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Directing Experimental Electronic Music Ensembles

Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave.
Monday, Nov 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM (ET) to Monday, Nov 26, 2018 at 9:00 PM (ET)

Ramon Castillo leads the workshop Directing Experimental Electronic Music Ensembles: Making Voltage Expressive.

The workshop will include:

  • Determining what electronics can add to a composition
  • Discovering the limitations of working with electronics
  • Various methods of synchronizing with other musicians
  • Developing a high level of expressivity
  • Performance Planning
  • Troubleshooting
  • Reducing Complexity
  • Rehearsing

The workshop will feature several examples of projects and some hands-on demonstrations. Acoustic improvisations welcome.


$30 general
$20 non-Salem State students (must present valid student ID)

All Salem State affiliates are admitted free. Please email to reserve your spot using your salem state email account.
PDP's are available. A minimum of 10 hours (4 workshops) is required to earn PDP's.

Recital Hall (Central Campus)
71 Loring Ave.
Salem State University

Ramon Castillo’s compositional and creative career relies heavily on the use of Ableton Live, Max, and arrays of hardware. He has developed many techniques for using the software live, not limited to custom software interfaces, DIY hardware, and high levels of automation including asymmetric loop triggers and audio quantization. His current project, Art of the Loop utilizes Ableton Live as a highly expressive looping environment.

An ongoing but occasional project, Bleep Blop electroacoustic ensemble has worked regularly with several domestic and international artists including Sandeep Das & NonDuo (Improvisation/Video Group). Ramon has personally developed much of the technology (hardware and software) in use by the ensemble.

He has composed music for PUBLIQuartet, Gamelan Galak TIka, Alea III, Ensemble Robot, The Loud Objects, and various other ensembles and festivals. He has performed with artists such as the Kronos Quartet, Signal Ensemble, Wu Man, Terry Riley and Gamelan Galak Tika.

As full time faculty and Associate Chair of the music department at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, he teaches musicianship, music business, and music technology He directs the highly experimental Contemporary Electronic Ensemble. There, he works with a small team of faculty to continually develop the core musicianship curriculum.

Salem State Music and Dance Department 2018-2019 Workshops
Choral Connections: Building Youth Choirs with Warm-ups and Repertoire with Rebecca Kenneally (September 24); Conducting Instrumental Ensembles with Jeff Leonard (October 22); Directing Experimental Electronic Music Ensembles with Ramon Castillo(November 26); Fearless Audience with NIck Page (January 29)

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Ramon Castillo Workshop

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Event Location
71 Loring Ave. Salem Salem, MA Patch MA

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