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Wednesday 5:30pm PT (CCRMA Classroom & Zoom)

The CCRMA Colloquium is a weekly gathering of CCRMA students, faculty, staff, and guests. It is an opportunity for members of the CCRMA community and invited speakers to share the work that they are doing in the fields of Computer Music, Audio Signal Processing and Music Information Retrieval, Psychoacoustics, and related fields. The colloquium traditionally happens every Wednesday during the academic year from 5:30 – 7:00pm and meets in the CCRMA Classroom, Knoll 217, often also with a Zoom presence.

Nette and Matt and this wiki page are organizing 2023-24 colloquia.



Current - Spring Quarter (2024)

(Organizer/host please put your name in parentheses after each speaker or week)

  • 4/3 (Week 1) Sasha Leitman: Creative Work and Research
  • 4/10 (Week 2) Zoran Cvetkovic (Chris Chafe)
  • 4/17 (Week 3) CCRMA Town Hall
  • 4/24 (Week 4) Special Social Event (wear clothes you don't mind getting stained) - Nette will send specifics later :)
  • 5/1 (Week 5) Professor Emily Howard (PRISM) (Patricia)
  • 5/8 (Week 6) rapid fire 5 minute presentations (Chris Chafe)
  • 5/15 (Week 7)
  • 5/22 (Week 8) Lara Weaver - SARC (TBC) (Patricia)
  • 5/29 (Week 9)
  • 6/5 (Week 10)


Past - Winter Quarter (2024)

  • 1/10/24 (Week 1) - CCRMA Trivia Night (hosts: Nette & Marise)
  • 1/17/24 (Week 2) - Ali "AMAC" McGuire

- Making music is the easiest part of the journey. Navigating a business that pushes to exploit your love and offers you the world at your fingertips is the challenge. Where do you start? How do you set boundaries? How do you make money? How do you avoid the toxic traits that are so often totted as success? Come prepared with any questions that you may went to dive into- from your worries and fears to anything else. In this talk AMAC is going to share her experiences succeeding and failing in the music industry to give you an inside look at what you can expect after you graduate and take your shot.

  • 1/24/24 (Week 3) - [missed week]
  • 1/31/24 (Week 4) - Pedro Gonzalez
  • 2/7/24 (Week 5) - Sasha Leitman Colloquium on Materials and Resources for Maker Projects and PCB Work for Maker and Creative Projects (host: Nette)
  • 2/14/24 (Week 6) - Miya Masaoka
  • 2/21/24 (Week 7) - Ed Newton-Rex
  • 2/28/24 (Week 8) - [CANCELLED] Nando (Lopez-Lezcano) - Modular synthesis workflows, or "why did you turn that knob clockwise now?"
  • 3/6/24 (Week 9) - David Monacchi -- Stage -- (host: Chris Chafe)
  • 3/13/24 (Week 10) - Richard Hoover of Santa Cruz Guitars (host: Mark Rau)


Past - Autumn Quarter (2023)

