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Natasha Barrett on the New Stage

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 03:07
Date:  Sat, 02/17/2018 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Concert Natasha Barrett presents an evening of 3D surround works using the full capabilities of our newly remodeled audio diffusion system in the CCRMA Stage. 56 speakers and 8 subwoofers in full 3D glory!

http://www.natashabarrett.org
FREE Open to the Public

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Mari Kimura

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 22:04
Date:  Fri, 03/02/2018 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Concert Please join us post-Open House for a special evening of music by virtuoso violinist/composer/technologist Mari Kimura.
FREE Open to the Public

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CCRMA Open House Keynote with Yann Orlarey - Faust: the Roots of Evil

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 21:53
Date:  Fri, 03/02/2018 - 1:30pm - 2:20pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Guest Lecture GRAME's Yann Orlarey gives the CCRMA Open House 2018 Keynote Presentation -  Faust: the Roots of Evil

From Yann -
FREE Open to the Public

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Sonic Exploration with Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 03:53
Date:  Thu, 02/22/2018 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Location:  Memorial Church Event Type:  Concert Please join us at Stanford Memorial Church as CCRMA presents an evening of Sonic Exploration with Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess. Voted "Best Keyboardist of All Time" by Music Radar Magazine, Jordan is best known as the keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire for platinum-selling Grammy- nominated prog rock band, Dream Theater. A classical prodigy who began his studies at the Juilliard School of Music at the age of 10, Jordan's music is a unique blend of classical and rock influence. FREE Open to the Public

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Expressive MIDI Control in VR and Foot Control

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 09:02
Date:  Tue, 01/30/2018 - 5:00pm - 5:50pm Location:  CCRMA Classroom [Knoll 217] Event Type:  Guest Colloquium Speaker: Loki Davison from musicroomvr.com

Abstract: After commercially releasing a number of VR MIDI controllers and a physical multidimensional foot controller I'll share my development process, findings from observing hundreds of musicians use them and feedback from customers. I'll highlight common pitfalls and discuss how multidimensional control can help make new expressive instruments but also combine with traditional instruments to enable deep live effect control.


FREE Open to the Public

Yaqing Su on Neural Coding of Pitch Cues in the Auditory Midbrain

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 23:28
Date:  Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:30am - 12:00pm Location:  CCRMA Seminar Room Event Type:  Hearing Seminar Neural Coding of Pitch Cues in the Auditory MidbrainNeural Coding of Pitch Cues in the Auditory Midbrain music perception that pitch??!!?!? And just how do we perceive pitch? After many decades it’s still a source of many disagreements, and much research.

Pitch is critical to auditory perception. It’s an important cue for separating sounds in a cocktail party. It binds a speech signal together so you hear speech instead of a bunch of chirps. Yet, the exact mechanism that our brain uses to hear the pitch of a signal is not known. Yaqing Su will be talking about evidence she has found that suggests that pitch is perceived with a combination of measures, effectively sidestepping the argument about place vs. time. This will be fun.
FREE Open to the Public

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Decoding EEG Signals by Malcolm Slaney

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 18:36
Date:  Fri, 02/02/2018 - 10:30am - 12:00pm Location:  CCRMA Seminar Room Event Type:  Hearing Seminar There are many ways to interpret EEG signals, but the newest approach eschew averaging and perform single-shot decoding. This allows for real-time information about how a subject is perceiving a sound. How does one connect arbitrary audio to the resulting EEG signals?  Or how does one predict the audio that resulted in a particular EEG signal?  Can I tell you the sound you are attending to?  I'll be talking about recent work using linear and correlation methods to build better models that connect audition and EEG signals. This a form of system identification, and has been shown to work for decoding which of two audio signals one is attending to.  Cool stuff.

