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Upcoming Events

Effects of cognitive load on perception

Date: 
Fri, 05/29/2015 - 11:00am - 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
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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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