Computer science and hip hop may seem like two subjects with nothing in common, but Georgia Tech’s EarSketch project is changing that notion. Coming out of the Adaptive Digital Media (ADAM) lab, EarSketch is a digital audio workstation enviornment that allows high school students to learn computational remixing of hip hop by using code to control loops and beats to compose music. The project has just recently announced that it will be partnering with Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton, who has mixed 10 albums for Jay-Z and is widely regarded as one of the best hip-hop engineers in the country.
“I knew early in my career that giving back and teaching young people were my passions,” Keaton says. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for professionals taking me under their wing and teaching me the craft. EarSketch is the program that will spark the next great computer or music mind.”
Brian Magerko, assistant professor of Digital Media and director of the ADAM Lab, looks forward to the possibilities that Young Guru will bring to EarSketch.
“Young Guru brings a new level of creativity and professional musical expertise to EarSketch,” he says. “Altanta high school students will have a chance go learn about computer science with help from one of the biggest producers in hip-hop.”
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