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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.

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

Chris Trapani Congrats


    Chris Trapani was awarded the “Best Piece (Americas)” for his work Five Out of Six at the Joint ICMC/SMC 2014 Conference in Athens, Greece. Chris was also awarded (with co-author Jose Echeveste) the “Best Presentation Award” for their paper Real time tempo canons with Antescofo. See the ICMA Announcement for additional information. Yay Chris!

Overtones and Undercurrents

    Tunnel photo by Victoria Estok

    Victoria Estok (CMC alum) and Ryan Pratt (DMA composition student) present their collaborative project Overtones & Undercurrents as part of Under the Viaduct in Harlem’s White Light, curated by Savona & the West Harlem Art Fund.

    Utilizing the viaduct tunnel’s peculiar acoustics they will fill the space with filtered sounds from field recordings of the surrounding area.

    Date & Time: Saturday, October 4th, 4pm
    Place: The tunnel on the hill behind the Cotton Club, 125th St & 12th Avenue. Walk up stairs across from Floridita.

“MemoryBook” app now available


    MemoryBook is an interactive text/music/graphics application developed by Brad Garton for iPads and Android tablets (Kindle Fire HD/HDX readers in particular). From the app description:

    “The “MemoryBook” is recollection of memories, but memories enhanced by music and graphics. Past stories act as a springboard for random speculations about life, memory, existence, all that fun stuff. The music and graphics are algorithmically-generated within the app. They are synchronized with the text at any point (and no matter what reading speed). Essentially it is a ‘book with a soundtrack’.”


    for links to the Apple App store and the Amazon App store to download it.

CMC @ ICMC / SMC 2014


    CMC affiliates presenting at the 2014 joint meeting of the International Computer Music Conference and the Sound and Music Computing Conference in Athens, Greece (September 14-20):


    September 15, afternoon session — Christopher Trapani (CMC) and Jose Echeveste (IRCAM): Real time tempo canons with Antescofo

    September 17, morning session — Aaron Einbond (HUSEAC) Christopher Trapani (CMC), Diemo Schwarz (IRCAM), Andrea Agostini (HEM Geneva) and Daniele Ghisi (HEM Geneva): Fine-tuned control of concatenative synthesis with CataRT using the Bach Library for Max


    September 17 — Paul Clift, Le détour permet le retour for string quartet and electronics

    September 19 — Christopher Trapani, Five out of Six for six players, live electronics and live video by Things Happen (Madrid)
    [awarded Best Music Submission from the Americas for the 2014 conference]

Rocket Science

    Rocket Science

    Rocket Science (Evan Parker, Craig Taborn, Peter Evans, Sam Pluta)
    September 12, 2014 – 8 and 10pm
    The Stone
    the corner of avenue C and 2nd street

Under the Viaduct

    Under the Viaduct

    TUNNEL is a collaborative environmental sound installation by CMC/Sound Arts community members Victoria Estok, Dylan Kario, Nolan Lem, Jess Malcom, Ryan Pratt, and Douglas Repetto. Ambient and environmental sounds from the streets, the viaduct, the river, and the park are filtered and played back inside the tunnel while visitors explore the curious acoustical properties of the large curved space.

    TUNNEL was created as part of the Under the Viaduct show, with support from the Computer Music Center and the West Harlem Art Fund. The installation is in the large tunnel just up the hill from the Cotton Club on Riverside Drive. Enter via the stairs across the street from Floridita. Bring your ears!

    Under the Viaduct
    Saturday, July 12th, 2-7pm
    12th Ave and Broadway

SeismoDome @ AMNH


    SeismoDome: Sights and Sounds of Earthquakes and Global Seismology
    Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    7 pm
    Hayden Planetarium Space Theater

    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 Earth scientists, astrophysicists, and sound artists, as present the sights and sounds of seismic waves moving through and around the planet. Through movies and sound, explore five earthquakes from the last decade, as observed from space and deep inside Earth.

    Speakers include Ben Holtzman, of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Jason Candler, of NYU; and Matthew Turk, of Columbia University.

    (The CMC’s Ben Holtzman, Nolan Lem, and Douglas Repetto are all part of this!)

Ensemble Pamplemousse : Repetitions/Recursions

    Ensemble Pamplemousse

    Sunday May 18, 8pm
    The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center
    107 Suffolk St., NYC

    Ensemble Pamplemousse : Repetitions/Recursions

    Six works investigate the concept of repetition across broad aesthetic boundaries, reconsidering the usual categorization by surface material.

    Andrew Greenwald : A Thing is a Hole in a Thing it is Not (iii)
    for 2 bass flutes, bass clarinet, viola, cello, percussion, and piano

    Carolyn Chen : Tragedy : Love duet for Clint and Ian
    for two performers

    George Lewis : Mnemosis
    for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, and percussion

    Thomas Meadowcroft : Pretty Lightweight
    for flute, violin, cello, and laughter track

    Simon Steen-Andersen : Rerendered
    for piano and two assistants

    Alec Hall : NEW WORK
    for flute, violin, cello, piano, Kodak slide projector and electronics Images and visual composition by Stephan Sagmiller

    Performed by Ensemble Pamplemousse : Natacha Diels, flute; Jessie Marino, vcl; Dave Broome, keys
    with special guests : Josh Modney, violin; Miranda Sielaff, viola; Piero Guimaraes, percussion; Laura Cocks, flute; Vasko Dukovski, clarinet, Carl Bettendorf, conducting, Bryan Jacobs, electronics

Antescofo, a dynamic language for real-time musician-computer interaction


    Lecture by José Echeveste (IRCAM)

    May 5 2014 at 5 pm

    Computer Music Center at Columbia University

    Prentis Hall (632 W 125th Street), room 320

    This talk focuses on programming time and interaction in Antescofo, a real-time system for performance coordination between musicians and computer processes during live music performance. To this end, Antescofo relies on artificial machine listening and a domain specific real-time programing language. It extends each paradigm through strong coupling of the two and a strong emphasis on temporal semantics and system behavior.

    The challenge in bringing human actions into the computing realm is strongly related to the temporal semantics of the language and the precision of live execution despite heterogeneous nature of time in the two mediums. Interaction scenarios are expressed at a symbolic level through the management of musical time (i.e. events like notes or beats in relative tempi) and of the ‘physical’ time (with relationships like succession, delay, duration, speed). The Antescofo approach has been validated through numerous uses of the system in live electronic performances in contemporary music repertoire by various international music ensembles.

    Antescofo language features will be presented through a series of real-world music examples which illustrate how to manage execution of different musical processes and their interactions with an external environment.

Sound Arts MFA 1st Year Show


    Exhibition: May 4 – 12, 2014
    Opening Reception: Sun, May 4, 6 – 8 PM
    Closing Viewing, Panel, Reception: Mon, May 12, 12 – 2 PM
    Viewing by Appointment: Mon, May 5 – Sun, May 11
    (email for info)

    Prentis Hall, 3rd Floor (632 W 125th St)

    Join Carla Cisno and Nolan Lem, the first class of MFA Sound Arts students, for an exhibition of their work in celebration of the program’s inaugural year.

    Sound Arts builds on more than fifty years of interdisciplinary and collaborative sound innovation at Columbia. The interdepartmental program was developed by Faculty from the Computer Music Center, along with colleagues from Composition, Visual Arts, and Engineering.

    Exhibition curated by Deborah Cullen, Director & Chief Curator of The Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery.

    Free and open to all.

    RSVP & more info:

    Exhibition Poster
    Press Release