspire your work?

luke dubois, trevor paglen, jon rafman, david carson, benjamin patterson, wassily kandinsky, salvador dali, golan levin, carlos cruz diaz, dan flavin, james turrell, mad zach, rafael rozendaal

What is your favorite media title? (i.e. book, website, game, music, performance, etc.)

her (movie)