Technology and the Arts at Stevens

The Technology and the Arts Program at Stevens Institute of Technology famliarizes students with a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the relationship between technology and the visual and performing arts.  Our philosophy is that technology is not merely a tool for the artist, but a mirror that reflects the individual's creative spirit.


The mission of the major in Music and Technology at Stevens is to not merely provide the musicianship skills and technological aptitude necessary for any actively engaged musician, but to cultivate an insight into the history of music and technology.  With such insight, students can actively engage the necessary critical thinking to foster innovation in music production, composition, and technological design.


The Visual Arts and Technology major at Stevens spans several disciplines in the visual arts, including those associated with technical, scientific, entertainment, design, and fine arts communities. The program provides a setting for instruction, learning, experimentation, and creation in video, the internet, print, animation, and sculpture.



Faculty Spotlight

Richard Graham

Assistant Professor, Music and Technology


What are your research areas of interest?

My research areas cover a range of multi-disciplinary fields, including electroacoustic music, auditory perception and scene analysis, live performance systems, and augmented musical instruments. More recently, I have developed a keen interest in the development of computational models for Eastern and Western tuning systems and their potential role in creative practice.

What are some of the courses you are currently teaching?

I currently teach Electronic Music (HMU 405), focusing on the development of interactive digital music systems. Class projects include the development and application of stochastic compositional abstractions and gestural extraction methods within real-time music performance. Students have the opportunity to augment existing musical instruments with simple sensor circuits and employ color, motion and pitch-tracking methods. 

What can students expect when they take a class with you?

Students can expect a good balance of theory and practice, tradition and technology. I tend to use Pure Data and Ableton Live extensively throughout my technology-driven courses. They can also expect a dry, Irish humor.

What do you like to do when you're not teaching?

I enjoy spending time with my wife and friends. I compose and perform original music as often as I can. I play and watch soccer. I am a fairly dedicated Liverpool FC fan; so much so, I haven't given up on them yet. I also attempt Yoga and Thai Chi poorly on an irregular basis.