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

Effects of cognitive load on perception

Date: 
Fri, 05/29/2015 - 11:30am - 12:30pm
Location: 
CCRMA Seminar Room
Event Type: 
Hearing Seminar
How is it that we recognize audio, in impoverished environments?  How does our cognitive state, and the load our brains are suffering under, effect how we perceive and understand audio? Speech gives us a convenient model to talk about syntax, but the same considerations probably apply to music.  While this talk describes a speech paradigm, I believe it applies to all forms of auditory perception. 

   Who: Sven Mattys (University of York, UK)
   What: Effects of cognitive load on perception
   When: May 29, 2015 at 11AM
   Where: CCRMA Seminar Room
   Why: Because perception depends on cognition
FREE
Open to the Public

Stanford Laptop Orchestra @ Bing Concert Hall

Date: 
Sat, 05/30/2015 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: 
Bing Concert Hall
Event Type: 
Concert

The Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) celebrates the conclusion of its 2015 season & course with its full-scale concert performance at Stanford University's Bing Concert Hall!  You are cordially invited to an evening of works for the full ensemble of humans, laptops, new instruments, and hemispherical speaker arrays!

For details, visit:
     slork.stanford.edu/events/2015/spring/

Thank you and we hope to see you then and there!
FREE
Open to the Public

Henry Kaiser + William Winant + Tania Chen

Date: 
Thu, 06/04/2015 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
CCRMA STAGE
Event Type: 
Concert

FREE
Open to the Public
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Recent Events

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

Guest Colloquium: Roger Schwenke - Designing the Meyer Sound Constellation System @ Lathrop Library

Date: 
Wed, 05/13/2015 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: 
Room 282 at Lathrop Library
Event Type: 
Guest Colloquium
Did you know that the Meyer Sound Constellation System is installed in Room 282 at Lathrop Library? Come to this talk by Meyer Sound Staff Scientist Roger Schwenke, PhD, on the design and implementation of the Constellation System. 1-hour talk followed by a few minutes for questions/discussion.

Biography
At major venues throughout the world, Dr. Roger Schwenke has made acoustic measurements and recommendations, and designed and tuned Constellation Electroacoustic Architecture Systems.
FREE
Open to the Public

Bruno Ruviaro: Cinema For The Ears

Date: 
Fri, 05/08/2015 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
Braun Rehearsal Hall
Event Type: 
Concert
A movie without images: what does that look like? Or should we say, how does it sound? In this immersive surround-sound concert, Brazilian composer Bruno Ruviaro becomes the DJ to guide you through a full evening dedicated to your ears. But is it music or cinema? With this unusual, genre-defying combination of dialogue, sound, music, and ambiance, let your imagination boldly go where it has never gone before!

Bruno will use CCRMA's 25.6 3D system currently set up at Braun Rehearsal Hall in the Braun Music Center to dazzel your mind/ears.

Directions: music.stanford.edu/venues/campbell/directions-parking



FREE
Open to the Public

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:
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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...

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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...

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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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