My rising junior son is very interested in electroacoustic, electronic, and computer composition. He is into music technology but doesn't want to do recording engineering. He definitely wants to stay on the composition/creative side of technology. He loves vintage analog synths but also programming (puredata, max/msp). He likes playing with alternative interfaces and physical computing devices like iPhones, Kinect, Arduino. He is interested in 21st century composition, electronic music but not commercial dance music (no hip hop, dance, DJ stuff but he does like Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Aphex Twin). He has strong academics so far (4.0 GPA, 30 ACT). Bass is his primary instrument but he also plays piano and guitar. He will probably audition on Double Bass.
This summer he attended Oberlin's SonicArts and Composition camps and is currently at UMich mPulse PAT camp. On paper, UMich PAT sounded perfect but he finds PAT too recording/engineering focused (at least the camp) but liked Oberlin's Timara.
On websites it is often difficult to determine the real focus of a program. The options seem to be:
*A technology/composition program like Timara
*A composition program that embraces technology
But it seems like the personality of the program is more important than anything. He wants to study composition but in an environment that embraces technology, embraces experimentation, and embraces 20th and 21st century composition.