  • 09/27/23 (Week 1) New Student Introductions
    • Speaker 1: Richard Lee
    • Speaker 2: Anna Gruzas
    • Speaker 3: Rochelle Tham
    • Speaker 4: Becca Wroblewski
    • Speaker 5: Logan Kibler
    • Speaker 6: Spark Wu
    • Speaker 7: Tristan Peng
    • Speaker 8: Ryan Wixen
    • Speaker 9: Asger Langhoff
    • Speaker 10: Signe Henriksen
    • Speaker 11: Ningxin Zhang
    • Speaker 12: Chengyi Xing
    • Speaker 13: Brian Brown
    • Speaker 14: Richard Berrebi
    • Speaker 15: Max Jardetzky
  • 10/04/23 (Week 2) - Faculty and Staff Rapid Fire (part 1)
    • Speaker 1: Takako
    • Speaker 2: Ge
    • Speaker 3: Matt Wright
    • Speaker 4: Marina
    • Speaker 5: Julius
    • Speaker 6: Eleanor
    • Speaker 7: Craig
    • Speaker 8: Nando
  • 10/11/23 (Week 3) - Faculty and Staff Rapid Fire (part 2) and CCRMA History
    • Speaker 1: Chris Chafe
    • Speaker 2: Jarek Kapuscinski
    • Speaker 3: Scott Oshiro
    • Speaker 4: Constantin Basica
    • Speaker 5: Patricia
    • Speaker 6: Hongchan Choi
    • Presentation: history of CCRMA and The Knoll (Matt Wright / John Chowning / Nette Worthey)
  • 10/18/23 (Week 4) - Two completely different talks (sequence TBD):
    • Fernando Lopez-Lezcano -- Free What?? -- a look at the worldwide movement that created free/libre operating systems and software
    • Satoshi Yamaguchi (Keio Research Institute at SFC, RADWIMPS) -- Drummer's Dystonia: Incidence and Affected Limb in 1003 Japanese Drummers.
  • 10/25/23 (Week 5) - Matthew Goodheart talk on transducer-activated instruments (host: Matt Wright)
  • 11/01/23 (Week 6) - Fernando Lopez-Lezcano -- Modular Synthesis Workflows, or The Modules I Loved
  • 11/08/23 (Week 7) - CCRMA Town Hall
  • 11/15/23 (Week 8) - Brian Baumbusch: "Polytempo Music" - A new interactive VR music application (host: Constantin)
  • 11/22/23 (Week T) - NO SEMINAR (Thanksgiving break)
  • 11/29/23 (Week 9) - Planning session for Winter and Spring colloquium - bring your ideas!
  • 12/5/23 (Week 10) - Georg Essl: Looking at Sound Synthesis through the Lens of Topology
    • Topology is the science of connectivity. Topological topics have increasingly become part of digital signal processing and sound synthesis in recent years. In this talk I will discuss topology in the context of familiar sound synthesis methods and digital signal foundations. Ultimately the goal is to show that thinking topologically about making algorithmic noises, is interesting, fruitful, and different -- making it worth a closer look.

Past - Spring Quarter (2023)

  • 4/19 (Week 3) - Skills Share (Matt organizing)
  • 4/26 (Week 4) - Suzanne Dikker & Aurie Hsu (Julia Mills & Alex Han)
  • 5/3 (Week 5) - Conference-style talks. This includes longer form presentations or lectures. Reach out to Mike (mulshine@stanford.edu) to sign up.
  • 5/10 (Week 6) - CCRMA Town Hall (Kunwoo, Nette, & Matt)
  • 5/17 (Week 7) - Gareth Loy -- Introduction to the Player programming language
  • 5/24 (Week 8) - CANCELED: Fernando Lopez-Lezcano -- Modular Synthesis Workflows, or The Modules I Loved
  • 5/31 (Week 9) - Zehao Wang (new researcher visitor from UCSD / Miller Puckette) -- Real-time sound synthesis for 2-D plates using FDTD methods (Julius)
  • 6/7 (Week 10) - MST Capstone Project showcase! (Nette)


Past - Winter Quarter (2023)

  • 1/11 (Week 1) - Kanru Hua, CEO of Synthesizer V, Japan (https://dreamtonics.com/en/synthesizerv/)(Contact: MAMST Student Benny (Shicheng) Zhang
  • 1/18 (Week 2) - Game and International Snacks Night (Nette & Kunwoo)
  • 1/25 (Week 3) - Community-wide rapid-fire talks! Share your recent thoughts, explorations, work, hobbies. Get to know what your peers are up to. Everyone is invited to share.
    • Speaker 1: Mike Mulshine
    • Speaker 2: Ge Wang
    • Speaker 3: Jarek Kapuscinski and Eito Murakami
    • Speaker 4: Fernando Lopez-Lezcano
    • Speaker 5: Chris Chafe
    • Speaker 6: Julius Smith 1 minute announcement of Music 423 Thursdays 4:30 pm in Seminar Room - 20 min update tomorrow (there)
    • Speaker 7: Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi
    • Speaker 8: Travis Skare
    • Speaker 9: Matt Wright
    • Speaker 10: Julie Zhu
    • Speaker 11: Nima Farzaneh
    • Speaker 12:
  • 2/1 (Week 4) - Skills Share (Matt / democratic)
  • 2/8 (Week 5) - Laura Steenberge meet in Listening Room (Chris Chafe)
  • 2/15 (Week 6) - Scott Oshiro [quantum music] / Mischa Dohler [Ericsson, low-latency XR] (Chris Chafe)
  • 2/22 (Week 7) - Webchuck (Chris Chafe + lots of webchuck contributors)
  • 3/1 (Week 8) - Luna Valentin cave acoustics / Music Business talk from Anne Van Der Erve from Warner Music Benelux
  • 3/8 (Week 9) - Per Bloland: MaxOrch and Orchidea
  • 3/15 (Week 10) - Jay Afrisando (Constantin)


