Shawn Greenlee

Professor
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Shawn Greenlee operates a digital sound tool inside a room with speakers and a large window in the background
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design
MA, Brown University
PHD, Brown University

Shawn Greenlee is a composer, sound artist and professor who leads RISD’s Studio for Research in Sound and Technology (SRST).  His recent work explores spatial audio, high density loudspeaker arrays and erratic sound synthesis techniques.

Active as a solo electronic / electroacoustic improvisor since 1997, Greenlee has toured extensively across the US and Europe. Conference and festival performances include New Interfaces for Musical Expression (2018 Blacksburg, 2015 Baton Rouge, 2014 London, 2013 Daejeon), International Computer Music Conference (2021 Santiago, 2018 Daegu, 2011 Huddersfield, 2005 Barcelona), BEAST FEaST (2017 Birmingham), PdCon16 (2016 New York), Cube Fest (2019, 2016 Blacksburg), Re-new (2013 Copenhagen), IN TRANSIT (2008 Berlin) and Elevate (2007 Graz), among others.

Greenlee’s solo and group discography spans over 50 releases. He is a founding member of Landed, active since 1997 and known for its deconstructed rock, rhythmic noise and intense live performances. From 1999–2001, he performed with Six Finger Satellite.

Greenlee holds a PhD in computer music and new media from Brown University.

Courses

Fall 2024 Courses

SOUND 2006-01 - SPATIAL AUDIO: ENVELOPMENT AND IMMERSION
Level Undergraduate
Unit Digital + Media; Experimental and Foundation Studies
Subject Sound
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
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SOUND 2006-01

SPATIAL AUDIO: ENVELOPMENT AND IMMERSION

Level Undergraduate
Unit Digital + Media; Experimental and Foundation Studies
Subject Sound
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2024-09-04 to 2024-12-11
Times: F | 1:10 PM - 6:10 PM Instructor(s): Shawn Greenlee Location(s): 15 West, Roger Mandle Building, Room M11 Enrolled / Capacity: 12 Status: Closed

SECTION DESCRIPTION

Spatial Audio focuses on the creation of immersive 3-D sound experiences. In this course, students analyze and explore how the sensation of space is activated in the listener by making works using spatial audio techniques. These methods include high order ambisonics, vector-based amplitude panning, multichannel surround, and binaural audio, among others. Throughout the semester, a series of exercises addressing technical and theoretical issues provide students with the necessary experience to produce midterm and final projects. Coursework involves computational approaches to sound design and composition with instruction in the audio programming language Max and digital audio workstation Reaper. Students have recurring access to a 25-channel loudspeaker array for the development of works. Readings from psychology, philosophy, the arts, and sound studies support class discussions and critiques. Students will need a laptop computer (Mac or Windows). Previous experience with digital audio software recommended.
Estimated Cost of Materials: $100.00

Elective

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Shawn Greenlee operates a digital sound tool inside a room with speakers and a large window in the background
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design
MA, Brown University
PHD, Brown University