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SHAWN TRAIL

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SHAWN TRAIL

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PERCUSSIONIST / Computer Scientist

 

Shawn Trail is an educator and percussionist/computer scientist working at the intersection of tradition and innovation. A dedicated advocate for human rights, social justice, inclusion, access and cultural equity, Trail has worked to establish music technology educational programs/facilities for underrepresented communities (past affiliations include: University Settlement, Future Leaders Institute, iUrbanTean, Rosemary Anderson). Access to information and resources are the biggest hurdles to pursuing music technology vocationally. Also, the skills learned through music technology education can be a vehicle for self-empowerment leading to pathways in engineering and the sciences. Currently Trail is Visiting Assistant Professor/Artist-in-Residence in Sound Arts at Dakota State University. He is most previously, a Research Fellow and Affiliate Faculty member of Make+Think+Code at PNCA. Prior to that he was a co-founder/full-time faculty member at PCC Cascade Campus' Music and Sonic Arts Program. From 2013-2015 he served as Director of Performance Arts Technologies at Oregon State University where he created the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies track in Music and Technology while overseeing duties creating STEAM opportunities as special liaison between the School of Arts and Communications and the College of Engineering. Trail completed Doctoral research from the University of Victoria, BC in Interdisciplinary Studies: Computer Science, Music. His dissertation is titled "Non-invasive Gesture Sensing, Physical Modeling, Machine Learning and Acoustic Accusation for Pitched Percussion". Trail holds a Master of Music degree in Studio Composition from SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Music; and a dual Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology/Percussion Performance from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. He has performed and published his research on novel musical human-computer interfaces, sound synthesis and robotics at NIME, ICMC, SMC, and IEEE. As a Fulbright Fellow with Medialogy in Copenhagen, Denmark, Trail focused on Sonic Interaction Design/Sound and Music Computing. Trail has been a composer-in-residence with LEMUR (League of Electronic Musical Robots) in Brooklyn, NY; and twice artist-in-residence at STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music) in Amsterdam, NL and has worked with robotic music pioneers Eric Singer, Trimpin, Karmetik and EMMI (Expressive Machines Musical Instruments ). In 2010 Trail served as Interface and Robotics Technician for 20+ time Grammy recipient Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion Tour and HD/3D Documentary. As a performer/producer Trail has toured Europe and North America performing on many stages ranging from Lincoln Center to Webster Hall, Tivoli Koncertsal to Montreal Jazzfest, sharing bills with artists ranging from Meshell Ndegeocello, Budos Band, to Pharoah Sanders. In the studio Trail has collaborated with innovators ranging from Bernard Purdie, Phil Moffa, Watter, Freak Heat Waves to Jaga Jazzist and more, and conducted research on traditional percussion and Afropop music in Ghana, West Africa as a visiting researcher at the International Center for African Music and Dance at the University of Ghana. His work has been featured in the NY Times, Songlines Magazine, Academy Award nominated film Favela Rising and he has collaborated with multi-platinum record producers Peter Dennenberg and Andrew Schepps on recording and synthesis design projects. Trail also operates Lost Audio, an active digital R&D lab and analog recording studio.

 

 
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Research


RESEARCH

Research


RESEARCH

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH: HYPERINSTRUMENTS, MUSICAL ROBOTICS, HCI, DSP/SYNTHESIS AND MUSIC INFORMATION RETRIEVAL.

Trail is currently an Interdisciplinary PhD Candidate (ABD) and research assistant with the Music Intelligence and Sound Technology Interdisciplinary Collective (MISTIC) from the University of Victoria, British Columbia in the areas of Computer Science and Music. He has published his research internationally at computer music conferences and continues to develop novel work in the area of electro-acoustic pitched percussion hyperinstruments. His doctoral work has been funded by NSRCC, SHRCC, Canada Council of the Arts and the Ord and Linda Anderson Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship.


 

PUBLICATIONS

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El-Lamellophone - A Low-cost, DIY, Open Framework for Acoustic Lemellophone Based Hyperinstruments. Intl.Conf. On New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), 2014

DSRmarimba: low-cost, open source actuated acoustic marimba framework. proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), 2014

STARI: A self tuning auto-monochord robotic instrument. IEEE Intl. Conf. on Pacific Communications, Computers and Signal Processing (PacRim), 2013

The Wiikembe—performer designed lamellophone hyperinstrument for idiomatic musical-DSP interaction. PacRim, 2013

An easily removable, wireless optical sensing system (EROSS) for the trumpet. proceedings of the Int. Conf. On New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), 2013

Reconfigurable autonomous novel guitar effects (range). proceedings of the Int. Conf. On Sound and Music Computing (SMC), 2013

Physical modeling and hybrid synthesis for the gyil african xylophone. proceedings of the Int. Conf. On Sound and Music Computing (SMC), 2012

Direct and surrogate sensing for the Gyil African xylophone. proceedings of the Int. Conf. On New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), 2012

Non-invasive sensing and gesture control for pitched percussion hyper-instruments using the Kinect. proc. of the Int. Conf. On New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), 2012

Sensor fusion: Towards a fully expressive 3d music control interface. IEEE International Conference on Pacific Communications, Computers and Signal Processing (PacRim), 2011

Music Information Robotics: Coping Strategies for Musically Challenged Robots. proceedings of the Int. Conf. for the Intl. Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), 2011

 

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Discography


discography

Discography


discography

  Freak Heat Waves  Beyond XXXL  *co- producer

Freak Heat Waves Beyond XXXL

*co-producer

  Watter  History of the Future   *marimba/arranging

Watter History of the Future

*marimba/arranging

  PCC  Vinyl Compilation Vol. 1   *executive producer

PCC Vinyl Compilation Vol. 1

*executive producer

  Iceberg Ferg  Valley of the Purple Prince   *percussion/arranging

Iceberg Ferg Valley of the Purple Prince

*percussion/arranging

  Southwoods  Southwoods   *co-producer

Southwoods Southwoods

*co-producer

  Iceberg Ferg  Waiting On   *percussion/arranging

Iceberg Ferg Waiting On

*percussion/arranging

  Dana Reason  reasoning   *tracking producer

Dana Reason reasoning

*tracking producer

  Pat Metheny  Orchestrion   *interface/robotics technician

Pat Metheny Orchestrion

*interface/robotics technician

  Inbetweens  Quantum Cowboy   *co-producer

Inbetweens Quantum Cowboy

*co-producer

  Barbarian Horde  Your Pleasure...   *percussion

Barbarian Horde Your Pleasure...

*percussion

  Brooklyn Qawwali Party  Vol. 1   *percussion

Brooklyn Qawwali Party Vol. 1

*percussion

  Favela Rising  Film Sound Track   *percussion/arranging

Favela Rising Film Sound Track

*percussion/arranging

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