Past - Autumn Quarter (2022)

  • 09/28 (Week 1) New Student Introductions
    • Speaker 1: Sneha Shah
    • Speaker 2: Josh Mitchell
    • Speaker 3: Emily Kuo
    • Speaker 4: Balazs & Truls
    • Speaker 5: Julia Yu
    • Speaker 6: Senyuan Fan
    • Speaker 7: Celeste Betancur
    • Speaker 8: Victoria Litton
    • Speaker 9: Yiheng Dong
    • Speaker 10 Eito Murakami
    • Speaker 11 Soohyun Kim
    • Speaker 12 Luna Valentin
    • Speaker 13 Terry Feng
    • Speaker 14 Alex Han
    • Speaker 15 Benny Zhang
    • Speaker 16 Sami Wurm
    • Speaker 17 Neha Rajagopalan
  • 10/05 (Week 2) Faculty and Staff Rapid Fire
    • Speaker 1 Chris Chafe
    • Speaker 2 Ge Wang
    • Speaker 3 Patricia Alessandrini
    • Speaker 4 Marina Bosi
    • Speaker 5 Julius Smith
    • Speaker 6 Jarek Kapuściński
    • Speaker 7
    • Speaker 8
    • Speaker 9
    • Speaker 10 Mark Rau
    • Speaker 11
    • Speaker 12
    • Speaker 13
    • Speaker 14
    • Speaker 15
  • 10/12 (Week 3) WINGS and Peer Mentoring in Music (Mara Mills visit postponed to Spring)
  • 10/19 (Week 4) Faculty and Staff Rapid Fire, part 2
    • Speaker 1 Takako Fujioka
    • Speaker 2 Eleanor Selfridge-Field
    • Speaker 3 Craig Stuart Sapp
    • Speaker 4 Craig Stuart Sapp
    • Speaker 5 Poppy Crum
    • Speaker 6 Jonathan Berger
    • Speaker 7 Matt Wright
    • Speaker 8 Fernando Lopez-Lezcano
    • Speaker 9 Constantin Basica
    • Speaker 10 Stephanie Sherriff
    • Speaker 11
    • Speaker 12
    • Speaker 13
    • Speaker 14
    • Speaker 15
  • 11/2 (Week 6) - TBD
  • 11/9 (Week 7) - Pizza & Pegagody: Assignments and Evaluations
  • 11/16 (Week 8) - Student-only Town Hall
  • 11/23 (Week 9) - NO SEMINAR (Thanksgiving break)
  • 11/30 (Week 10) - planning session for Winter and Spring colloquium



Past - Spring Quarter (2022)

  • 03/30 - Spring Welcome Dinner at Treehouse
  • 04/06 - In-House Project and Research Updates (Everyone is encouraged to present)
  • 04/13 - BREAK
  • 04/19* Tuesday - Installation by J. Mills
  • 04/27 - Mara Mills (Virtual Talk)
  • 05/04 - Inclusive Teaching Workshop (Lloyd May & CTL)
  • 05/11 - BREAK
  • 05/18 - BREAK
  • 05/25 - BREAK
  • 06/01 - BREAK


