Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics

CCRMA Summer Workshops 2014

CCRMA Summer Workshops have been scheduled for 2014. Full schedule, links to detailed sites, and registration information can be found by clicking here. Come join us at CCRMA this summer!

Upcoming Events

François Germain: Towards practical source-independent algorithms using nonnegative matrix factorization

Date: 
Wed, 04/23/2014 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217
Event Type: 
Colloquium
Limitations of nonnegative matrix factorization (NMF) were recently circumvented through the development of "universal source models" which exploit the similarities inside a given class of sources in order to eliminate the need for user-provided training data. The resulting system is unsupervised from the user perspective which strongly improves its range of practical use. This method was applied to applications such as offline speech enhancement, voice activity detection and singing voice separation. 

Full abstract:
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Recent Events

CCRMA Winter Concert

Date: 
Fri, 03/14/2014 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Location: 
Bing Studio
Event Type: 
Concert
Please join CCRMA faculty, students and staff for the 2014 CCRMA Winter Concert.

Featuring an immersive 24.6 speaker system and an ecelctic mix of live interactive musical systems, richly-textured sound fields and mixed-media works, the concert will take place in the Bing Concert Hall Studio space.

Performers and Composers include:
FREE
Open to the Public

Marcus Schmickler: Politics of Frequency - Colloqium and Concert

Date: 
Thu, 03/06/2014 - 5:15pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
CCRMA Stage
Event Type: 
Colloquium

5:15pm: Schmickler’s talk will give an introduction to the piece "Poiltiken der Frequenz" (Politics of Frequency). Following an hypothesis "Music and Economics share a fundamental object: numbers."  Schmickler’s project "Poiltiken der Frequenz" circles around the acoustic rendering of number concepts. Inspired by Alain Badiou’s Le Nombre et les Nombres, the piece attempts to question the apparent immediacy of numbers that allow calculation to govern today’s economy, social sciences and everyday life.

FREE
Open to the Public

Crystal Mooncone

Date: 
Tue, 03/04/2014 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Location: 
CCRMA Stage
Event Type: 
Concert
CCRMA is excited to present Crystal Mooncone in a free concert in the CCRMA Stage.

Chris Peck, Jon Moniaci, and Stephen Rush are Crystal Mooncone:

“We use music we find on the streets and in the forests and play them with our laptops. We play accordions, guitars, balloons, organs, and pianos. We play pretty music and we play noise. We care if you listen. We play for dancers and and video and in the dark. We record in canoes, in swamps, and in studios, and perform in Europe, India, and the U.S.” 

Music and more at http://music.mooncone.net/
FREE
Open to the Public

Banging Like an 808? Developing a Physically-Informed, Circuit-Bendable, Digital Model of the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer

Date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
CCRMA Classroom
Event Type: 
DSP Seminar
Can a digital system provide satisfactory emulations of classic analog musical instruments and effects? Polarized reactions to the impending release (this month!) of Roland's TR-8 Rhythm Performer (a digitally modeled TR-808/909) have reignited this old debate. I've focused my research on creating physically-informed, circuit-bendable, digital models of analog drum machines. At this DSP Seminar, I'll present my methodological framework and analysis/models of one of the 808's most famous sound generators: the bass drum. My digital model, implemented in Cycling 74's Gen~, retain the salient features of the original analog drum machine and allow for accurate emulation of circuit-bending and common 808 mods. This work takes an engineering approach to hacking and circuit bending, clears up misconceptions about the 808's circuitry, and plugs a conspicuous drum-machine-shaped gap in virtual analog research.
FREE
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Recent News

Sound Makers Unite at Stanford

From the Make Blog: This weekend I went down to Palo Alto to check out the DIY Musical Instrument Tailgate Party, hosted by Thingamajigs and the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).

The fun, welcoming event was an amplified (pun intended) meetup, where makers could show off their projects and prototypes to each other. The public was invited to interact with the makers and the instruments and there were several performances throughout the afternoon as well. Read more here...

More than a Stanford concert hall, Bing is a high-tech music research lab

Like a well-designed sports car, Stanford's new Bing Concert Hall looks great from the outside but is even more impressive when you peer under the hood. And Feb. 15-16, Bing's high-tech engine will shift into overdrive when the groundbreaking electronic musicians of Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) showcase their latest works. Read more...

(Stanford News article by Nate Sloan)

CCRMA's Ge Wang Named Champion of the Arts

Stanford faculty member Ge Wang is the recipient of this year's "Champion of the Arts" Award. Ge Wang of Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) and co-founder of Smule, will add this new title to the many awards and accolades he has already received for his innovative work in music through technology. 

Musical America: "All Hail, Bing"

Bay Area music lovers converged on Stanford University over the weekend, as the long-awaited Bing Concert Hall opened its doors. Read more...

CCRMA's Work at Bing Concert Hall Featured in Stanford Daily

 Stanford's Bing Concert Hall opens this Friday with soundscape fanfare: The first notes on opening night will show off the advanced acoustic and technical systems of the new concert hall. Read more...

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