M5 TALK: Michael Grabscheid presents Dance Floor 64: the world’s largest dance pad featuring high-power RGD LEDs!

speaker: Michael Grabscheid, Executive Director of Marketing, UMass
time: Friday, 16  Nov  2012 at 3:00 PM
location: M5, UMass Amherst, Marcus Hall, Room 5 (Lower Level)
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Please join us for refreshments after the talk.


Hey ECEs! Do you like…
…and most importantly, do you like to have FUN???

If you’re interested in any of the above awesome things, attending this Friday’s M5 TALK is a must!!!
UMass’ own Michael Grabscheid, digital sound & light innovator, presents Dance Floor 64: the world’s largest dance pad. Michael introduces his passion for creating digital sound & light instruments with demonstration of his laser harp and digital marimba. His current project – Dance Floor 64 – is an 8×8 grid of 64 one-foot square tiles. Each tile is independently lit by full-color RGB LEDs and can detect pressure when stepped upon to trigger both color change and sound. Michael will discuss his concept, and describe its components, including high-power LED circuits, pressure sensing circuits, modular circuit board design, microprocessor signal processing, and control & audio processing on a laptop using Max/MSP and Ableton Live.


In addition to his presentation and demonstration of the Dance Floor 64, Mr. Grabscheid will also talk about some of the other sound and light electronics projects he has been working on over the past 4 to 5 years, namely his Laser Harp, Digital Xylophone and Monome projects, with some demonstrations.


Michael Grabscheid: Bio

Michael Grabscheid has served as a marketing and management executive for numerous organizations large and small. He currently directs marketing for enrollment management at UMass Amherst. Prior positions include Vice President of Product Marketing for McKesson, a Fortune 50 company; founding Vice President, Marketing with Lumigent Technologies, named a Computerworld Top 100 Emerging Company during his tenure; and Executive Director of NESEA (an alternative energy NGO), where Michael produced more than 10 conferences/trade shows for 200-2000 people representing industry, government, and environmental/community organizations; organized 4 U.S. Solar-Electric championship car rallies; and conceived, funded and promoted a sustainable building and park demonstration project.

In 2007 Michael organized “Unbroken Chain: The Grateful Dead in Music, Culture and Memory” at UMass Amherst, the first and only academic symposium and artistic celebration focused on the Grateful Dead to be hosted by a major research university. He has since presented three papers at the Dead Studies Caucus, part of the annual American Popular Culture conference, an academic symposium attended by hundreds of popular culture scholars from around the world.

As a passionate hobby, Michael conceives, designs and builds digital electronic sound and light instruments, combining sensing devices, circuit design, and computer based signal processing. He is currently working on a 64-tile dance floor, which can sense pressure on each tile to trigger audio; this instrument features independently controlled high-power, full color LEDs to light each tile in response to sound and human interaction. Michael also dabbles in digital image design, and has had his art featured at the Hard Rock Cafe and on security laminates for numerous music festivals.

Michael earned an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and BS degrees with honors in both Mathematics and Engineering from Trinity College, Hartford, CT.

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