Gearing up for our next gig!

Gearing up for our next gig!
Here we are in our digs in the Husley Center. The room gives us the freedom to rehearse, create, experiment and jam 24/7! Pictured left to right are James Tyler Cody, Taylor Goodwin, Andy Bostany, Kevin Peek, Jeffrey Stahmer and Dr. Scott Phillips

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

American Evolution is just a few days away!

We are busily preparing for our next show, "American Evolution."  Come check it out Thursday, April 16th at 7:30 PM in the Odess Theatre of the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. This spring the show will have an all out rock concert design and feel as we explore the evolution of American music through ten original student compositions.

We are trilled to be joined by students in the UAB Theatre Department's lighting design class as well.  These talented students will be making the show looks its best with lights, colors, gobos, lasers and and more!

Here is a sneak peek at the set and lights.  We took this picture at last night's rehearsal.

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


What's Hypnagogia?  It's the edge of consciousness.  You know that time between sleep and wake when all the weird stuff happens?  That's it! Come explore sleep, dreams, and hallucinations in 13 all-new electronic and electro-acoustic student compositions by members of the UAB Computer Music Ensemble. The show is Saturday, November 15th, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the Hulsey Recital Hall.  Admission is free so invite all your friends -- but get there early -- the place always has a way of filling up!

Come enjoy music by some of your favorite CME members, like Andy Bostany, John Dewberry, James Tyler Cody, Taylor Goodwin, Paul Kindred (he's going to play his Tubulum again -- this time in surround sound!) and David Smith. They will be joined by newcomers Kyle Carpenter, Martin Castor, Zach Driggers, CJ Griffith and Zach Walker.  Hear great music, see creepy video, and don't worry, we'll get the video games in there too! As always, it will be a college music concert like no other.  

Don't miss this terrific evening of original music!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Odyssey at the Odess

Come join us to hear some of your favorite CME members and a line up of new talent as we present an epic concert with epic music in the Odess Black Box Theatre! It will be a musical odyssey you won't soon forget! The show is at 7:30 PM on Friday, April 11th, and Saturday, April 12th.  The Odess is limited to only 100 seats each night, so arrive early to make sure you get your tickets ($5).

This concert will feature a homemade 3 octave Tubulum (like a marimba but made out of PVC pipes) engineered and built by Paul Kindred, a live video game programmed by David Smith which will be played by an audience member while CME students create sound effects, and another installment in Kevin J. Peek's Roscoe saga,  Also there will be lots of original electro-acoustic music by James Tyler Cody, Taylor Goodwin, Andy Bostany, Jeffrey Stahmer, Tommy Bowen, Leah Eiland, and John Dewberry.  Don't miss this terrific evening of original music!

Here are a few pictures of things you will see at the show!

Kevin J. Peek and the Ensemble in "Surrogate Surfer"

Paul playing the Tubulum he built over spring break.

The stage is set to get "Out of the Park and Into the Hood"

James Tyler Cody and Andy Bostany perform "The Great Odyssey" 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Join us this Saturday (November 16th) at 7:30 PM for "Space and Time"

Join the UAB Computer Music Ensemble this Saturday, November 16th, at 7:30 PM in the Hulsey Recital Hall as they take you on a journey through "Space and Time."  The concert will feature live performances of original computerized, computer assisted, and electro-acoustic music. The ensemble is comprised of advanced music technology students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is directed by Dr. Scott L. Phillips. Highlights will include a rare didgeridoo performance, a composition based on audience participation, an original video sequence by CME alumnus Chris Humphries, and a cover of the  Mambo Combo's "Fluid Velocity Head." Featured performers and composers include students Kevin Peek, Jeffrey Stahmer, Andrew Bostany, John Dewberry, James Cody, and Taylor Goodwin.  It is sure to be an entertaining and enjoyable evening as the UAB CME takes you through "Space and Time."

Friday, April 26, 2013

Click here for CME In the Dark program notes

La Vide by Aubrey Mills "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." - Friedrich Nietzsche

 Ghost Writer by RJ Jackson The opening of the song lulls the listener into a state of relaxation and false security, then almost immediately rips that ground away as the entire ensemble joins in. As the piece moves on, the listener is overwhelmed with series of ethereal sounds, solos, and hard grooves and is almost compelled to dance… as if by some "unseen" force.

 Aliens Amongst Us by Jeffrey Stahmer When you are in public, have you ever wondered about some of the strangers around you? Are they just normal people or are they extraterrestrials inhabiting humanoid bodies? The behavior of some people makes you wonder if there are aliens amongst us. This piece was composed using Sibelius notation software and the resulting MIDI files were imported to Reason where the lush chords, voices, and computer sounds were designed. The song was assembled, mixed and sequenced using Logic Pro. The meter is a four beat feel layered over a five – and this ain’t your father’s 5/4.

 Videogame Night by Kevin Peek The idea for this song came to me while I was enjoying a night of video games. The drum kit sounds used in the song were actually ripped and sampled from a Playstation 1 game! After creating the drum kit patch myself, I decided to follow suit with the rest of the song. All of the other sounds in the piece were made from scratch, or provided by a 37-key Yamaha Portasound PSS-140 that I found at the thrift store for $2.99.

 Night Song by Michala Mesler "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." - Jesus (John 8:12)

 Undersea at Night by Will Brobston This piece begins with reversed percussion recordings and whale sounds that I sampled from a vinyl page torn out of a January 1979 issue of National Geographic magazine. The song builds into a dense combination of looped guitar and sitar recordings, layered percussion, and a four-piece choir.

 The End by Kevin Peek and Chris Humphries At times, the realities of life tend to toe the line between fact and fiction, making it hard to find truth. Certain events occur in life that provide moments of clarity, and “The End” is about those moments.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Experience CME In the Dark!

The Computer Music Ensemble will present In the Dark Friday April 26th and Saturday April 27th.  Both shows start at 7:30 PM and will be in the Odess Theatre of the Alys Stephens Center.  Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the ASC box office in advance, or at the door. Popular student composers and performers Will Brobston, Chris Humphries, RJ Jackson, Michala Mesler, Aubrey Mills, Kevin Peek, and Jeffrey Stahmer will present and perform all-new original works.

The "In the Dark" theme takes full advantage of the black box theatre setting and audience members will experience total darkness, performers with headlamps, electroluminescent wires, glow-in-the-dark drumsticks, glow bracelets, and an array of other special lighting effects designed by top Theatre Department student lighting designer Kevin Allinder, and Theatre Department Chair Kelly Allison.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Texas Music Educators Presentation

Thanks for attending my presentation at the Texas Music Educators Convention. To view the presentation notes, click here.

All the best, Scott Phillips