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Sound Arts MFA Program applications open!

    Applications are now being accepted for the MFA Sound Arts program, an interdepartmental program offered by Columbia University School of the Arts’ Visual Arts Program in association with the Department of Music and the Computer Music Center:

    Application deadline is January 15th, 2015.



    ACOUSTIC+ #2

    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8PM
    MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick
    678 Hart St 1B, Brooklyn, New York 11221

    This is a new venture for ensemble mise-en, whose programs have typically focused on large ensemble works featuring traditional acoustic media. The small scale of the performing forces needed for the Acoustic+ series’ electronic and multimedia works allows for a great diversity of works on each of the programs rather than being limited to a specific instrumentation or subset of the full ensemble.

    Adam Tahir Mirza: A new work (world premiere, 2015)
    Nina C. Young: A new work (world premiere, 2015)
    Eric Chasalow: What is danced ( … and what is not) (NY premiere, 2002)*
    Jenny Olivia Johnson + Alysse Padilla: “Third Space”+”We Are Luminous” (2013, NYC premiere)
    Jenny Olivia Johnson + Alex Temple: “It’s Hard Even to Say It” (2013, NYC premiere)
    Karlheinz Stockhausen: Kontakte (electronic version) (1959-1960)

    *featuring Melanie Genin

    Admission: $15 (

Andrea Agostini & Ryan Carter at the Italian Academy

LoVid & Sound Arts MFA students @ EI


    The Forty-first Anniversary of EI performances at 224 Centre Street, The Forty-sixth Anniversary of the Founding of Experimental Intermedia, the Forty-fifth Anniversary of the 224 Centre Street loft, and, not least,

    The Twenty-fifth Annual Festival with no fancy name, Part Two (or B)
    Phill Niblock, curator

    Lovid (New York) A Video Event
    LoVid will perform with a combination of handmade analog and digital instruments; the performance
    will center on an audiovisual composition where the video and sound are translated from the
    same electric signal; LoVid’s work explores the translation of the electric signal into visible and
    audible compositions; in recent works, they have been expanding their practice to think of the
    space of the performance, as well as the space between performers and audiences, as part of
    the instrument itself; for this performance LoVid will incorporate infrared LED light-beams that
    will be used to trigger video and sound clips; they will be joined by an ensemble of MFA in
    Sound Arts students from Columbia University

    Sunday, March 15th, 2015
    224 Centre Street at Grand, Third Floor, NY 10013

forever wild (kill site record)


    forever wild (kill site record)

    Marginal Utility
    319 North 11th Street, 2nd Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19107

    6 March – 19 April 2015
    Opening Reception 6 March 6-10pm

    Marginal Utility is proud to present ‘forever wild (kill site record)’ by the New York based artist Douglas Irving Repetto. This is Repetto’s second project to be exhibited with Marginal Utility.

Headless Monkey Attack @ Spectrum


    Headless Monkey Attack @ Spectrum

    Headless Monkey Attack

    Saturday, February 28 at 8:00pm

    121 Ludlow, Second Floor
    New York, New York 10002

    CMC-alum Ryan Carter (Headless Monkey Attack) will perform a solo set (and interpretive dance) of algorithmically generated compositions.

    More info:

The Hour of the Star


    THE HOUR OF THE STAR by Clarice Lispector
    Translated by Benjamin Moser
    Used with permission of New Directions Publishing
    Adapted and Directed by Dara Malina

    Sound design : Nolan Lem (MFA Sound Arts 2nd year student)

    Where: The Connelly Theatre
    220 East 4th Street
    When: February 18-21, 2015

    Price: $15 General Admission/$5 Seniors

    Free with any valid CUID or student ID;
    Enter the code student to reserve your free ticket.
    You must present your ID with the confirmation at the door.

Christopher Trapani Paris Premiere

    Spinning in Infinity for orchestra and electronics by (CMC TA) Christopher Trapani premieres 21 February 2015 at the Maison de la Radio in Paris. Radio France / IRCAM co-production.

    For those who can’t attend in person, the concert will be broadcast online for one month following the premiere.

