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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)
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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.
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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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Modeling fine time structure in the brain

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 17:54
Date:  Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:30am - 12:00pm Location:  CCRMA Seminar Room Event Type:  Hearing Seminar Assessing the role of monaural and binaural temporal fine structure for robust speech perception: Insights from psychophysics and physiology-based modeling

Jayaganesh Swaminathan
Starkey Hearing Research Center, Berkeley, CA, USA

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Weighing acoustic factors in music and language during development

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 00:20
Date:  Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:30am - 12:00pm Location:  CCRMA Seminar Room Event Type:  Hearing Seminar Christina M. Vanden Bosch der Nederlanden will be talking about the differences between speech and music when we develop our auditory brains. They seem pretty different to us now, but how do our young brains parse the cachophony of sounds and decide that some sounds are meant to be recognized as words, and other sounds are just to make us feel good.  Or are they both?

Who: Christina M. Vanden Bosch der Nederlanden
What: Weighing acoustic factors in music and language during development
When: 10:30AM on Friday December 1, 2017
Where: CCRMA Seminar Room, top floor of the Knoll at Stanford
Why: How do we learn the meaning (or not) of sounds??
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Karya, a new sequencer, notation, and language

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 01:02
Date:  Fri, 11/17/2017 - 5:00pm - 6:20pm Location:  CCRMA Classroom [Knoll 217] Event Type:  Guest Colloquium

Abstract: Karya is a music sequencer. Its main goal is to let you write a high level score which is then realized to expressive and idiomatic instrumental parts, primarily for computer realization. It uses its own score format. One way to look at it is a 2D language for expressing music along with an editor for that language. The score language has a built-in library of notation and has basic means for defining new notation, but more complicated notation is defined in Haskell. The idea is to have a standard library, but also be able to define notation specific to your score. The editor is graphical but also uses a Haskell REPL for configuration, automation, and extension.

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Demixing and Remixing Music with Deep Learning

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 00:31
Date:  Fri, 11/10/2017 - 5:00pm - 6:20pm Event Type:  Guest Lecture Abstract: In 2015 Alejandro Koretzky created tuneSplit with the goal of democratizing music creation and remixing while introducing the concept of “Semantic Equalization” in music. By implementing an end-to-end pipeline that performs audio source separation in real time, commercial stereo music can be deconstructed into different instruments and vocals, allowing users to personalize the listening experience and unlocking the possibilities for remixing using parts of existing stereo mixes. Initial versions of the underlying algorithms were based on a proprietary adaptive version of Non-negative Matrix Factorization. FREE Open to the Public

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Jan Skoglund on Objective Quality Assessment for Immersive Audio

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:22
Date:  Fri, 11/10/2017 - 10:30am - 12:00pm Location:  CCRMA Seminar Room Event Type:  Hearing Seminar With the surging interest in augmented and virtual reality, there is more and more interest in high-quality 3D sound rendering.  We heard many talks about this last year, with very smart people rendering sounds in complicated physical environments.  My favorite was one group who said they could model the sounds from a hallway the user couldn't see.  But does this matter?  I'm not sure I could tell the difference. But I'm mindful of the fact that at one point people thought LP records were the ultimate in audio fidelity.
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Aren Jansen on AudioSet: Real world audio event classification

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:19
Date:  Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:30am - 12:00pm Location:  CCRMA Seminar Room Event Type:  Hearing Seminar AudioSet is an attempt to do for audio processing what big image databases like ImageNet have done for computer vision. Arguably big image datasets like ImageNet, by Prof. Li Fei-Fei at Stanford, and the competitions they have spawned, have advanced image recognition more than any other research result.

Aren Jansen, from Google, will be talking about AudioSet. He will talk about their data collection effort, how the data is organized and the first results on sound object recognition from this large dataset.  By large, they mean 2.1M human-annotated videos, 5.8M hours of audio, and 527 classes of sounds.
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Malcolm Slaney on Cool Audio Projects from the Telluride Neuromorphic Workshop

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:10
Date:  Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:30am - 12:00pm Location:  CCRMA Seminar Room Event Type:  Hearing Seminar For many years a collection of world-reknown faculty and amazing students have gathered in the mountains of Telluride to propose and pilot interesting auditory experiments. This past summer was no exception, and Prof. Fujioka and I would like to review the 11 auditory projects that were successful this year. This ranges from music perception, to decoding EEG responses, to matching deep neural networks and brains. We were studying musical scales, tension, and rhythm.  What could be more fun?!!?!?

The projects include:
    Tension decoding ♪
    Musical scales ♪
    Salience detection
    Hierarchical features for decoding FREE Open to the Public

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Invisible Choirs, a solo exhibition by Nolan Lem

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 20:57
Date:  Fri, 11/03/2017 - 6:00pm - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 6:00pm Location:  Pro Arts Gallery 150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612 Event Type:  Other CCRMA PhD student Nolan Lem will premiere his first solo exhibition comprised of new mixed media and sound-based works at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, CA. Invisible Choirs examines the automation of of artificial intelligence by exploring the pathological ramifications of an increasingly technocentric society. Focusing on the emergence of artificially intelligent machines, Lem questions the relationship between technological modes of production and physical labor, visibility and identity, and autonomy and monotony. Comprised as a set of mixed-media, kinetic, and sound-based works, the installation's environment is constructed as an interactive neural network--one that renders visible the physical and algorithmic automata that seek to govern our daily lives. 
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Generative Models for Music and Art

