room seethes with creativity
by Andrew Shurtleff
his Lawn room, Kyle Gabler masters a universe of computers
and musical and recording equipment.
By Charlotte Crystal
spill out of the closet, and computer cables writhe on the floor.
Red and white Christmas lights glimmer overhead as found art,
wire sculptures and photo portraits of friends with eyes
enlarged and swapped among the portraits jostle for space
on the walls of 6 East Lawn.
thats just eye candy winking from the back wall. The real
action is front and center. Thrumming away is a control station
with four computer monitors, a couple of CPUs, a musical keyboard
and recording equipment. Its like a souped-up car that Gabler
steers across the landscape of his mind.
21, most recently from Moorestown, N.J., is graduating May 18
with a bachelors degree of science a double major
in electrical and computer engineering from the School
of Engineering and Applied Science, and a bachelors degree
of arts in music from the College of Arts & Sciences.
by the interaction between technology, music and art, Gabler is
currently deciding between two of the countrys top masters
degree programs in his chosen field entertainment technology
at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh or film animation
at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
is one of the wackier students I have met, said David
Luebke, assistant professor of computer science. He was
in my 3-D computer animation and special effects class and was
clearly one of the top talents, producing a couple of very nice
drawing of One Big Happy World appeared on a cover
of The Declaration, a weekly alternative tabloid on Grounds,
where Gabler served as art director for a year.
two years, acclaimed by many, scorned by many, as
Gabler puts it, he drew the comic strip, Drool, for
The Cavalier Daily. He also served for a year as art director
for The Declaration, a weekly alternative tabloid on Grounds.
that, he spent a year advising first-year engineering students
and this year won an award from the Raven Society, the Universitys
oldest honorary society,
for his contributions to the U.Va. community.
that doesnt even scratch the surface of what he does in
his spare time writing scripts and making short animated
films, composing soundtracks to animated films, recording musicians
and producing soundtracks.
year he submitted a short, animated film to the Salmagundi Film
Festival, organized by the Film and Media Society at U.Va.
year, hes working on a soundtrack for Cemetery Drive,
a romantic horror story. His previous soundtracks
for short animated films include: Best of Times, about
a town an hour before the world ends; lilLizzys
Carnival Accident; and Shut Up About Your Issues,
which he describes as an acoustic indie girl and a guitar
ranting about the worlds problems inspired largely by Dr.
Seuss The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.
alone cannot fully reveal the geist of Gabler. His portfolio art,
music, videos and Internet-related projects can be experienced
online at http://www.people.virginia.edu/~kg2y/portfolio/.
actually seem to slow him down. He generally sounds like
hes had too much caffeine and sugar to think straight,
thinking follows more sinuous lines. Gablers work on Internet-related
projects includes creating interactive virtual room tours for
the U.Va. Housing Division so that prospective students can see
five different residence halls online.
also involves writing computer software, dubbed the VINE,
as a senior thesis for computer engineering.
was struck by the threat to civil liberties from the Patriot Act,
passed by Congress shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The
act has been criticized for weakening Fourth Amendment protections
against unreasonable searches and seizures and lowering the threshold
of probable cause that law enforcement agencies must meet to track
e-mail correspondence and Web activity.
VINE is my own little digital protest against surveillance in
our evolving, Big Brother world, he said.
software program allows a computer-user to share information with
another user but remain anonymous. It does this by enabling the
users computer to communicate with another computer, which
then communicates with another computer and so on until the message
reaches the intended recipient. But each link in the chain can
identify only the link before it leaving the original sender
sort of a take-over-the-world device that ensures Internet anonymity,
Gabler said. Hes still fine-tuning the program but said
it basically works.
a laugh, he added, Itll be illegal eventually.
then, though, Gabler will be steering another souped-up idea.