Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics

Summer Workshops 2015 Announced!

2015 Summer Workshop lineup announced! Check https://ccrma.stanford.edu/workshops for details. Register http://app.certain.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x1979858dec1.

Upcoming Events

François-Xavier Féron - Retracing the impact of musical acoustics on Gérard Grisey’s creative process in the 1970s: from spectral models to spectrogram transcriptions

Date: 
Wed, 05/27/2015 - 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Location: 
Classroom
Event Type: 
Guest Colloquium

From its emergence in France at the beginning of the 1970s, spectral music has represented one of the main musical streams. Composed by Gérard Grisey over a decade, from 1974 to 1985, the six-piece cycle Les espaces acoustiques illustrates a new approach towards composition, one that deals with acoustic properties and is constantly preoccupied with the modalities of auditory perception. This cycle is based on a harmonic spectrum with fundamental frequency 41,2 Hz (E1). Grisey also collaborated with the acoustician Michèle Castellengo, with whom he analysed instrumental sounds spectrograms in order to compose "synthetic spectra" and "spectral polyphony".

FREE
Open to the Public

Loren Mach Performing Work By Alex Chechile, Alexandra Hay, and Holly Herndon

Date: 
Wed, 05/27/2015 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
Bing Concert Hall Studio
Event Type: 
Concert
Loren Mach will perform new music for percussion and multichannel electronics by Stanford Graduate Composers Alex Chechile, Alexandra Hay, and Holly Herndon.

Loren Mach is passionate about the arts as they relate to our 21st century world and all who inhabit it. A graduate of the Oberlin and Cincinnati Conservatories of Music, he has premiered countless solo, chamber, and orchestral works.
FREE
Open to the Public

Wet Ink

Date: 
Thu, 05/28/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
CCRMA STAGE
Event Type: 
Concert

FREE
Open to the Public
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Recent Events

Making Speech Content Sound Better

Date: 
Fri, 05/08/2015 - 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location: 
CCRMA Seminar Room
Event Type: 
Hearing Seminar
CCRMA alumnus and Adobe Researcher, Gautham Mysore will lead Friday’s Hearing Seminar with a discussion about how we can improve the quality of audio. Professional quality audio is not trivial to create. Can we build tools that make it easier?

Last week at the CCRMA Hearing Seminar we talked about how to measure the quality of a speech signal. This week we talk about how to make it sound better.

Who: Gautham Mysore
What: Making Speech Content Better
When: Friday May 8 at 11:30AM
Where: CCRMA Seminar Room
Why: Because better audio quality is always better

Title:
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

[Internal Research Colloquium] May 6th: John Granzow/Tim O'Brien/Darius Mostowfi/Jonathan Abel, Fernando Lopez-Lezcano, Eoin Callery/Jonathan Abel

Date: 
Wed, 05/06/2015 - 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Location: 
CCRMA Classroom (Room 217)
Event Type: 
Internal Colloquium
Please join us for three conference-style presentations from 1) John Granzow, Tim O'Brien, Darius Mostowfi, and Jonathan Abel; 2) Fernando Lopez-Lezcano; and 3) Eoin Callery and Jonathan Abel.

John Granzow, Tim O'Brien, Darius Mostowfi, and Jonathan Abel: An Open-Source Spherical Microphone Array Design
We present a spherically baffled 32 channel microphone array for spatial sound recording. Mechanical, acoustical, electrical and computational challenges are discussed.

Fernando Lopez-Lezcano: NaN2 (Not a Number Squared): facing the music
FREE
Open to the Public

Modulations Festival 2015 Featuring Teebs

Date: 
Sat, 05/02/2015 - 7:00pm - Sun, 05/03/2015 - 12:00am
Location: 
CCRMA Courtyard
Event Type: 
Concert
The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Stanford Concert Network, and Stanford Arts Institute present Modulations 2015, CCRMA's annual outdoor electronic music festival featuring Teebs and a stacked lineup of student electronic acts. After the the sun goes down, we'll have some live visual artists perform stunning stage visuals behind our performers. So bring your friends, hang out on the lawn, and indulge yourself in this incredible audio-visual experience.

LINEUP:
Teebs
ClearEyes
Arswain
David Grunzweig
Alta Mar
Kurt Werner
Yan Michalevsky
M$G
Ethan Geller and Friends
FREE
Open to the Public
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Recent News

The creativity of 'karma'

Palo Alto Weekly writer Nick Veronin takes a look at recent work being done at CCRMA and profiles the upcoming "Designing Musical Games::Gaming Musical Design", "New Music Controllers" and "3D Printing for Acoustics" Summer Workshops.


Read more here...

Review: Auditory Hallucinations, Composed

Congratulations to Jonathan Berger for more great reviews of his "Visitations!"

How Music Hijacks Our Perception of Time

Very interesting article by Dr. Jonathan Berger! "One evening, some 40 years ago, I got lost in time. I was at a performance of Schubert’s String Quintet in C major. During the second movement I had the unnerving feeling that time was literally grinding to a halt. The sensation was powerful, visceral, overwhelming. It was a life-changing moment, or, as it felt at the time, a life-changing eon.
 
It has been my goal ever since to compose music that usurps the perceived flow of time and commandeers the sense of how time passes. Although I’ve learned to manipulate subjective time, I still stand in awe of Schubert’s unparalleled power.

Holly Herndon's New Single Named Best New Track on Pitchfork

Congratulations to our own Holly Herndon, once again in the news!

"In reviewing electronic music composer Holly Herndon’s breakout debut, 2012's Movement, we noted her penchant for "Bending one person's voice into phantasmagorias", which continues on her newest, breath-halting single, “Chorus”." Read more, and watch video here...

Turning brain waves into music helps spot seizures

The music is eerie, if not altogether aesthetically pleasing. Like a soundtrack moments before a film's horrifying twist, the sounds of the brain in a state of seizure betrays the plot with little more than a skin-prickling crescendo.
 
This music, the electrical activity of the seizing brain translated to sound, is a merger of art and medicine, the work of Stanford's Dr. Josef Parvizi, an epilepsy specialist, and Chris Chafe, a composer and music researcher. 
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