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 21:32
Date:  Thu, 10/26/2017 - 6:00pm - 7:20pm Location:  CCRMA Classroom [Knoll 217] Event Type:  Guest Lecture

Abstract: Doug Eck will discuss Magenta, a Google Brain project investigating music and art generation using deep learning and reinforcement learning. The goals of Magenta and how it fits into the general trend of AI moving into our daily lives will be described. One crucial question is: Where does AI and Machine Learning fit in the creative process? The speaker argues that generative models are the core tools to import from machine learning, and introduces concepts from generative models such as autoencoders, recurrent neural networks, variational methods, generative adversarial networks (GANs) and different sampling methods.

FREE For CCRMA Users Only

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Séverine Ballon: Works for Cello and Multichannel Electronics

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 20:18
Date:  Tue, 11/28/2017 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Concert Séverine Ballon presents an evening of works for solo cello and cello with multichannel electronics. Her work focuses on regular performance of key works of the cello repertoire, as well as numerous collaborations with composers; in addition, her researches as an improviser have helped her to extend the sonic and technical resources of her instrument. She studied the cello at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin and in Lübeck with Joseph Schwab and Troels Svane. During 2004-05, she was an academist at the Ensemble Modern (Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie). She perfected her contemporary cello technique with cellists Siegfried Palm, Pierre Strauch, and Rohan de Saram. FREE Open to the Public

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Mon, 10/09/2017 - 18:27
Date:  Thu, 11/09/2017 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Concert Chartreuse is violinist Myra Hinrichs (Chicago), violist Carrie Frey (New York City), and cellist Helen Newby (San Francisco). The tricoastal trio aims to take advantage of the distance by pooling the strengths of their chosen cities, commissioning new works from composers across the U.S. and in Norway and collaborating with fellow performers in each of their musical residences on "Chartreuse +/-" projects. The trio has toured extensively in the U.S. Northeast, the Midwest, and California, as well as in Norway.
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Gareth Loy on What does music do that engages and holds our interest?

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 21:41
Date:  Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:30am - 12:00pm Location:  CCRMA Seminar Room Event Type:  Hearing Seminar With all the new interest in computer generated music (e.g. Project Magenta) it is good to revisit the issue of what makes music intereting. Generating truly random "music" is easy, but what does it take to make it interesting?  Gareth Loy is a CCRMA alumni, coming back to talk about this topic.  With the great combination of perception and computer folks near CCRMA, I expect this will be a vigorous discussion.

Who:  Gareth Loy
When: Friday October 20 at 10:30AM
What: What does music do that engages and holds our interest?
Where: CCRMA Seminar Room (come early to get a place at the table)
Why: Because music perception and computers are fun!
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Jenny Q Chai - Sonorous Brushes

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 23:03
Date:  Thu, 11/02/2017 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Concert Please join us for an evening of multimedia works for piano, electronics, and video with Jenny Q Chai entitled "Sonorous Brushes" . An artist of singular vision, pianist Jenny Q Chai is widely renowned for her ability to illuminate musical connections throughout the centuries. With radical joie de vivre and razor-sharp intention, Chai creates layered multimedia programs and events which explore and unite elements of science, nature, fashion, and art. “Jenny Q Chai, who has studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, is following the more eclectic path…” New York Times.

Program: Sonorous Brushes

Claude Debussy: Etudes - Pour les quartes, Pour les huit doigts
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Transitions 2017 - Read More for RSVP Details

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 20:34
Date:  Wed, 10/04/2017 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm Date:  Wed, 10/04/2017 - 9:00pm - 10:15pm Date:  Thu, 10/05/2017 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm Date:  Thu, 10/05/2017 - 9:00pm - 10:15pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Concert Please join us for our annual Transitions concerts on Wednesday and Thursday October 4th and 5th. These concerts will reveal our new immersive in-house (56.8) multichannel speaker system. The event is FREE but we require RSVP***  as the new system requires us to limit seating. BUT due to the limited seating we will have two shows each night at 7.30PM and 9PM

Wednesday Program  (Two shows 7.30PM  and 9PM,  7.30 show is full!)

Hans Tutschku
Anders Tveits
Christopher Jette
Fernando Lopez-Lezcano

Thursday Program (Two shows 7.30PM and 9PM) -

Natasha Barrett
Roberto Morales
Fernando Lopez-Lezcano
Elliot Kermit Canfield-Dafilou
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Tue, 09/05/2017 - 19:36
Date:  Wed, 09/27/2017 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Concert COLLISION STORIES is a four-piece abstract sound brigade based in San Francisco, CA.

Members: Jorge Bachmann, Bryan Day, Michael Gendreau, and Mason Jones.

Instruments may include: analog and digital synthesizers, guitar, bass, turntables, percussion, theremin, and handmade sound machines.

The four members of San Francisco's Collision Stories came together after having encountered each other over a number of years, crossing paths here and there as they wove their strands through the experimental, psychedelic, improvisational, electronics, and avant-garde scenes. Once they finally gathered and spent an evening engrossed in collective sound-making it was evident that their diverse backgrounds coalesced into something unique and intriguing. FREE Open to the Public

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