Rice Electroacoustic Music Labs (REMLABS)

Rice Electroacoustic Music Labs (REMLABS)

Location: Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Room 1709
Office Phone: 713-348-4064
Studio Phone: 713-348-5077
FAX: 713-348-5317

Arthur Gottschalk
Kurt Stallmann
Chapman Welch

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Rice Electroacoustic Music Labs (REMLABS) contains everything necessary for even the most demanding audio and video projects. The hardware setup for 2011-12 includes an eight-channel JBL LSR6328P system, four Apple MacPro Intel Machines, three PreSonus Fireboxes, and an Apogee Ensemble. There are also a number of MIDI, OSC, and other sensor inputs including a Keith McMillen K-Bow Bass Bow System, a Keith McMillen SoftStep pedal, Bitstream 3x, WiiMote with nunchuk, Korg NanoKontrols and a TeaBox system with an array of sensors.

Each computer contains an identical software setup which allows for quick and easy internal transfers and backups through the Rice computer network. Software provided for REMLABS users includes Logic Studio 9, Ableton Live, Max for Live, ProTools, Altiverb 6, KYMA X, MaxMSP, Pluggo, Peak Pro6 and XT, SoundSoap, AudioSculpt, Diphone, Finale, Toast, Final Cut Studio 2, Final Cut Express, Adobe Illustrator and various freeware applications including SoundHack and SPEAR.

In 2002, 2008, and 2010-11 REMLABS was upgraded and redesigned. The resulting five room facility includes a main teaching room that is set up for 8.1 surround work and video projection, a quadraphonic audio/visual suite, 2 stereo workstations, and an office which houses the studio server and recording equipment.

The electronic music studios at Rice were established in 1977 by Arthur Gottschalk. The analog electronic instruments initially available were a Wavemaker IV and a group of PAIA modules which were constructed by Gottschalk. In addition, many tape machines were used for manipulation of source material.

During the first ten years, the Rice studios mounted huge multimedia events annually, including Houston's first laser light sculptures. Each concert featured eminent guest composers (Mario Davidovsky, Sylvia Pengilly, Joan LaBarbara, Thomas Clark, and others) and guest ensembles ranging from large dance companies to cutting edge rock bands. Throughout the years, the studios have continued to produce annual public concerts up to the present day. In recent years, other composers associated with the studios include David Soley, Ron Ochoa, Chapman Welch, and Kurt Stallmann.