  • Future Colloquiums already booked:
  • 10/12 Mara Mills - History of PCM

Past - Winter Quarter (2022)

  • 01/05 - BREAK
  • 01/26 - Walker Davis & Alex Mitchell from boomy
  • 02/02 - Social Event and Student-Only Meeting
  • 02/16 - Unofficial Social and Welcome to WasteLAnd!
  • 02/23 - Break
  • 03/02 - Rapid Fire and Conference Style Talks (Sign-ups are open!)
    • (Conference Style = 15 minutes, Rapid Fire = 5 minutes)
    • Speaker 1: Tamilore Awosile (10 mins)
    • Speaker 2: Frank Mondelli (Conference Style)
    • Speaker 3: Lloyd May (Rapid Fire)
    • Speaker 4: Julia Mills (Conference Style)
    • Speaker 5: Nima Farzaneh (Conference Style)
  • 03/09 - CCRMA Town Hall
  • 03/16 - Break

Past - Autumn Quarter (2021)

  • 9/22 New Student Introductions
    • Speaker 1: Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi
    • Speaker 2: Taylor Goss
    • Speaker 3: Julia Mills
    • Speaker 4: Kiran Gandhi
    • Speaker 5: Dirk Roosenburg
    • Speaker 6: Aaron Hodges
    • Speaker 7: Nick Shaheed
    • Speaker 8: Nima Farzaneh
    • Speaker 9: Noah Berrie
    • Speaker 10: Angela Lee
  • 10/13 Faculty/Staff Introductions Part 2
    • Speaker 1: Constantin
    • Speaker 2: Nando
    • Speaker 3: Jonathan (B)
    • Speaker 4: Jarek
    • Speaker 5: Nick
    • Speaker 6: Chris C
    • Speaker 7: Patricia
    • Speaker 8: Marina
  • 10/20 - CCRMA Town Hall
  • 10/27 BREAK
  • 11/03 Social Event (TBD)
  • 11/10 Rapid Fire & Conference Style (Sign-ups are open!)
    • (Conference Style = 15 minutes, Rapid Fire = 5 minutes)
    • Speaker 1: Lloyd May (Rapid Fire)
    • Speaker 2: Chris Chafe (Rapid Fire via zoom, assuming my internet works after the storm)
    • Speaker 3: Mark Rau (Rapid Fire)
    • Speaker 4: Champ Darabundit (Conference)
    • Speaker 5: Eleanor Selfridge-Field (Rapid Fire)
    • Speaker 6: Crag Stuart Sapp (Rapid Fire)
  • 11/17 BREAK
  • 12/1 Special Guest Talks: Nils Tonnätt & Victoria Shen

Past - Spring Quarter (2021)

  • 3/31: Town Hall
  • 4/07: CCRMA Open House Prep
  • 4/14:
  • 4/21: 12pm - CCRMA Colloquium Phase Shift -1.88 degrees (social hang)
  • 4/28: Avneesh Sarwate: Digital Audiovisual Interactive Media
  • 5/05: Break! Rapid-Fire Talks Postponed to 5/19
  • 5/12: Jeff Snyder: "Unusual Embedded Instruments"
  • 5/19: Rapid Fire & Conference Style Talks - sign up here via your CCRMA login
    • Rapid Fire Signups (5 min)
      • Speaker 1: CC waveguide mesh, part 2, realtime wavefield output
      • Speaker 2:
      • Speaker 3:
      • Speaker 4:
      • Speaker 5: Ge "ChucK: new features, new bugs, new worlds (ChucKTrip?)"
      • Speaker 6:
      • Speaker 7:
      • Speaker 8:
    • Conference Style Signups (15 min)
      • Speaker 1: Marise van Zyl (rapid fire)
      • Speaker 2: Prateek Verma
      • Speaker 3: Fernando Lopez-Lezcano
  • 5/26: Allison Parrish: Poet and Programmer
  • 6/02: Sasha Leitman: Physical Interaction Design for Music

Past - Winter Quarter (2021)

