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

  • 3D Input: A New Dimension in Control

    Date: 
    Thu, 06/06/2013 - 3:15pm - 4:30pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom [Knoll 217]
    Event Type: 
    Colloquium
    Devices capable of three-dimensional input are finally inexpensive and ubiquitous, and enable a wide-open field of possibilities in expressive control that have barely been touched. While the Microsoft Kinect is the most visible example, other devices such as the Leap Motion are quickly expanding the capabilities. This talk will demonstrate and discuss my experience with a variety of three-dimensional input devices, the most noteworthy example being the Space Palette, a graphical and musical instrument that has been a big hit at Burning Man and elsewhere. 

    Presenter: Tim Thompson

    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • Ear Wizard, HarmonyWiz, Explores, and the Roli Seaboard Grand

    Date: 
    Fri, 05/31/2013 - 3:15pm - 4:30pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom [Knoll 217]
    Event Type: 
    Colloquium
    Jordan Rudess will return to Stanford to share his latest adventures in music technology. Highlights of the presentation include a preview of upcoming music apps by Wizdom Music, including Ear Wizard (Jordan's musical take on the game Simon), HarmonyWiz (a technology that automatically generates arrangements) and the Explores app—his upcoming interactive solo piano album.

    In addition, Jordan will show a preview of the Roli Seaboard Grand. This is a ground breaking instrument that features multidimensional control and pushes the boundaries of traditional keyboards as we know them.

    Bio: www.jordanrudess.com/jr/index2.html

    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • Hongchan Choi - WAAX: Web Audio API eXtension

    Date: 
    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217
    Event Type: 
    Colloquium
    Hongchan Choi, PhD Candidate at CCRMA, presents a JavaScript library designed for music and audio programming on the web. The WAAX library takes advantage of real-time synthesis and processing without any third-party technologies thanks to the recent introduction of Web Audio API. He will present an overview of web audio, the design process and a  live demonstration with hands-on tutorial. BYOL(Bring your own laptop) with Chrome browser!
     


    Open to the Public
  • Robert Henke: finding the beauty within

    Date: 
    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:15pm - 6:30pm
    Location: 
     CCRMA Stage , The Knoll 3rd floor
    Event Type: 
    Colloquium
     CCRMA visiting artist Robert Henke provides detailed insights into the artistic and technical aspects of his recent audiovisual works. Using his latest installation Fragile Territories as an example, he will talk about ideas, happy incidents, processes, compromises, logistics and collaboration. Henke will discuss the role of technology for his art and his self defined state as artist-engineer. He will also provide an outlook on his future plans and elaborate on how they are influenced by his previous works. 


    http://www.monolake.de/
    Open to the Public
  • Vesa Norilo: Kronos -- A New Approach to Signal Processing

    Date: 
    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217
    Event Type: 
    Colloquium
     Kronos is a special purpose programming language and a compiler suite for musical signal processing tasks. The core concepts of the language include a unified signal model, with automatic optimization for multirate systems, including audio and control signals as well as events such as OSC or MIDI. Further, functional programming techniques are supported, such as generic programming with an expressive type system and pattern matching polymorphism. User programs are compiled just-in-time, and executed natively on the host CPU with minimal overhead.
    Open to the Public
  • Alex Brandmeyer: Auditory perceptual learning using decoded-EEG neurofeedback

    Date: 
    Wed, 04/24/2013 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217
    Event Type: 
    Colloquium
    Auditory perceptual learning is a process in which skills of auditory perception improve through both passive and active exposure to sounds in the environment, and which underlies our abilities to perceive language and music. Individual differences in these perceptual skills can be observed in both our behaviors and in our brains’ automatic responses to sounds (i.e. auditory evoked responses). The results of these experiments suggest that,depending on stimulus features and participant instructions, the presentation of such feedback can lead to the modulation of distinct components of the auditory event-related potential.
    Open to the Public
  • Joshua Fineberg: Fictional Voices: the epi-phenomenology of illusory sounds

    Date: 
    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217
    Event Type: 
    Colloquium

    Fictional Voices: the epi-phenomenology of illusory sounds

    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • Andrew Nelson : The origins and impact of CCRMA

    Date: 
    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217
    Event Type: 
    Colloquium
     Today, CCRMA enjoys a literal and figurative embeddedness within Stanford and a reputation as one of the world's premiere computer music research groups. Alas, this was not always the case. This colloquium will present a historic "tour" of CCRMA, tracing its "pre-history" in the music and AI activities at Stanford and Bell Labs, through the financial and personnel crises that challenged its first decade, to the enormous influence that it's had on people and organizations around the world.

    Open to the Public
  • Jacob Kirkegaard: Labyrinthitis - the ear as instrument

    Date: 
    Wed, 04/03/2013 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Stage, The Knoll, 3rd floor
    Event Type: 
    Colloquium
    Labyrinthitis is based on a physical phenomenon: when two frequencies at a certain ratio are played into the ear, the ear itself will produce a third, deeper tone - a vivid hum, whistle or buzz. For Labyrinthitis, Kirkegaard starts off with two tones which induces a third tone in the listener's ear. He then reproduces that tone and adds a second frequency, triggering a new tone. The process is repeated, creating a descending canon that makes for a rich and utterly mesmerizing listening experience - all the more so as the listener can hear different tones in each ear. 


    bio:
    Open to the Public
  • Erik M. Schmidt: Modeling and Predicting Emotion in Music

    Date: 
    Wed, 03/20/2013 - 5:10pm - 7:00pm
    Event Type: 
    Colloquium
    This work seeks to relate core concepts from psychology to that of signal processing to understand how to extract information relevant to musical emotion from an acoustic signal. The methods discussed here survey existing features using psychology studies and develop new features using basis functions learned directly from magnitude spectra with deep belief networks. Furthermore, this work presents a wide breadth of approaches in developing functional mappings between acoustic data and emotion space parameters (e.g., conditional random fields). Using these models, a framework is constructed for content-based modeling and prediction of musical emotion.

    Full abstract:
    Open to the Public