Department resources include a diverse collection of instruments
and facilities, such as an extensive music library and an
electronic music studio. See below for details about studios and
performance venues, or use the links at left to find out more
about our library, browse our program notes, or see what is
available in the archives.
The UC Davis Sound Lab is a place where students and faculty come
together to make electronic music and sonic art. The Lab’s
co-organizers are Bob
Ostertag from the Cinema and Digital Media department and
Sam Nichols from the Department of Music.
Since the early 2000s we’ve been teaching a variety of classes on
the creation of electronic music and sonic art. In 2015 we began
teaching these classes in a new space, a converted warehouse
located in the Art Annex.
This collection includes pianos by Steinway and Baldwin, a
Phillips harpsichord, a Klinkhammer harpsichord, a Schlicker pipe
organ, a Brombaugh continuo organ, and a large assortment of
early musical instruments in replica. It notably includes
seldom-used instruments that are sometimes called for in
specialized works. These include, for example, a contrabass
clarinet, bass trumpet, two Lyon & Healy concert grand pedal
harps, a 5+ octave marimba, and many other special instruments.