Chris Chafe is a composer/ cellist / music researcher with an interest in computer music composition and interactive performance. He has been a long-term denizen of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University where he directs the center and teaches computer music courses. His doctorate in music composition was completed at Stanford in 1983 with prior degrees in music from the University of California at San Diego and Antioch College. Two yearlong research periods were spent at IRCAM, and the Banff Center for the Arts developing methods for computer sound synthesis based on physical models of musical instrument mechanics. A current project, "SoundWIRE", explores musical collaboration and network evaluation using high-speed internets for high-quality sound.
Ge Wang received his B.S. in 2000 in Computer Science from Duke University, PhD in 2007 (hopefully!) in Computer Science (adviser Perry Cook) from Princeton University, and is currently an assistant professor in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University. His research interests include real-time software systems for computer music, programming languages, visualization, new performance ensembles (e.g., laptop orchestras) and paradigms (e.g., live coding), interfaces for human-computer interaction, pedagogical methodologies at the intersection of computer science and computer music. Ge is the chief architect of the ChucK audio programming language and the Audicle environment. He is a founding developer and co-director of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk), and a co-creator of the TAPESTREA sound design environment. Ge composes and performs via various electro-acoustic and computer-mediated means.
Composer and guitarist Robert Hamilton (b.1973) is actively engaged in the composition of contemporary electroacoustic musics as well as the development of interactive musical systems for performance and composition. Mr. Hamilton holds degrees from Stanford University, Dartmouth College, and the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University with additional studies at Le Centre de Création Musicale de Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX) and L'Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with the EAMA. His compositions and published writings have been presented at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2007, 2006, 2005), newStage:CCRMA Festival, SEAMUS 2007 (Ames), NIME 2006 (Paris), the CCRMA Concert Series, Sound in Media Workshop (Copenhagen), the SPARK Festival, 3rd Practice Festival, ISMIR 2003, the Dartmouth Electric Rainbow Coalition Festival and the Smithsonian Institute. Mr. Hamilton is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Computer-based Music Theory and Acoustics at Stanford University's CCRMA working with Chris Chafe. His research interests include novel platforms for electroacoustic composition and performance, the definition and implementation of flexible parameter-spaces for interactive musical systems, and systems for real-time musical data-exchange, translation and notation display.
Juan-Pablo Caceres is a composer, performer and engineer born in Santiago, Chile. He is currently a PhD student in computer music at CCRMA in Stanford University (USA). His work includes instrumental and electronic pieces, as well as performance of avantgarde rock music, with a albums edited in Europe and America. Juan-Pablo's interests include Internet music and performance (he is an active member of the SOUNDWire project), virtual acoustic spaces, popular experimental music, boundary pushing computer music (in both directions).
Adnan Marquez-Borbon is a Mexican saxophonist and composer active in Southern California and Baja California with numerous groups. His music focuses on improvisation and electro-acoustic sound manipulation. Influenced by jazz, classical music, free improvisation, electronica, and traditional musics, his improvisations and compositions synthesize these elements into a unique personal style. He has participated in numerous projects with members of the Trummerflora Collective, the Spectrum Saxophone Quartet, and is a founding member of the Mexican Improvisation Collective, Generación Espontánea.
Diana Jean Siwiak is a professional flute player and flute instructor from Coral Springs in South Florida. She has performed with the University of Miami Wind Ensemble as a piccolo player, and Symphony Orchestra as principal flute on various performances, including two seasons of opera: Mozart's "The Magic Flute" and Gilbert & Sullivan's "Mikado". She was a twelve year veteran student of the recently deceased Christine Nield-Capote, former principal flute player of the Florida Philharmonic, Boca Raton Symphony and Florida Grand Opera. Along with her 16 years of musical training, Diana studied music engineering technology and computer science at the University of Miami. She has several years' experience running live sound amplification, live sound recording and studio recording, in both stereo and surround sound. She is an active member of the Audio Engineering Society, National Flute Association, Florida Flute Association, and American Radio Relay League (KE4QXL). Diana is currently a Master of Arts in Music, Science and Technology student in the CCRMA program at Stanford University.
Nicholas J. Bryan received his B.M. and B.S. in 2007 from the University of Miami-FL with highest honors Summa Cum Laude (adviser Ken Pohlmann). His research interests include all aspects of audio digital signal processing, spatial audio, machine learning, human and computer interaction for music, and collaborative electronic music performance and improvisation. Nick has performed via computers, clarinet, bass clarinet, and contra-bass clarinet in numerous concerts with the University of Miami-FL Electronic Music Ensemble and Frost Wind Ensemble including the world premier of Christopher Rouse's "Wolf Rounds" (Carnegie Hall, NY March 2007) as well as the East Coast Premier of David Maslanka's "Mass" (Gusman Concert Hall, FL February 2006). Currently, he is a Master's of Arts in Music, Science, and Technology student in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCMRA) at Stanford University.