    For more info:
    maisondelradio article

Brad Garton: “The Books Of Music, Dreams, And Memories” (multi-media performance)

Tomorrow is the Question: Afrofuturism, Sound, and Spirit


    Tomorrow Is the Question
    February 13, 2015 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    James Memorial Chapel, 3041 Broadway, New York

    Following the idea of a black radical tradition, African and African diasporic futurism refers to practices of technological agency to reimagine the past and enact alternative possible futures in the material world. This convening considers the sonic and spiritual dimensions of futurism throughout modern black culture, reflecting on the challenges and opportunities presented by sound technologies that enable the creation of an alternative tomorrow, real or mythic. Presenters will consider the intersection of sound technology, spirituality, and Africana studies in a wide-ranging discussion tracing relations between colonial legacies, technologies of liberation, and social movements in the modern world.

    Panelists include:

    Alexexander Weheliye, Department of African American Studies, Northwestern University
    Michael Veal, Departments of Music, African American Studies, and American Studies, Yale University
    Beth Coleman, City as Platform Lab and Department of English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo
    George E. Lewis , Department of Music, Columbia University, event moderator

    The discussion will include a sonic performance by Haitian composer, percussionist, and turntablist Val-Inc.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    James Memorial Chapel
    3041 Broadway at 121st Street
    New York, NY 10027
    Union Theological Seminary, West side of Broadway

play_algorithm @ CMC


    Date: Friday, 30th January 2015
    Time: 7:30pm – 9.00pm
    Computer Music Center
    320G Prentis Hall (3rd floor project space)
    632 West 125th St
    Price: Free

    “Culturally diverse individual participants’ reaction to sound in an acousmatic space” is the central theme in our integrated audio-visual installation “Play_algorithm.” The project utilizes a wall-to-ceiling projection programmed by Alice Emily Baird and a live percussion and electronic composition by Chatori Shimizu. The space encourages audience participation in which their reactions to the sound directly reflect the real-time visual display.

A Recital for Terry Adkins


    A Recital for Terry Adkins (2014)
    World Premiere by George Lewis
    George Lewis & Ensemble Pamplemousse
    Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 8pm
    St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University main campus
    Co-sponsored by Music at St. Paul’s

    Interactive Media World Premiere: A Recital for Terry Adkins is a large-scale open-form ritual
    with live interaction between instruments, electronic sounds, and digitized still and moving
    images drawn from the work of Romare Bearden and Terry Adkins.

    Free and open to the public On-line registration is required.
    More Information / Register

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    Please visit for details, the most up-to-date schedule, and information regarding how to register to attend programs.

CMC Holiday/Brad’s “MemoryBook” App-release party! 12/6!


    TWO (count ‘em, 2!) PARTIES IN ONE!

    featuring performances and installations by:

      Doug Geers
      Maja Cerar
      Sam Pluta
      Brad Garton (book-reading)
      Terry Pender
      Zosha DiCastri
      David Adamcyk
      David Bird
      Bryan Jacobs
      Taylor Brook
      Chris Trapani
      Karl Fury
      Nolan Lem
      Operator Emz aka Michael Greene
      Gregory Taylor
      Luke DuBois
      … and others!

    Saturday, Dec. 6 7-10 PM
    3rd Floor Prentis Hall — 632 W. 125th Street


    click here for the MemoryBook App link

First Person Plural Reading Series


    Sound Arts MFA candidate Cameron Fraser is performing at the First Person Plural Reading series!

    We are so delighted by our lineup–they are a stunning group of writers and artists. Join us downstairs at Silvana on Tuesday, November 18th at 7pm for Cameron Fraser, Asali Solomon, Marguerite Van Cook + James Romberger, and FPP co-founder Wendy S. Walters. Special DJ sets by Lady DM. Silvana is located at 300 W. 116th St. near Frederick Douglass Blvd, across from Harlem Tavern, steps from the B/C at 116th. Admission is free.

