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  • Emerging Talents: Michael Wilson, Keyboard Magazine

    Emerging Talents: Michael Wilson

    August 29th, 2012, Gina Collecchia, Keyboard Magazine

    What’s on in the mind of someone with years of experience on the keyboard and a computer science degree from CalTech under his belt? Musical software, of course! We had the opportunity to sit down with Michael Wilson, a graduate student at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) and learn about his creative process...

  • Mansion of Music, The Stanford Daily

    Mansion of Music

    May 1st, 2012, Raymond Luong, The Stanford Daily

    It has been described by Stanford students as everything from a Spanish mansion to a Gothic fortress and even a haunted castle, but these misconceptions strike far from the truth. Perched on top of a hill behind Florence Moore Hall, this mysterious Stanford landmark is none other than the Knoll, currently home to Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA, pronounced “karma”).

  • Chris Carlson and Borderlands, Amazing-Looking Granular Sampler

    Borderlands, Amazing-Looking Granular Sampler, and Beautiful Sound

    April 19th, 2012,  Peter Kirn, Create Digital Music

    How do you visualize the invisible? How do expose a process with multiple parameters in a way that’s straightforward and musically intuitive? Can messing about with granular sound feel like touching that sound – something untouchable? Creator Chris Carlson is publishing source code and a presentation for the NIME conference.
  • Mike Gao's Elaborate Musical Inventions: The Creators Project

    Mike Gao is by all means a part of the beat movement in LA. He produces beats, performs them live, and interacts within one of the most prolific electronic music communities in the world today. But Gao takes it a step further. He has an arguably deeper understanding of his equipment than any other producer on the scene.
  • Miriam Kolar and "Haunting Sounds at an Ancient Peruvian Site"

    Haunting Sounds at an Ancient Peruvian Site

    February 16th, 2012,  Dan Ferber, Science Now

    ... Chavín de Huantar is particularly well suited to the study of ancient uses of sound, says Miriam Kolar, an archeoacoustics researcher at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. That’s because the interior architecture contains elaborate, multilevel mazes with long corridors and staircases that affect acoustics today and are well enough preserved to detect what the original residents must have heard...
  • Chris Chafe and "The Sounds of Science" - Stanford Magazine

    The Sounds of Science

    January/February 2012,  Roberta Kwok, Stanford Magazine

    Composer Chris Chafe gives new meaning to synthesizing data.

    At first, the music playing on Chris Chafe's laptop sounds like wind blowing through an old window frame. Then it becomes more frantic, reaching higher and higher pitches, with syncopated pops punctuating the wailing. The anxious chattering sounds almost human, like a sped-up movie reel. Suddenly, it slips into a deadened hum...
  • Max Mathews - Friend, Colleague and Inspiration - Passed Away on April 21st.

     On April 21st, our friend and colleague Max Mathews passed away. He had been recently 
hospitalized in San Francisco for pneumonia.

Max's presence is so fresh for all at CCRMA and beyond. He was regularly
 spending much of each week engaged with music, new projects and students
here and elsewhere.

  • Article about "A Very Fractal Cat" published in eContact

    "A Very Fractal Cat

    Of Cats, performers, composers and programmers"

    by Fernando Lopez-Lezcano

    "This article describes the evolution of a series of pieces for a classically trained pianist, a weighted keys piano controller, several pedals and a computer running a custom SuperCollider program and open source software. It describes the evolution (and the motivation for the evolution) of different versions of the piece through time, rather than focusing on the technical underpinnings of the environment used."

  • Trimpin and Gurs Zyklus - San Francisco Classical Voice

    Trimpin and The Gurs Zyklus

    May 3, 2011, Georgia Rowe, San Francisco Classical Voice


    With some new works, inspiration comes in a flash. Others develop over a lifetime. As Trimpin prepares to unveil his latest music-theater work at Stanford Lively Arts this month, he says it has been a work in progress for the better part of 50 years.
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