Oberlin established the Technology in Music and Related Arts Program in the early 1970s. The mission was to study the connections between music and the other arts, dance, theater, video, and film.
We have offered courses in electronic and computer music since 1968, when the National Science Foundation provided a large startup grant. Oberlin was first to bring music technology to a small undergraduate institution.
We established an electronic and computer music curriculum in 1987, that leads to a Bachelor of Music degree. Students in this major combine traditional musical subjects with the newest methods for music making. Classes in music history and theory, ethnomusicology, and performance give electronic and computer music students perspective for viewing their own music.
TIMARA Studios opened in 1989 and houses equipment for sound synthesis, recording, and computing. It provides an ideal setting for teaching, research, and composition. The complex includes four production studios, a room for computer music work stations, faculty and staff offices, a technical workshop, and a digital recording studio with a control room adjacent to a large rehearsal space. The studios' "Media Room" includes equipment and software for producing professional standard CDs and DVDs in 5.1 surround sound. Most of the studios are equipped with 5.1 playback.