SeismoDome: Sights and Sounds of Earthquakes and Global Seismology


    (Featuring Sound Arts and CMC friends, faculty, and students)

    Hayden Planetarium Programs
    SeismoDome: Sights and Sounds of Earthquakes and Global Seismology

    November 17, 2014

    Earthquakes happen frequently—but what causes them? Why are they unpredictable? What do they tell us about Earth’s deep interior? Explore these questions with collaborating Earth scientists, astrophysicists, and sound artists as they bring to the Planetarium dome immersive displays of earthquakes through time and also seismic waves moving through and around the planet. Through sight and sound, explore four earthquakes from the last decade, viewed from space and then from deep inside the globe. Experiencing these dramatic events in the Planetarium will transform the way you think about our planet.


    Dates: November 17, 2014
    Registration Deadline: 11/17/2014
    Location: Hayden Planetarium Space Theater
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Entrance: 81st Street Entrance
    Cost: FREE.
    Registration is required; call 212-769-5200

Creamcheese: with Luke Dubois & Zach Layton, Brock Monroe & Oneida


    (Featuring CMC alums, friends, and equipment!)

    Creamcheese: with Luke Dubois & Zach Layton, Brock Monroe & Oneida
    Saturday, November 15, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
    Guggenheim Museum
    Zero: Countdown to Tomorrow

    ZERO scholar Tiziana Caianiello provides an introduction to Creamcheese (1967–76), a psychedelic discotheque and artists’ meeting place in Düsseldorf. Conceived by ZERO artist Günther Uecker and decorated by other network artists, including Adolf Luther, Heinz Mack, Gerhard Richter, and Daniel Spoerri, it became known for its progressive music as well as its synthesis of art, film, music, and performance. Creamcheese provides the inspiration for an event in the museum’s rotunda following Caianiello’s talk. Developed by R. Luke DuBois and Zach Layton, the playlist features Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, and others. A special performance by Brooklyn-based psychedelic rock band Oneida with accompanying visual effects by Joshua Light Show artist Brock Monroe will end the evening. Tickets include an exhibition viewing of ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s, and a cash bar will be available.

    $25 general, $20 members, $15 students.


    1071 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10128


Sound Arts MFA Program Open Studios

GALATEA_RESET & works inspired by work at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Studios


    The Association for the Promotion of New Music (APNM) is hosting a concert at Dixon Place, 7:30pm on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

    An Evening of Electronic Music featuring Maurice Wright’s robot opera GALATEA_RESET
    along side electro-acoustic works inspired by work at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Studios

    Ionel PETROI: Huit Danses Surprise
    Arthur KREIGER: Electronic Miniature
    Jeffrey HALL: From the Sunken Temple
    Adam VIDIKSIS: stria (feather) remix
    Joseph HUDSON: Sub-Marine
    Mario DAVIDOVSKY: Study Number 3
    Tickets available online or at the door via Dixon Place

    $20 regular admission

    $10 students

Qubit: noise_organ

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    Featuring David Broome and Meaghan Burke

    Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, 8PM

    Saint Peter’s Church @ 619 Lexington Ave (E/M trains to 53rd St., 6 train to 51st St.)

    Qubit is excited to announce the program for its first concert of season five, a return to Saint Peter’s Church, with its beautiful sanctuary and incredible organ, built and installed by Johannes Klais Orgelbau, Bonn.

    On the program are five epic works for organ and electronics, including two world premieres by Mario Diaz de Leon and David Bird, along with the US premiere of Lisa Streich’s haunting piece for organ and cello, Seraph. Also on the program will be a rarely performed work by Peter Ablinger, and only the second performance ever of Alec Hall’s terrifying portrait of New York City in the dying days of the Bloomberg era, Boehner, Barack, Bloomberg.

    Works by:
    Alec Hall
    Mario Diaz de Leon
    David Bird
    Lisa Streich
    Peter Ablinger

    Organ: David Broome
    Violoncello: Meaghan Burke

    $15 General Admission
    $10 Students/Seniors

New CD from CMC alum Eric Chasalow


    Former Columbian Eric Chasalow has released feather, breath, mirror, a new CD of his electroacoustic and acoustic compositions. For more information visit