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John Keston

Clinical Professor
Degree
MFA., Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Office
OEC 119E
Phone
651-962-5868
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5868
Mail
Mail 5013
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Scholarship and Service:

Professor Keston’s combined backgrounds in music technology, new media, and software development have led him to adopt music, sound, moving images, and interactivity as the primary modalities in his artistic practice and research. He composes music, produces interactive performances, and installations using custom built software and instruments. His recent series, Duets for Synthesizers and the Singing Ringing Tree was funded by the American Composers Forum and the Jerome Foundation.

Professor Keston has spoken, performed, or exhibited at Northern Spark, the Weisman Art Museum, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Burnet Gallery, Walker's Point Center for the Arts, Echofluxx (Prague), the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the In/Out Festival of Digital Performance (NYC), the Eyeo Festival, INST-INT, and Moogfest. He produced, directed, and performed in the piece Instant Composer: Mad-libbed Music, a featured event at Northern Spark 2015. A selected portfolio and discography of his work is available at http://www.johnkeston.com.

Professional Experience:

Professor Keston founded the online resource, http://audiocookbook.org where he publishes articles about his research and artistic practice. In addition to his work as a musician, composer, performer, and new media artist he has over a decade of experience teaching interactivity. Prior to entering academics he worked for several Minneapolis based agencies and as an independent contractor doing web development, sound design, and music production. 

Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
COJO 111 - 02 Intro to COJO-I M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 OEC 303

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

OEC 303

Course Registration Number:

41115 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

John C. Keston

This is the first of a two-course sequence that introduces students to essential skills of the communication and journalism discipline. Students will develop skills to communicate thoughtfully, professionally and ethically with a variety of public audiences. Essential writing and public speaking skills are paired so that students master a writing style and then convert that writing to an oral presentation, or vice versa. Students learn how to appropriately and effectively speak and write to academic, professional and citizen audiences. Students are strongly encouraged to complete this course and COJO 112 before taking any 300- or 400-level COJO courses. -- --

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 256 - 01 Design Concepts-Communication - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 312

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

OEC 312

Course Registration Number:

40615 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

John C. Keston

This course has been developed to provide students with an elementary understanding of graphic design elements and principles. Applied projects in typography and publication layout will be completed via the Macintosh.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 256 - 02 Design Concepts-Communication - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

43848 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

John C. Keston

This course has been developed to provide students with an elementary understanding of graphic design elements and principles. Applied projects in typography and publication layout will be completed via the Macintosh.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 258 - 01 Writing/Designing for the Web - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 312

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

OEC 312

Course Registration Number:

40616 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

John C. Keston

This course teaches students HTML and Web-page production. The goal is to help students develop strategies for writing, editing, designing and publishing a Website that meets professional standards.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 478 - 10 Experiential Learning - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

43596 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

John C. Keston

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

J-Term 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
COJO 258 - 01 Writing/Designing for the Web - T W R F - - 1300 - 1600 OEC 312

Days of Week:

- T W R F - -

Time of Day:

1300 - 1600

Location:

OEC 312

Course Registration Number:

10298 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

John C. Keston

This course teaches students HTML and Web-page production. The goal is to help students develop strategies for writing, editing, designing and publishing a Website that meets professional standards.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
COJO 112 - 02 Intro to COJO-II M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 OEC 312

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

OEC 312

Course Registration Number:

20459 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

John C. Keston

This is the second of a two-course sequence that introduces students to essential skills of the communication and journalism discipline. In this course, students will build upon the skills developed in COJO 111, applying more sophisticated theoretical and analytical concepts and producing more advanced writing, speaking and multimedia projects. Prerequisite: COJO 111 or permission of instructor. Students are strongly encouraged to complete COJO 111 and this course before taking any 300- or 400-level COJO courses.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 258 - 01 Writing/Designing for the Web - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 312

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

OEC 312

Course Registration Number:

20463 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

John C. Keston

This course teaches students HTML and Web-page production. The goal is to help students develop strategies for writing, editing, designing and publishing a Website that meets professional standards.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 262 - 01 Audio Production - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC LL13

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

OEC LL13

Course Registration Number:

21351 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

John C. Keston

An introduction to audio production. Students will produce projects digitally that are designed to acquaint them with genres, styles and production techniques. Production planning, scripting, the use of sound effects, field production, multitrack recording, mixing and editing are covered.

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