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  • Chris Chafe and Greg Niemeyer featured on

    Smog Musicians Turn Pollution Data Into Jagged Melodies

    By Hugh Hart Published: October 7, 2010

    There’s nothing like a whomping dose of volatile organic compounds to fire up a whacked-out free-jazz composition. That’s the only conclusion to be reached after listening to soundscapes designed by two California professors who draw musical inspiration from an unlikely muse: smog. read more


  • *LOrk digressions

    New series of blog posts on the intricate world of laptop orchestras: reflections, musings, daydreams, speculations, reports from the trenches. Multi-speaker salad bowls, dance music, futurism, Schaeffer, and more.

    Read the first *LOrk digression here.

    An updated list of posts can be found here. Enjoy!

  • Tomato Quintet at the SJ01 Festival

    This Sunday, from 1 PM to 2:30 PM, Chris Chafe, Curtis Tamm, Sasha Leitman, John Granzow and Greg Niemeyer are performing a live version of Tomato Quintet as a part of the spectacular SJ01 Festival. 
  • CCRMA's alum, Taube noted in Linux Journal article

    Algorithmic Music Composition With Linux, Part 1

    Jun 01, 2010 By Dave Phillips

    ....Incidentally, Dr. Taube began the Common Music project in 1989 at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, better known as CCRMA (pronounced just like karma). In 1996 Common Music won 1st prize at the Concours International de Logiciels Musicaux in Brussels, and the system continues its evolution today at the University of Illinois at Champagne/Urbana.

  • Linux Distribution PlanetCCRMA is "Armed to the Teeth"

    "Philosophy and Fancy"

    By DAN SAWYER in Linux Journal June 2010

    Systems designed for power users tend to be both slick and decadent, armed to the teeth with the kind of tools that would make most end users crawl into a straitjacket and whine for their mommies. The studio distributions, such as PlanetCCRMA and 64 Studio, tend to be this variety....

  • Ge Wang featured in New York Times story on Apple tablet

    "A Playland for Apps in a Tablet World"

    By JENNA WORTHAM Published: January 24, 2010

    Apple’s move to open up the iPhone to outside programmers in 2008 started a software-writing frenzy. Giant companies and bedroom tinkerers alike rushed to get their applications into the App Store and onto the phone’s 3.5-inch touch screen. Read more.

  • Jonathan Berger Referenced in New York Times

    "Good Enough is the New Great"

    by Robert Mackey

    ....In February, a music professor at Stanford, Jonathan Berger, revealed that he has found evidence that younger listeners have come to prefer lo-fi versions of rock songs to hi-fi ones.... Read More.

  • CCRMA's Origins featured in New York Times

    "Optimism as Artificial Intelligence Pioneers Reunite"

    By John Markoff Published: December 7, 2009

    STANFORD, Calif. — The personal computer and the technologies that led to the Internet were largely invented in the 1960s and ’70s at three computer research laboratories next to the Stanford University campus.  Read more here

  • New York Times features Stanford Mobile Phone Orchestra

    "Pocket to Stage, Music in the Key of iPhone"

    by Claire Miller and Miguel Helft

    PALO ALTO, Calif. — An expectant hush fell over the audience as the director of the chamber ensemble, Ge Wang, came out and asked them to turn off their cellphones. The seven other musicians, dressed in black, filed in and took their positions in a circle... read full story here.

  • Stanford News profiles Ge Wang's Mobile Music research

    "Stanford Researcher Use Cell Phones to Make Music"

    by Cynthia Haven, March 2009

    By transforming multi-touch screens, built-in accelerometers, built-in microphones, GPS, data networks and computation into powerful and yet mobile chamber meta-instruments—"all these technologies packed into this single device"—the cell phone is "perhaps one of the most intimate and personal devices man has ever known, but also one of the most ubiquitous" ...

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