Guest Lectures

Occasionally, courses offered at CCRMA will bring in a guest lecturer.  Often times, those lectures are open, not only to CCRMA students, staff, faculty and researchers, but also to the public.  Such events are listed below.

Recent Guest Lectures

  • Troy Rogers - The MEARIS Concept: Making Music with Modular Electro-Acoustic Robotic Instrument Systems

    Date: 
    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Stage
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture
    In this presentation, Rogers will discuss various aspects of his creative work with musical robots and other devices, with a focus on hybrid robotic instrument systems in which the robotic aspect can function as an automatically tunable acoustic filter as well as acoustic sound source, a scenario which gives rise to increased parametric depth and expressive potential.

    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • Don Knuth: Constraint-based composition

    Date: 
    Thu, 05/07/2015 - 5:15pm - 6:15pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Stage
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture
    Don Knuth will come and discuss/explain the peculiar(?) methods that he is using as he tries to compose a major work for pipe organ.
    Biography
    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • Guest Lecture: Julia Litman-Cleper. Sound Mappings: Inhabiting virtual geometry through sound.

    Date: 
    Thu, 04/23/2015 - 5:15pm - 6:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Stage
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture
    The experience of hearing one’s own voice “from the outside,” usually through an electronic device, is often at first described as “weird” or “strange” and jarring. This talk will discuss the role of internal sound and self-referent external sound in relation to proprioceptive processes, or the sense of oneself in physical space.  Sound compositions may have the capacity to change proprioceptive mappings through inducing otherwise unknowable quasi-spatial experience. We will speculate on possible reasons why it may be so. How is it that certain kinds of sound patterns can cause a deviation from what is otherwise normalized expectations of events in time.
    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • Guest Lecture: Brian Baumbusch

    Date: 
    Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:15pm - 6:15pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Stage
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture
    Please join us for a pre-concert presentation, centering around the acoustical, mathematical, and compositional principles involved in the formation of "The Lightbulb Ensemble." Brian will discuss the acoustical approach behind the building and tuning of the metallophone instruments that inspired the formation of the group. These steel "gamelan" instruments were built in collaboration with American sculptor Bernie Hosey, and are based on a five tone scale evocative of the Indonesian pelog scale, but are tailored to be self generative in that the tuning of each key is extracted from an overtone from a lower pitched key.
    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • Robert Henke shares his favorite sound design tricks with Ableton Live and Max4Live

    Date: 
    Sat, 04/04/2015 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Location: 
    Knoll Stage, Stanford University Campus
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture

    A software as complex as Ableton Live offers many ways to manipulate sound. Some are obvious and some are hidden. Robert Henke shows some examples of creative work with the software, and provides insight into more complex and iterative processes involved in his work flow. The workshop will also deal with questions of sound quality, the idea of 'good sound' and how to achieve this in a real world situation during a performance. In the second part of the workshop Robert Henke will dive into some of his Max4Live devices and will discuss the reasoning for developing own patches or tools. When does it help the creative process and when does it become a distraction?

    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • Robert Henke Symposium Spring 2015

    Date: 
    Tue, 03/31/2015 - 6:00pm - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 9:00pm
    Location: 
    Knoll Stage
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture

    Symposium Title:  A totally subjective knowledge dump about sound, performance, reverb, the beauty of repetition and the never ending battle against technology and a lack of inspiration.

    FREE
    For CCRMA Users Only
  • Advanced Topics in Video Game Audio: Leonard J. Paul

    Date: 
    Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture
    Composer, Sound Designer and Educator Leonard J. Paul visits CCRMA to present his work with procedural audio, generative music systems and Pure Data in the context of developing innovative audio and music systems for gaming. 

    Bring your lunch and learn more about how interactive audio and music programming skills can be put to use in the world of game audio and music.

    BIO:

    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • Special Guest Lecture (Music39A) by Jody Wilfong: Music Therapy – models, techniques, and impacts in children and adults

    Date: 
    Fri, 11/14/2014 - 1:15pm - 2:45pm
    Location: 
    Seminar room (The Knoll 315)
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture
    Jody Wilfong, an experienced music therapist will introduce music therapy from many different angles.  Jody received her Master's and Bachelor's of Music in music therapy from Michigan State University, and is a Board-Certified Music Therapist. Jody currently provides music therapy to children and adults with varying diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, as well as developmental disabilities and cognitive impairments.
    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • Tim Blechmann: Sine Tempore 3

    Date: 
    Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:15pm - 6:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture
    Sine Tempore deploys massive multichannel synthesis with supercollider.  For several years Tim developed a strong interest in spacial additive synthesis. This work is optimized for Wave Field Synthesis. While realizing compositions, Tim developed a technique to control hundreds of spacially distributed oscillators in space. SuperCollider is used both for audio synthesis and as a composition language. The talk gives a short presentation on the organization of the pieces and some sound examples.



    Bio:
    Open to the Public
  • Frank Wefers: Fast convolution for auralization and Virtual Reality

    Date: 
    Mon, 10/06/2014 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom, Rm 217
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture
    This talk summarizes the state-of-the-art in fast convolution and discusses computationally efficient implementations of FIR filters. These techniques are optimized for low latencies, time-varying filters and often multiple inputs and outputs. The talk discusses algorithms suited for these particular purposes, ranging from short to very long filters --- from binaural synthesis with head-related impulse responses to artificial reverberation with room impulse responses. Different hardware platforms are addressed: mobile devices, general-purpose processors (CPUs) and graphic processors (GPUs). 

    Full abstract:
    Open to the Public