Who: Malcolm Slaney (Google and CCRMA)
What: EEG Decoding Algorithms and Results FREE Open to the Public

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CCRMA At Bing - Greatest Bongs

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 20:20
Date:  Fri, 01/26/2018 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Date:  Sat, 01/27/2018 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Location:  BING CONCERT HALL - MAIN HALL Event Type:  Concert CCRMA presents two concerts of the best of CCRMA's recent electroacoustic multichannel music, deploying our GRAIL (Giant Radial Array for Immersive Listening) speaker array on the main stage of Bing:

Friday January 26th:

Mark Applebaum
Jonathan Berger
Alex Chechile
Chris Chafe
Elliot Canfield-Dafilou
Fernando Lopez-Lezcano
Anders Tveit

Saturday January 27th:

Constantin Basica
Chris Chafe
Christopher Jette
Jarek Kapuscinski
Fernando Lopez-Lezcano
Anders Tveit
Nick Virzi

FREE Open to the Public

the first time you closed your eyes

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 07:35
Date:  Mon, 01/22/2018 - 7:30pm - 8:40pm Location:  CCRMA STAGE Event Type:  Concert  Jane Rigler, Christopher Jette and Matt Wright present an evening of improvised electro-acoustic music. "the first time you closed your eyes" provides a contemplative point of departure for the sonic explorations. The two ~22 minute sets take advantage of the 64 channel array of speakers on the CCRMA stage. The performance will combine flute, a monochord and a cybernetically controled feedback network.  FREE Open to the Public

Romain Michon's Dissertation Defense: The Hybrid Mobile Instrument — Recoupling the Haptic, the Physical, and the Virtual

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 00:30
Date:  Wed, 02/07/2018 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Other Romain Michon will present a defense of his doctoral dissertation on "The Hybrid Mobile Instrument — Recoupling the Haptic, the Physical, and the Virtual." 

For those who are not able to attend in person, a live stream link will be available soon. 

Abstract:

The decoupling of the "controller" from the "synthesizer" is one of the defining characteristic of digital musical instruments (DMIs). While this allows for much flexibility, this "demutualization" (as Perry Cook termed) sometimes results in a loss of intimacy between the performer and the instrument. FREE Open to the Public

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Audio Style Transformations using Deep Neural Networks by Prateek Verma

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 06:40
Date:  Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:30am - 12:00pm Location:  CCRMA Seminar Room Event Type:  Hearing Seminar

Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) have been wildly successful for many tasks, but none of the tasks are as wondrous as the success that DNNs have had on transferring the style of one painting to another painter’s art. This magical trick is accomplished by mixing and matching the low-level feature analysis layers between different styles of paining, so a painting in one style is rendered in another with different kinds of brush works.

But can we do this for audio? Prateek Verma has been experimenting with this, and will talk about his work and results. What does audio style mean, and how does one capture it?

Who: Prateek Verma (Stanford CCRMA)
What: Audio Style Transformations using Deep Neural Networks

FREE Open to the Public

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One Day Faust Workshop With Yann Orlarey: Faust and Furious!

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 10:47
Date:  Sat, 01/13/2018 - 9:30am - 5:30pm Location:  CCRMA Classroom Event Type:  Other Faust and Furious is a one day FREE workshop on the Faust programming language. It will take place at CCRMA on January 13th, 2018.
FREE Open to the Public

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Composition, Improvisation and Fuzzy Intonation - Zachary James Watkins

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 14:23
Date:  Wed, 01/31/2018 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Guest Colloquium I would like to engage in dialogue around my past works and current concerns. I will share a few compositions and discuss current practices and techniques. Over time my output for new through composed works has focused on site specificity, individuals, economy of resources. I often attempt single page scores and I always try to write for specific individuals and rooms if at all possible. Strategies designed to investigate high vibration resonance. My works also explore new tunings and I currently play a Just tuning on an equal tempered guitar fret board. Fuzzy intonation refers to the constant tension between sensitive intervals. As an improvisor I explore form and do not shy away from structured pre-compositional controls.
FREE Open to the Public

Zachary James Watkins

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 14:21
Date:  Wed, 01/31/2018 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Concert Oakland based Zachary James Watkins will perform an evening of solo music for guitar, electronics, and devices. Among many other things Zachary studied composition with Janice Giteck, Jarrad Powell, Robin Holcomb and Jovino Santos Neto at Cornish College. In 2006, Zachary received an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College where he studied with Chris Brown, Fred Frith, Alvin Curran and Pauline Oliveros. Zachary has received commissions from Documenta 14, the Kronos Quartet, The Living Earth Ensemble, sfsound and the Seattle Chamber Players among others. FREE Open to the Public

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Weston Olencki and Eric Wubbles - New Works For Piano, Trombone, and Electronics

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 18:48
Date:  Sat, 01/13/2018 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Concert Composer/performers Weston Olencki and Eric Wubbels will present new work written by and for the duo. The two works explore shared concerns of virtuosity, synchronization, and hybridization using languages developed through intensive long-term collaboration and friendship.

