iPad Improvisation at USF

USF students and faculty marry technology with music and dance, using the iPad to bring the message home.



By Amy Mariani

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (March 29, 2011) – Five musicians stand scattered in the lobby of the new School of Music building at the University of South Florida. About half a dozen dancers jump, clap and vibrate around them, silhouetted by the setting sun beaming through the floor-to-ceiling windows.


It's a music and dance improvisation rehearsal, but it includes a unique and innovation element: iPads. The performance has a light structure, but the artists are encouraged to fill the gaps with their own creativity.


“They're independent skeletons of music and dance,” Paul Reller said, iPad musician and Director of SYCOM, USF’s suite of electronic music studios.


Associate Director David Williams, and brainchild of the iPad idea, said he drew inspiration from the School of Music's strong music education program.


“My interest is from the education standpoint,” he said, with iPad in hand. “For (the students) to see potentials that are out of the ordinary.”


The above video is a taste of what is to come. To see the full performance, check out the School of Music Opening Gala on April 3, starting at 4pm.