Colloquium Series

The CCRMA Colloquium is a weekly gathering of CCRMA students, faculty, staff, and guests. It is an opportunity for members of the CCRMA community and invited speakers to share the work that they are doing in the field of Computer Music.  The colloquium typically happens every Wednesday during the school year from 5:15 - 7:00pm and meets in the CCRMA Classroom, Knoll 217 unless otherwise noted. 

Colloquia and concerts are announced via a mailing list.



 

Recent Colloquia

  • Pierre Divenyi : Fishing a Sound Pattern Out of the Mud - Some Experiments In Auditory Scene Analysis

    Date: 
    Wed, 02/20/2013 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217
    Event Type: 
    Colloquium
     When the objective is to recognize a target pattern in a setting where other streams are concurrently present, the process can be challenging, especially when the target and the distractor streams share characteristics along one or more dimensions. In a series of experiments, we examined this phenomenon – failure of auditory scene analysis also called informational masking – in reduced settings.
    Open to the Public
  • Eric Humphrey : Deep Learning in Music Informatics - New Directions for the Next Decade

    Date: 
    Wed, 02/13/2013 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217
    Event Type: 
    Colloquium

     As we look to the future of content-based music informatics, there is a general sense that progress is decelerating throughout the field. On closer inspection, performance trajectories across several applications reveal that this is more than just a feeling, raising some difficult questions for the discipline: why are we slowing down, and what can we do about it? This talk aims to address both of these issues.
    Open to the Public
  • Amit Zoran: Hybrid Fabrication and the Design of Musical Instruments

    Date: 
    Wed, 02/06/2013 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217
    Event Type: 
    Colloquium
     

     In recent years, advances in digital tools have dramatically altered our ability to design the physical world. Musical instruments have always been at the cross-section of traditional and contemporary technologies, which makes them a great domain for design exploration.This research explores what has conventionally been treated as two divergent design realms - that of emerging digital technologies and timeless hand-hewn craft.

    Open to the Public
  • Data Visualization: Sha Hwang - The Silver Object for Us is the Same - Visualizing the Ephemeral

    Date: 
    Wed, 01/30/2013 - 5:15pm - 7:05pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom
    Event Type: 
    Colloquium
    Sha will how is work looking at cities, culture, and memory using largly web based Data Visualizaiton techniques.

    http://postarchitectural.com
    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • Marguerite Humeau and Julien Bloit: The Opera of Prehistoric Creatures

    Date: 
    Wed, 01/23/2013 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217
    Event Type: 
    Colloquium
     'The Opera of Prehistoric Creatures' sets up the rebirth of cloned creatures, their wandering and their sound epic. They are seeking to evolve in our contemporary era.The designer aims at resuscitating the sound of prehistoric creatures by reconstructing their vocal tract from incomplete data.  3D models are derived from MRI  scans (woolly mammoths frozen in Siberia) as well as fossil data .
    Open to the Public
  • Kurt Werner and Mayank Sanganeria: BitBending - circuit bending brought to software

    Date: 
    Wed, 01/16/2013 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217
    Event Type: 
    Colloquium
     We present a justification for computer modeling of circuit bent instruments, with deference to the movement's aversion to "theory-true" design and associations with chance discovery. We introduce the technique of "bit bending," a particularly fertile type of "bend" dealing with short-circuits and manipulations upon digital serial information.
    Open to the Public
  • Scott Summit: 3d printing of musical instruments

    Date: 
    Wed, 01/09/2013 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217
    Event Type: 
    Colloquium
     3D printing stands to change the way we create, enabling a new perspective on the design of traditional products and processes.  We can envision a day when instruments may be co-created by the end-user, and 'printed' on demand.  The ability to create shapes, unrestricted by the fabrication process, offers an instrument designer opportunity to 'design' the sound of their choice, potentially realizing entirely new forms.
    Open to the Public
  • Tomasz Zernicki: Sinusoidal modeling of music in the context of audio bandwidth extension and signal compression.

    Date: 
    Tue, 01/08/2013 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217
    Event Type: 
    Colloquium
     

    Sinusoidal modeling is well established signal processing frameworks applicable to speech and audio analysis, time and pitch scaling, enhancement, restoration, source separation, automatic recognition, watermarking, compression, and synthesis. Zernicki will demonstrate his work on hybrid sinusoidal modeling Matlab toolbox as well as its usage in the context of audio compression.

    http://www.multimedia.edu.pl/audio_research/sinmod.html

    Open to the Public
  • Colloquium with Mika Kuuskankare, CCRMA visiting scholar

    Date: 
    Wed, 05/30/2012 - 5:15pm - 7:15pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217
    Event Type: 
    Colloquium
     PWGL -- A VISUAL PROGRAMMING ENVIRONMENT FOR MUSICAL COMPOSITION, MUSIC ANALYSIS, SOUND, AND PEDAGOGY.
    Free
    Open to the Public
  • CCRMA Colloquium with Daniel Ott and Ketan Bhatti from UDK Berlin

    Date: 
    Wed, 05/23/2012 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217
    Event Type: 
    Colloquium
    Ketan Bhatti (percussionist) an Daniel Ott (composer) will present a lecture/performance in collaboration with friends Judith Seng and Axel Kufus, designers from the UdK Berlin. They have prepared a lecture/concert about their collaboration between music, technology and design - and about the impulses from the different fields - from the angle of musicians. Ketan prepared a practical experiment for the audience. 

    Bio:
    FREE
    Open to the Public

Upcoming Colloquia

  • François Germain: Towards practical source-independent algorithms using nonnegative matrix factorization

    Date: 
    Wed, 04/23/2014 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217
    Event Type: 
    Colloquium
    Limitations of nonnegative matrix factorization (NMF) were recently circumvented through the development of "universal source models" which exploit the similarities inside a given class of sources in order to eliminate the need for user-provided training data. The resulting system is unsupervised from the user perspective which strongly improves its range of practical use. This method was applied to applications such as offline speech enhancement, voice activity detection and singing voice separation. 

    Full abstract:
    Open to the Public