  • 1/13: Break
  • 1/20: Informal Hangout / Dance Party
  • 1/27:
  • 2/03:
  • 2/10: CCRMA Town !!
  • 2/17: Rapid-Fire Talks (5 min) - sign up here via your CCRMA login
    • Speaker 1: Kunwoo Kim
    • Speaker 2: John Chowning
    • Speaker 3: Noah Fram
    • Speaker 4: Camille Noufi
    • Speaker 5: Barbara Nerness
    • Speaker 6: (maybe) Julie Zhu
    • Speaker 7: Chris Chafe
    • Speaker 8: Lloyd May
    • Speaker 9: Mike Mulshine
    • Speaker 10: Ge Wang
    • Speaker 11: Jatin (hopefully)
    • Speaker 12: Alex Chechile
    • Speaker 13: Fernando Lopez-Lezcano
    • Speaker 14:
    • Speaker 15:
  • 2/24:
  • 3/03: Conference Style Talks (15-20 min) - sign up here via your CCRMA login
    • Speaker 1: Ty Sadlier
    • Speaker 2: Travis Skare
    • Speaker 3: Constantin Basica & Prateek Verma
    • Speaker 4:
  • 3/10: Sasha Leitman
  • 3/17: Break

Past - Autumn Quarter (2020)

In person colloquiua will not be held for the 2020 Autumn Quarter. All events will be held remotely.

  • 9/16 New Student Introductions
    • Speaker 1: Lloyd May
    • Speaker 2: Andrew Zhu
    • Speaker 3: Kathleen Yuan
    • Speaker 4: Marise van Zyl
    • Speaker 5: Hannah Choi
    • Speaker 6: Joss Saltzman
    • Speaker 7: Champ Darabundit
    • Speaker 8: Clara Allison
    • Speaker 9: David Braun
    • Speaker 10: Austin Zambito-Valente
  • 9/23 Faculty/Staff Introductions
    • Speaker 1: Jonathan Berger
    • Speaker 2: Ge Wang
    • Speaker 3: Takako Fujioka
    • Speaker 4: Seán O Dalaigh (new DMA)
    • Speaker 5: Eleanor Selfridge-Field
    • Speaker 6: Craig Stuart Sapp
    • Speaker 7: Blair Kaneshiro
  • 9/30 Faculty/Staff Introductions
    • Speaker 1: Patricia Alessandrini (via video)
    • Speaker 2: Julius Smith
    • Speaker 3: Marina Bosi
    • Speaker 4: Nando (aka Fernando Lopez-Lezcano)
    • Speaker 5: Stephanie Sherriff
    • Speaker 6: Constantin Basica
    • Speaker 7: Matt Wright
    • Speaker 8: Chris Chafe
  • 10/7 - Break
  • 10/14 - Town Hall
  • 10/21 - Adjunct Faculty Talks
    • Speaker 1: Malcolm Slaney
    • Speaker 2: Poppy Crum
    • Speaker 3: Paul Demarinis
    • Speaker 4: Jonathan Abel
    • Speaker 5: Doug James
  • 11/4 - Break
  • 11/18 - Mona Shahnavaz

ABSTRACT & BIO: Mona is an enthusiastic musician, whose focus and passion has been to share the joy of music with others. In 2018, a successful outcome of her innovative music program designed for senior citizens was the turning point for her to decide to change the course of learning piano in a less complex route. Her engineering background helped her to start working on the idea that bridges the gap between music and technology.

The approach to fingering in music has always been and still is one of the major elements of success for keyboard players. Correct fingering assists the performer in delivering a better technical and musical performance. This research presents the best technique to generate fingering for any sequence of music notes. Dynamic programming and mathematics are major parts of this paper, they work alongside rules set by pianists to calculate the most practical fingerings for any musical passage.

The ultimate goal is to facilitate the process of playing the piano using an AR platform. This is helpful for scaling music instructors and allows for efficient teaching. Through solving this problem, virtual instructions would be more productive and impactful. Success of this research applied in the AR field can be applied to robotic tasks in educational programs, video games, and medical fields.

  • 11/25 - THANKSGIVING WEEK - Break