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

Learning and Plasticity for Auditory Perception

Date: 
Wed, 06/03/2015 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: 
CCRMA Seminar Room
Event Type: 
Hearing Seminar
How do we adapt to the world around us? Adaptation is common for all of us, but especially important for patients that get cochlear implants. Many grew up hearing normally, but due to trauma have to make do with a wires that electrically stimulate the hair cells of the cochlea. This a very primitive approach that yields impressive result. But the resulting perceptions are nothing like what the patient is used to hearing.

How is it that the brain learns how to process new stimuli? And what can we do to make it easier for an individual? Dr. Matt Fitzgerald is a new member of the Stanford community. I’m happy to learn more about his work and to welcome him to the Stanford Hearing Community.
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

Computational modeling of early language acquisition – Bridging the gap between acoustic input and high-level linguistic representations

Date: 
Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Location: 
CCRMA Seminar Room
Event Type: 
Hearing Seminar
It is amazing that all of us as infants learn how to parse the auditory environment around us. Okko Räsänen is here at Stanford as a PostDoc, and coming to CCRMA to talk about his work on understanding how infants learn to segment words out of the acoustic stream. This is a special post-quarter seminar, and I think the topic is important to anybody that thinks about high-level understanding of sound.

Who: Okko Räsänen (Stanford and Aalto University)
What: Computational modeling of early language acquisition
          Bridging the gap between acoustic input and high-level linguistic representations
When: 11AM on Friday June 19, 2015
Where: CCRMA Seminar Room
FREE
Open to the Public
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Recent Events

[Guest Colloquium] May 20th: Juan Pampin and Ake Parmerud

Date: 
Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Location: 
CCRMA Classroom (Room 217)
Event Type: 
Guest Colloquium
Please join us for a pre-concert lecture by Åke Parmerud and Juan Pampin – both masters of ambisonics and multichannel composition. They will speaking about their compositions and work in spatialized audio before the concerts at the Bing concert hall on Wednesday and Thursday (May 20th and 21st).

Åke Parmerud and Juan Pampin visits and lectures are supported by generous funding from the Ben and A. Jess Shenson Funds at Stanford University.
FREE
Open to the Public

Compositional models for audio processing

Date: 
Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location: 
CCRMA Seminar Room (Top Floor of the Knoll)
Event Type: 
Hearing Seminar
Compositional models of audio, including those based on non-negative matrix factorisation (NMF), explicitly consider the fact that sound components combine largely constructively in the composition of more complex sounds. The use of compositional models has yielded state-of-the-art results in many audio processing tasks, such as sound source separation and music content analysis. In this presentation, I will give an overview of compositional model approaches to noise-robust automatic speech recognition (ASR) and discuss methods to build a dictionary of sound components. I will then show how compositional models can also be used to learn recurrent acoustic patterns representing words or phrases, with as application the construction of a language-independent vocal interface.
FREE
Open to the Public

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
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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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