March 21, 1991.
On this day, IUPUI unveiled its new computer music laboratory. A joint effort of the School of Music at IUPUI and campus computing services, the lab afforded students the opportunity to compose and perform music employing a wide range of computer equipment and software.
Darrell L. Bailey, director of the IUPUI music program and designer of the state-of-the-art lab, explained that students would be able to learn the latest music technologies that were "revolutionizing the music performing and recording fields." Using new technologies, students could compose music or mix previous compositions in new combinations. "Student interest in the lab already is extraordinary," said Bailey. He added that the lab was the "largest and most technologically advanced in the nation" and afforded students interested in music technologies the best training opportunities in preparation to enter the field. The lab resided in the Mary Cable Building, a former public-school building bought by IUPUI to house classes and offices.
Today the Department of Music and Arts Technology is part of the School of Engineering and Technology and offers the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Music Technology.
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