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

JACK QUARTET

Date: 
Sun, 04/20/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Date: 
Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: 
CCRMA STAGE
Event Type: 
Concert

We are delighted to present  two concerts by the wonderful JACK Quartet. Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Kevin McFarland, JACK is focused on the commissioning and performance of new works. 

Concert 1 takes place on Sunday 20th April at 7:00pm with recent works from their repetoire for string quartet and string quartet with electronics. Concert 2 takes place on Tuesday 22nd April at 7.30pm with new works by Stanford Composers for string quartet and string quartet with electronics.

 


FREE
Open to the Public

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. 

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Recent Events

John La Grou -Studio of the Future: 2020–2050

Date: 
Wed, 02/26/2014 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217
Event Type: 
Colloquium
 A brief look at the evolution of audio electronics, a theory of  innovation, and a sweeping vision for the next forty years of audio  production technology.
Open to the Public

Music and the Brain 2014

Date: 
Sat, 02/22/2014 - 10:00am - Sun, 02/23/2014 - 1:00pm
Location: 
CCRMA Stage
Event Type: 
Other
Please join us for an exciting weekend of talks exploring music, transcendence and spirituality. This year’s Music and the Brain Symposium focuses on music’s role in stimulating transcendent experiences.  What are the neural correlates of ‘transcendence’?  What role does culture play? 
 
We have gathered an extraordinarily diverse group of researchers, scholars and artists to explore these topics.
 
The symposium is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not required - however, seating is limited.

Program details and schedule, along with abstracts, can be found here.
FREE
Open to the Public

Natural Artefacts

Date: 
Thu, 02/20/2014 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Location: 
CCRMA Stage
Event Type: 
Concert
Natural Artefacts, made its start from collaboration over several years between the composer Per Anders Nilsson and the musicians Susanna Lindeborg and Ove Johansson. The trio is developing a concept where the computer and electronics act as a completely integrated musical instrument. The sound is a unique mix between live electronics, jazz, impro and new music. Here they collaborate with Gino Robair on drums and percussion. Natural Artafacts has been performing in USA at CNMAT, Berkeley California, Sonic circuit X festival in Berklee Boston, Buffalo University and EMF New York. Per Anders Nilsson has a background as jazz musician but is now a professor at the Academy of Music and Drama at Gothenburg University.
FREE
Open to the Public

Marc Weidenbaum: Cultural Afterlife Is a Form of Change: Two Decades of Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II

Date: 
Wed, 02/19/2014 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
Knoll Classroom
Event Type: 
Colloquium
The Talk: Marc Weidenbaum will discuss his new book in the 33 1/3 series published by Bloomsbury, Selected Ambient Works Volume II, which is about the Aphex Twin (aka Richard D. James) album by that name. He will focus on the "cultural afterlife" that the album has experienced in the two decades since its initial release on the Warp and Sire labels in 1994. Faithful to Brian Eno’s definition of ambient music, Selected Ambient Works Volume II was intentionally functional: it furnished chill-out rooms, the sanctuaries amid intense raves.
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Recent News

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The Science of Sound Recording by Jay Kadis

October, 2012, Hugh Robjohns, Sound on Sound Magazine

It’s a sad but true fact that most ‘sound engineers’ actually struggle with some of the technical and mathematical aspects that underpin audio engineering. Jay Kadis’ new book, The Science of Sound Recording (Focal Press, ISBN 978-0-240-82154-2), aims to help overcome those difficulties with clear, well-written explanations of a wide range of technical subjects related to sound recording.

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