Hi and welcome to Modulate This! This is Mark Mosher, an electronic musician and music
technologist. I developed an “open knowledge” social musical instrument called the 9 Box. It’s a method and set of templates based on off-the-shelf products Ableton Live and Percussa AudioCubes.
I’m updating my web sites to offer more information on this project and have included a brief summary below. For
now, if you’d like to learn more about this and other music education
outreach projects I have in the works contact me. If you are a teacher in STEM Adams 12, swing by my members only “Interact” forums and request an account.
For over a year I’ve been volunteering with STEM K-8 schools in Denver to implement the 9 Box as a platform. The 9 Box is now the basis for a computer music lab and enable school
children to have an accessible entry into the world of electronic music. The 9
Box is already in use as a music lab platform in multiple STEM schools in Colorado. Specifially, I’ve been working with Dr. Gregg Cannady, music teacher at the STEM Magnet Lab School at Metro Denver over the last year. Gregg has integrated the 9 Box and AudioCubes into his music and science curriculum. The STEM Launch school which openned in 2012 is also beginning to use the system.
Here is what Gregg was to say about hte project.
“We program the AudioCubes to let them do what we want, and that can be to kick off sound clips…It is definitely problem-based learning. It can be very high tech, if the kids are ready for that, or it can be very simple.”
“The kids can go with their phones and record something, and email me a sound clip, and I can drop it into this computer program, and we can build a composition around it. They seem to be very drawn to this technology. It somehow peeks their interest.
The school released a short film documenting the school and it’s programs. Lab is mentioned at 8:13. It’s so exciting for me to see the 9 Box being used to inspire students – especially k-6!