Electronic Musician's Offbeat Approach Melds Sound With Computer Science

Experimental artist Sam Pluta: "I wanted to be able to invent my own type of music."

Like many other musicians, Sam Pluta can get lost in performance—head bobbing, fingers flying, shoulders shimmying. But on stage, he isn’t strumming a guitar or pounding a drum set. His instrument of choice is a computer. This unusual approach helps explain the popularity of Pluta’s classes at the University of Chicago: Unconstrained by genre, they provide students a fitting creative outlet on a campus that blurs the lines between disciplines.

Jonathan Lear Elected to the American Philosophical Society

Jonathan Lear

Profs. Jonathan Lear and Roger B. Myerson have been elected to the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States. Lear and Myerson are among the 36 newly elected members to the society, announced May 15. Also included in this year’s class are UChicago Trustee David Rubenstein, JD’73, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group; and Prof. Clifford Tabin, AB’76, chair of the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School.

Acclaimed Art Historian Serves as the Exhibition Scholar for the US Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Art Biennale

Darby English

Darby English’s scholarship defies easy categorization, combining teaching, researching, and writing about art, artists, culture, and history, as well as curating. He studies artists and their media without assigning them the tidy labels that would unjustifiably pigeonhole them.

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