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  • 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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  • Max Mathews Featured in Stanford Report

    Max Mathews, 'father of computer music,' dies at 84


    May 2, 2011, Cynthia Haven, Stanford Report

     In 1957, Max Mathews invented a program that allowed a mainframe computer to play a 17-second musical composition. The technical breakthrough is still reverberating.   Read More



  • Max Mathews Featured in New York Times

    Max Mathews, Pioneer in Making Computer Music, Dies at 84

    April 23, 2011, William Grimes, New York Times

    Max Mathews, often called the father of computer music, died on Thursday in San Francisco. He was 84.

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  • Max Mathews Has Passed Away

    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. Plans are being set for a remembrance at CCRMA on May 29th.

    Our sympathies and fond regards go out to Max's family.
  • Chavin research featured in the Stanford Report

    Ancient shells meet high-tech: Stanford researchers study the sound of pre-Incan conches

    February 7, 2011, Cynthia Haven, Stanford Report

    Archaeologists and acousticians strike an unusual partnership to understand the mesmerizing role of conches in the temple culture around Peru's Chavín...


  • CCRMA Researchers featured in Science News

     Ancient trumpets played eerie notes

    November 18, 2010 By Marissa Cevallos

    Scientists analyze tunes from 3,000-year-old conch-shell instruments for insight into pre-Inca civilization
  • 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!

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