Students Showcase Elecronic Music at "Soundscapes" Concert

May 9, 7 p.m., The Forum (C-40)

Soundscapes2014APRIL 14, 2014 -- Allan Hancock College music students will present a semester’s worth of creativity during the annual Soundscapes concert on Friday, May 9, in the C-40 Forum on the Santa Maria campus.  The concert features original electronic music compositions created by student composers.  The concert begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Electronic music is created by using synthesizers and other electronic instruments, many of which are controlled by a computer.

“The concert will be impressive because it is always fascinating to see and hear what students come up with,” said music instructor Marcus Engelmann.  “For months we only hear keyboard clicks in the classroom.  That all changes when the clicks transform into dance, classical and ambient music.  This year, a student is composing a cover of an ’80s song.”

Engelmann, who has a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, started the electronic music program when he arrived at Hancock in 1986.  He said electronic music has become more mainstream over the years.  “Electronic music is everywhere.  It’s on the radio and television, in movies, it’s inescapable,” said Engelmann.  “It is so widespread because all the tools needed to create this form of music are in one box, they’re available for most computers.”

The compositions will be pre-recorded performances because they were created on campus in either in the computer lab, control room or studio.  Special video displays will accompany the musical pieces.

A group of film students will also unveil its special project.  They were assigned a three- to four-minute video clip that included no sound.  For the last several weeks, the students have been creating the sound effects, dialogue and musical score to accompany the video.

“Whether these students are musicians, filmmakers or pursuing a different career, they can bring this new creativity back to what they do,” added Engelmann.  “The event is a chance to showcase what Hancock students are able to do, as well as their talent and creativity.”

For more information contact Engelmann at 1-805-922-6966, ext. 3219 or email

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Caption: Music students at Allan Hancock College have been working with instructor Marcus Engelmann this semester to create electronic music.  They will present their work during the annual Soundscapes concert on Friday, May 9, in the C-40 Forum on the Santa Maria campus.  The concert is free and open to the public.

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