Einstein's Keyboard: The Physics of Synthesizers (one week)

Program length: 1 week
Program dates:
June 16, 2018 to June 22, 2018
Tuition: $1,230
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12

The Interlochen Comparative Arts Department is pleased to present our first summer collaborative institute merging the best of Interlochen's academic curriculum with the musical arts. If you are into synthesizers and algorithms, electronic music and building your own gear, join Interlochen's legendary physics professor Taoufik Nadji along with Eminem collaborator Luis Resto, and DJ and producer Salar Ansari for a weeklong dive into the world of algorithms, synths, plug ins and music composition. With a different take on creativity this institute will push our brains and creativity in a weeklong roller coaster of music, physics and minds in motion. The day will be structured in two parts, with the anatomy of synths and physical principles being scheduled in the morning, making room for electronic music history, composition and jam time in the afternoon. The institute will culminate in an outdoor performance, featuring the newly assembled instrumental gear, new sounds and some good old funk.

Audition Requirements

Please write a few short paragraphs on what your background in electronic music is, if you compose, and your interest in this course.


Salar Ansari

Faculty, Einstein's Keyboard: The Physics of Synthesizers, Interlochen Arts Camp

Taoufik Nadji

Instructor of Physics and Mathematics, Interlochen Arts Academy; Faculty, Einstein's Keyboard: The Physics of Synthesizers, Interlochen Arts Camp

Instructor of Physics & Mathematics (Adjunct Faculty) at Northwestern Michigan College; Instructor of Physical Science (Adjunct Faculty) at Central Michigan University; Member of the American Association of Physics Teachers

Luis Resto

Faculty, Einstein's Keyboard: The Physics of Synthesizers, Interlochen Arts Camp