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

  • Michael Vorländer : How Spherical Loudspeakers Came Into Auralization

    Date: 
    Tue, 01/22/2013 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture
     Multi-channel spherical loudspeakers became popular for control of directional radiation. They have been introduced in shapes of cubes, dodecahedra, or higher-order discrete representations of spheres. In this presentation a spherical source with a partial Gaussian distribution of 28 channels is presented. With sequential measurements and rotation of the sphere a radiation of effectively 23rd order of spherical harmonics is obtained, as long as the acoustic conditions are time-invariant.
    Open to the Public
  • iZotope and the audio industry (from ANR to SRC)

    Date: 
    Thu, 10/25/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA classroom
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture
    iZotope is an industry leader in audio signal processing technology for music creation and production.  iZotope employees will provide an overview of the company and a behind-the-scenes look at working in the audio industry.  We will present concrete examples of algorithms (such as sample rate conversion, noise reduction, beat and rhythmic analysis) that have gone from conception to productization, the engineering challenges involved, and the team needed to make it happen.
    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • Phil Dadson @ CCRMA Pre-concert Talk

    Date: 
    Tue, 10/09/2012 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture
     Phil Dadson is a New Zealand intermedia artist working essentially in sound, music, performance, and moving image. His works have been resonating throughout the international music and art worlds since the early 1970s.

     

    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • Peter Asher Q&A

    Date: 
    Thu, 05/17/2012 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Stage
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture
     We are very fortunate to have Peter Asher visit CCRMA and answer questions about his storied career in music performance, production and management.
    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • Pure and Faust: Functional Programming for Media Applications

    Date: 
    Tue, 04/17/2012 - 5:15pm - 6:30pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom [Knoll 217]
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture

    Pure and Faust: Functional Programming for Media Applications

    In recent years there have been many advances in functional programming tools for computer music and signal processing applications. In this presentation we give a hands-on introduction to the author's general-purpose functional programming language Pure and its interfaces to Yann Orlarey's Faust programming language and Miller Puckette's graphical realtime environment Pd.

    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • Morton Subotnick Lecture/Demo - "The Technological Big Bang: Tape Recorders, the Transistor & the Credit Card (a personal history)"

    Date: 
    Mon, 03/12/2012 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Stage
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture
    Morton Subotnick will present a lecture/demo about his works at 8pm on the CCRMA Stage. His presentation will be preceded by a CCRMA Colloquium with Joan La Barbara at 5:15pm.

    Morton Subotnick is one of the pioneers in the development of electronic music and an innovator in works involving instruments and other media, including interactive computer music systems. The work which brought Subotnick celebrity was Silver Apples of the Moon [1966-7], commissioned by Nonesuch Records, marking the first time an original large-scale composition had been created specifically for the disc medium – a conscious acknowledgment that the home stereo system constituted a present-day form of chamber music.
    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • Mugam: A Real-Time Exploration of Azeri Musical Improvisation and Modes

    Date: 
    Thu, 02/09/2012 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Stage
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture
    A unique musical tour exploring connections across microtonal systems of the Middle East, featuring live improvisations by visiting artists Alim and Fargana Qasimov and joined by Phaedon Sinis, a Stanford-based scholar and performer of Ottoman music.
    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • Chris Brown Presentation "Bringing Digital Music to Life"

    Date: 
    Wed, 11/16/2011 - 10:30am - 12:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom, Knoll Rm. 217 and the CCRMA Stage
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture
    Chris Brown will describe concepts from his Computer Music Journal article "Bringing Digital Music to Life" and relate them to his work and interactive new music.  The presentation will include the following examples:
     • a recording of the Hub, featuring six composer/performers electronically coordinating the activity of their individual systems through a computer network, as well as manually through ears, eyes, and hands.
    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • Phaedon Sinis - Microtones, Makam and Modulation: A Framework for Understanding Middle Eastern Music

    Date: 
    Thu, 11/10/2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom (2nd floor)
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture
     A first exposure to Middle Eastern music can be a confusing experience. For the uninitiated listener, the absence of harmonic cues and unfamiliar rhythmic cycles makes the melodic structure difficult to discern.
    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • Latent Variable Modeling of Audio

    Date: 
    Tue, 05/31/2011 - 3:15pm - 5:00pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom [Knoll 217]
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture

    Abstract: In this seminar, we will describe how latent variable models can be used to analyze and process speech and audio signals. We will begin with the basics of latent variable multinomial decompositions and work our way upwards through various higher-level models that can perform matrix and tensor factorizations, extract shift-invariant features, learn time-series, perform sparse coding, and more. We will examine their interpretations and extensions as well as their relationship to other popular machine learning techniques.

    FREE
    Open to the Public