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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. 

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
COJO 298 - 01 Creative Coding: Practice and - T - R - - - 1300 - 1700 OEC LL13

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1300 - 1700

Location:

OEC LL13

Course Registration Number:

30535 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

John C. Keston

This course examines the application of new and emerging technologies in creative and interactive media production and development. Modern audiovisual, music, and interactive projects benefit from the use of creative coding, visual programming environments, microcontrollers, sensors, data visualization, data sonification, automated fabrication, and open source platforms. As technology advances, these tools have become more common, less expensive, and easier to use. Students will put several of these new technologies into practice through a number of assignments including a final project performed or exhibited at the end of the class. A keen sense of curiosity is suggested, but no previous electronics or coding background is required.

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Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
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:

40713 (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 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:

40714 (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.

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J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location