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

Robert Henke: Finding a New Audiovisual Language Using Lasers and Sound

Date: 
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
Knoll Stage
Event Type: 
Colloquium
Robert Henke talks about his laser based performance project Lumière II which just premiered at Centre George Pompidou in Paris, and provides insight into the artistic and technical challenges of the project.

Artist Bio:

Robert Henke, born 1969 in Munich, Germany, builds and operates machines that create sounds, shapes and structures.
FREE
Open to the Public

Robert Henke Symposium Spring 2015

Date: 
Tue, 03/31/2015 - 6:00pm - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 9:00pm
Location: 
Knoll Stage
Event Type: 
Guest Lecture

Symposium Title:  A totally subjective knowledge dump about sound, performance, reverb, the beauty of repetition and the never ending battle against technology and a lack of inspiration.

FREE
For CCRMA Users Only

Michael Mandel on Auditory bubbles: Estimating time frequency importance functions

Date: 
Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Location: 
CCRMA Seminar Room
Event Type: 
Hearing Seminar
Listeners can reliably identify speech in noisy conditions, but it is not well understood which specific features of the speech they use to do this.  This talk presents a data-driven framework for identifying these features.  By analyzing listening-test results involving the same speech utterance mixed with many different "bubble" noise instances, the framework is able to compute the importance of each time-frequency point in the utterance to its intelligibility, which we call the time-frequency importance function.  These results can be seen as a quantification of a listener's strategy for understanding a 
FREE
Open to the Public

A Supersonic Bing Thing - CCRMA in the Bing Studio

Date: 
Fri, 03/13/2015 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Date: 
Sat, 03/14/2015 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
Bing Studio
Event Type: 
Concert

Please join us for two concerts of 3D audio multichannel immersive music and soundscapes at the Bing Concert Hall Studio Space. We will deploy our 25.7 sound system for a selection of pieces from CCRMA and around the world. 

Concert 1 - Friday 13th 7.30PM

Bruce Bennett: Stretch | Jonathan Berger: Prologue to Theotokia | Takuto Fukuda: Satellites | Michael McNabb: Love in the Asylum | Ivan Naranjo: Re-Trazo III | Julian Scordato: Atropos

 

Concert 2 - Saturday 14th 7.30PM

FREE
Open to the Public
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