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

  • 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
  • Trevor Gore - Designing Contemporary Acoustic Guitars

    Date: 
    Wed, 05/18/2011 - 10:00am - 11:30am
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture

    While opinions differ as to what forms a “perfect” acoustic guitar, one that is loud, has an even gradation of tone and timbre across all the frets and plays in tune to the evenly tempered scale is quite rare, and will be perceived as having a rather alluring sound. This lecture examines how a “perfect” guitar might be designed, starting with string vibrations and the forces they exert on the soundboard and the way the soundboard consequently behaves to radiate sound.

    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • Peter Nyboer - Live Video Performance with Livid Instruments

    Date: 
    Mon, 05/09/2011 - 5:15pm - 7:05pm
    Location: 
    CCMRA Stage
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture
    Modulations video artist and Livid Instruments co-founder, Peter Nyboer talks about specific techniques used at Modulations 2011, as well as presenting techniques and technologies for live video.  He'll  present a survey of live video environments, demonstrate using controllers with video, and show Max for Live devices that tie together Ableton Live and CellDNA.  He'll have a collection of Livid controllers, and present their DIY controller hardware framework. 
    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • The Eigenharp, Continuum and LinnStrument: Hands-on with three new musical instruments for the post-mechanical age

    Date: 
    Thu, 05/05/2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location: 
    Knoll Stage
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture
     There is a new crop of musical instruments that forgo the old world of wood, strings, brass, reeds and horsehair in favor of new high-resolution sensors, sensors that promise to capture the subtleties of performance gestures as well as or better than traditional instruments. Notable examples of these new instruments are the Eigenharp (www.eigenlabs.com) and the Continuum (www.hakenaudio.com). 
     
    The Eigenharp will be demonstrated by Eigenlabs developer Geert Bevin and the Continuum will be demonstrated by bay area pianist Ed Goldfarb.
    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • Alfonso Pérez Carrillo - Special Seminar - Enhancing Spectral Synthesis Techniques with Performance Gestures using the Violin as a Case Study

    Date: 
    Wed, 01/19/2011 - 5:15pm
    Location: 
    Seminar Room
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture
    ABSTRACT: 
    FREE
    Open to the Public
  • History of YAMAHA keyboard instruments / Organ, Piano, Electone, Synthesizer

    Date: 
    Wed, 11/03/2010 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
    Location: 
    CCRMA Classroom [Knoll 217]
    Event Type: 
    Guest Lecture
    "History of YAMAHA keyboard instruments / Organ, Piano, Electone, Synthesizer"

    Toshifumi Kunimoto, General Manager, Corporate Research & Development Center, YAMAHA Corp.

    FREE
    Open to the Public