Mudd Talks: “Making Music Using Low-latency Technology in the New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus,” David Liao ’05 and Sarah Michal

November 12, 2021 Add to Calendar

5–6 p.m.



When we use Zoom, there is too much audio transmission delay for us to sing together. Low-latency technology, on the other hand, achieves audio delays that are low enough to let us sing to and listen to each other at the same time. Starting at the end of 2020 and then ramping up during the spring of 2021, a group of us in the New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus started using Soundjack to transmit super low-latency audio. We use LiveLab to transmit low-latency video. Join this discussion to learn about our experiences making music with this technology and how you can implement this technology in your musical ensembles too.

Open to all HMC constituents.

After earning his B.S. in physics from Mudd in 2005, David Liao worked in the NCI Physical Sciences-Oncology Network as a PhD student at Princeton University and then as a postdoc at the University of California, San Francisco. Liao's experience using animated graphics to explain to researchers from interdisciplinary teams how quantitative modeling concepts could be applied to biological sciences gave him the teaching bug. Liao is a private physics and calculus tutor located in New Jersey.

Sarah A Michal is a New Jersey-based conductor, educator and singer. She especially loves teaching beginners of all ages, fostering community and creating space for musical discovery. She is a bashful but avid player of Pokemon Go, a Pampered Chef, a cat person and a proud Hufflepuff. Michal holds an M.M. in sacred music and choral conducting from Westminster Choir College and is the artistic director of the New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus.

This event is open to everyone. Students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni are welcome to join.