The JACK Quartet, from left: John Pickford Richards, Christopher Otto, Ari Streisfeld, Kevin McFarland

Filling seats is always a concern at concert venues. Now, in a twist, Miller Theatre wants to fill the stage with listeners.

Otto Luening and Vladimir Ussachevsky in the Columbia-Princeton studios, 1960
(Image credit: Computer Music Center Archives)

Sixty years ago, music professor Vladimir Ussachevsky received a large package at his office with revolutionary new technology: a reel-to-reel Ampex tape recorder.

Soon after graduating from college, Tyler Bickford taught music for a year at a rural Vermont elementary school. Years later, the same school would serve as a rich laboratory for his Columbia dissertation about how kids consume digital media.