Work by my students and educational events.

Open Recital: RICE + Sound Studies (2023)


Haverford and Bryn Mawr students from the courses Realtime Interfaces for Creative Expression and Sound Studies: Modernity + Synthesis perform final projects.

Students from the former are utilizing custom software applications developed in Cycling '74's Max/MSP programming environment. Students from Sound Studies perform on modular synthesizers on loan from Haverford College's Studio for Electronic Art.

Open Recital took place on December 14th, 2023.

Open Recital: Modular Sound (2023)


Final performances for the class of Modular Sound at Haverford College, Spring Semester 2023.

Taking place at the VCAM Studio for Electronic Art (SEA), students gain a fluency in Sound Studies and compose works for modular synthesizers.

Open Recital: Realtime Interfaces for Creative Expression (2021-2022)


Students of RICE (Realtime Interfaces for Creative Expression) demonstrating their final projects at the end of the fall semester in 2022 and 2021.

Utilizing the programming environment Max, students employ a variety of methods for interactive performance, including realtime audio analysis, motion-tracking, algorithmic media playback, and audio synthesis.

Performances took place in the VCAM lounge at Haverford College.

Emphasizing human-computer interaction and creativity, RICE takes an expansive approach towards working with interactive media, often attracting students from a wide variety of interests and backgrounds. As is evident in the final projects, RICE has repeatedly demonstrated itself as a course where both STEM and Humanities students can meaningfully collaborate and learn from each other.

Sarah Davachi/Sisters with Transistors (2022)


As part of the Strange Truth film series at Haverford College, composer Sarah Davachi was invited to speak with professor Matt O'Hare prior to a screening of the 2020 documentary Sisters With Transistors (dir. Lisa Rovner).

Interview took place Wednesday, October 19th, 2022 in the screening room of VCAM.

Introduction to Modular Synthesis Workshop (2022)


On November 16, 2022 the Studio for Electronic Art (SEA) in the Visual Culture Arts and Media facility at Haverford College hosted its first official event: An introduction to modular synthesis workshop led by Visiting Asst. Professor Matt O'Hare.

The video above documents the "modular jam" that followed the lecture. For the majority of the participants, this is the first time they've had the opportunity to play with a modular synthesizer.

5 Second Films from UH Junior Art Block (2021)


A favorite assignment from my video art seminar taught online during the pandemic lockdown. Students were from the Junior Art Block, 3rd-year art majors pursuing BFAs in the University of Houston's Photography and Digital Media program.

SEPARATOR (Student Version) (2019)


Clips from SEPARATOR (Student Version) an animated film created collaboratively with the Art for Interactive Media course of Spring 2019 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Utilizing a wide array of original video-processing tools coded in the open-source language Processing, students crafted algorithmic animations which were then stitched together to accompany a 42-minute multi-channel composition by Prism House (Brian Wenner).

Artists featured here (in order of appearance):

Yucheng Zhang, Kristine Xu, Rohan Cherian-Ashe, Danny Li, Tom Clark, Catherine Stippell, Elvis Lin, Inwon Kang

Event Scores + Happenings: Acting with Computers (2019)


Excerpts from performances given by the undergraduate students of Acting with Computers, an interdisciplinary arts course taught by Matt O’Hare at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2019.

Based on the work of Fluxus and a number of performing artists including Yoko Ono, Allan Kaprow, Joseph Beuys, John Cage, Laurie Anderson, Pauline Oliveros, and the Wooster Group, students created their own event scores. Each score was to be composed of a series of actions that included interaction with new media and either random or algorithmic variation driven by the programming environment Max.