Program:

Weston Olencki - recasting [2016-18], premiere; prepared piano, transducers, synthesizers, electronics, objects
Eric Wubbels - contraposition [2016-17]; trombone + prepared piano

Bios:
FREE Open to the Public

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The JACK Quartet Plays Stanford Composers

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 01:31
Date:  Fri, 01/19/2018 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Concert The JACK quartet present a concert of works by Stanford Graduate Composers and Faculty on the CCRMA stage. The program includes pieces by Constantin Basica, Julie Herndon, Jessie Marino, Charlie Sdraulig, Davor Branimir Vincze, Nick Virzi, and Mark Applebaum.

Deemed "superheroes of the new music world" (Boston Globe), the JACK Quartet is "the go-to quartet for contemporary music, tying impeccable musicianship to intellectual ferocity and a take-no-prisoners sense of commitment." (Washington Post) "They are a musical vehicle of choice to the next great composers who walk among us." (Toronto Star)
FREE Open to the Public

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CCRMA Open House 2018

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:50
Date:  Fri, 03/02/2018 - 10:00am - 5:00pm Location:  CCRMA, the Knoll Event Type:  Other Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) would like to invite you to our annual Open House on Friday March 2 2018, 10am-5pm. Please join us for demonstrations, lectures, performances and posters that present some of our latest research projects. This year’s keynote address will be delivered by visiting Artist/Scholar Yann Orlarey, scientific director of our French sister institution GRAME and leading developer of the FAUST (Functional Audio Stream) programming language.
FREE Open to the Public

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Elisabetta Chicca on spike-based learning

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 07:54
Date:  Thu, 12/07/2017 - 5:00pm - 5:50pm Location:  CCRMA Seminar Room Event Type:  Hearing Seminar Spike...Spike.....Spike..Spike........Spike.  That's how the brain communicates. But how do you spikes help you learn? And more importantly, how do you modify a spiking network to learn new things (like speech and music)? The colloquial rule is "those who fire together, wire together" but in practice you need causality. A more realistic learning model is called spike-timing-dependent plasticity, where a particular neural connection is strengthened when an input spike immediately precedes the output spike. An input spike must happen before the output.  This is the backprop, for those of you from the machine-learning or DNN world, of the real neural world.
FREE Open to the Public

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Christina M. Vanden Bosch der Nederlanden on Weighing acoustic factors in music and language during development

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 23:17
Date:  Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:30am - 12:00pm Location:  CCRMA Seminar Room Event Type:  Hearing Seminar When you listen to the radio, it usually is not too hard to figure out whether you’re hearing Ed Sheeran sing or speak his new Top 40 hit. Speech and song are both important forms of human communication, and while adults easily tease these two categories apart, the boundaries between speech and song are blurred early in development due to the exaggerated nature of infant-directed speech. In this talk, I’ll cover whether children can differentiate between speech and song, how adults recruit domain-specific knowledge, and whether the acoustic characteristics of song can be used to improve neural processing of language.


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James A. (Andy) Moorer: The Future of Technology - Looking Forward by Looking Back

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 00:42
Date:  Mon, 11/27/2017 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm Location:  CCRMA Classroom [Knoll 217] Event Type:  Guest Colloquium In 2000, the author published an article entitled "Audio in the New Millennium", using the author's experience to project 20 years into the future. Today we are 17 years into that projection. Comparisons of the state of the art with the projections lead to some startling observations with profound implications for the future of the relation between humans and technology. For instance, it is not hard to see that audio is the most powerful and critical medium today - more ubiquitous than even television. It was thought originally that television would entirely replace radio, but now we rely on radio to talk to our friends and stream our music, relegating television to the home or perhaps the sports bar. FREE Open to the Public

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