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

Alex Brandmeyer on High-frequency Neural oscillations for Auditory Perception

Date: 
Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location: 
CCRMA Seminar Room (Top Floor of the Knoll)
Event Type: 
Hearing Seminar
Our transparent everyday experience of sound belies the complex perceptual processes which transform acoustic energy in the environment into rich representations of sound-emitting objects. Since the publication of Bregman’s seminal work on ‘Auditory Scene Analysis’, much progress has been made in understanding the neural mechanisms that support the formation of auditory streams and object representations. This talk will focus on the functional role of neural oscillations in audition, and the interplay between top-down (i.e. attentional and executive processes) and bottom-up (sensory) processes during the formation of perceptual representations.
FREE
Open to the Public

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

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

The Lightbulb Ensemble

Date: 
Tue, 04/14/2015 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: 

CCRMA STAGE

Event Type: 
Concert

The Lightbulb Ensemble (LBE) is a composer collective that champions experimental music, instrument building, and contdmpoary gamelan. The ensemble emerged from the culture of new music at Mills College (several players are Mills graduate) and the longstanding cross-cultural artistic exchange of Gamelan Sekar Jaya.

LBE performs on steel metallophones, wooden marimbas, and other musical instruments designed, tuned, and built by Brian Baumbusch, the ensemble's founder and director. LBE is cross-cultural in a musical sense as well: the ensemble utilizes techniques, textures, and concepts that fuse - and at times contrast with - Balinese and Western new-music community, including the Paul Dresher Ensemble, The Jack Quartet, and The Center for Contemporary Music.

FREE
Open to the Public

Guest Lecture: Brian Baumbusch

Date: 
Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Location: 
CCRMA Stage
Event Type: 
Guest Lecture
Please join us for a pre-concert presentation, centering around the acoustical, mathematical, and compositional principles involved in the formation of "The Lightbulb Ensemble." Brian will discuss the acoustical approach behind the building and tuning of the metallophone instruments that inspired the formation of the group. These steel "gamelan" instruments were built in collaboration with American sculptor Bernie Hosey, and are based on a five tone scale evocative of the Indonesian pelog scale, but are tailored to be self generative in that the tuning of each key is extracted from an overtone from a lower pitched key.
FREE
Open to the Public

Weston Olencki - New Music For Trombone and Trombone with Electronics

Date: 
Sat, 04/11/2015 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
CCRMA Stage
Event Type: 
Concert
SF-based Weston Olencki presents a program of boundary-pushing and radical works for trombone, which explore sound, acoustics, and perception as objective and/or tactile phenomena. The concert includes works for solo trombone and trombone with electronics.

Program:
Timothy McCormack - HEAVY MATTER (2012)
Nicholas Deyoe - facesplitter (2011/14)
Pablo Santiago Chin - From Afar (2014)
Joan Arnau Pàmies - new work (2015)
Peter Ablinger - Posaune und Rauschen (2015)
Bernhard Lang - Differenz/Wiederholung 4.02 (2000)
Katherine Young - Puddles and Crumbs (2014-15)


FREE
Open to the Public

Hans Tutschku: Electroacoustic Works

Date: 
Fri, 04/10/2015 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
Braun Rehearsal Hall
Event Type: 
Concert
With an impressive catalogue of compositions, including a collection of engaging multimedia productions, Hans Tutschku - faculty member and director of the electroacoustic studios at Harvard University - uses precise craftmanship in compositional techniques to allow the listener "to hear only the voice of the music he has created and not the technology". CCRMA is proud to feature this concert of Tutschku's electroacoustic music works, including some of his most recent compositions.

* Firmament-schlaflos, 16-channel
* Klaviersammlung, 16-channel
* Issho-ni, 8 channel
FREE
Open to the Public
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Recent News

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. 

Tricking the brain

Most interns don’t deliberately try to deceive executives at their employer’s company, but Dolby intern Jimmy Tobin was asked to do just that.
 
For a reception following a day of meetings for the company’s 90 top leaders, Tobin, a student of symbolic systems at Stanford University, and fellow interns working in the Science Group with Senior Staff Scientist Poppy Crum were asked to create a series of demonstrations of perceptual illusions.
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