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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.

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

Jazz Hackathon!!!

Writing Against Time



    THU, MAY 1, 2014 – 8:00PM

    Yarn/Wire/Currents, a new and ongoing collaboration of ISSUE and the acclaimed piano and percussion quartetYarn/Wire, continues with the premieres of newly commissioned works for the ensemble by Christopher Trapani and Pete Swanson.

    Christopher Trapani’s new piece, Writing Against Time, inspired by Micahel Clune’s book of the same name, is about “stopping time”—the sensation of suspension in an enveloping present, prolonging the wonder and enchantment of a new aesthetic discovery. The piece unfolds as a long single line, always pulling forward, never referring back to earlier moments. There is repetition and variation, but no development—an emphasis instead on surface details and transformations in color. Interacting with live electronics, repeated patterns and irrational rhythms create an intricate, colorful collage that draws on a range of disparate sources.

    At 7:00 pm Christopher Trapani and Author Michael Clune present a Pre-Concert Talk.

    Michael Clune’s book Writing Against Time explores the techniques various writers have exploited to evoke the sensation of “stopping time.” Inspired by Clune’s work, Christopher Trapani extends these ideas to the musical realm in his new work. The two will discuss their collaboration and thoughts about “stopping time” in music and literature in this unique pre-concert event.

    “Time seems to slow when we perceive something for the first time. The moment of perception swells; the ‘fraction of time’ expands… a gap opens between the time of the clock and neurobiological time… In such moments we get a glimpse of the splendor of eternal life, of unfading color, unerased sensation. But these dilations don’t last. What if they could?”

Narrative Through Flute and Electronics


    Narrative Through Flute and Electronics
    Rachel Susser, Senior Flute Recital

    Friday, April 18
    7:00 pm
    Sulzberger Parlor
    (3rd floor, Barnard Hall)
    3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

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    Thea Musgrave – Narcissus
    for flute and digital delay
    (software by Austin Stillwell)

    Randall Woolf – Everything is Green
    for flute, piano, and pre-recorded soundtrack
    (text by David Foster Wallace)
    – with Yong Murray, piano –

    Rachel Susser – Piper
    for digital flute and soundtrack

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    Refreshments will be served.




    Come see one of several performances of Heiner Müller’s Hamletmachine at Schapiro Studio at Columbia University from April 11 – 13 (Friday through Sunday) at 7:30pm. CMC Sound Arts student, Nolan Lem, has created the sound elements for this contemporary production.

    Sex. Violence. Media. Facebook. What is our modern-day revolution? Heiner Müller wrote Hamletmachine in Germany in 1977 but the question is still pertinent today.

    Müller’s play already takes Shakespeare’s Hamlet and rips it to shreds; this April, we will make it a fully interactive experience in search of answers to questions like:

    What does it mean to stage a revolution today, and what do we have to fight against?
    What constitutes revolt in the age of Facebook?
    How does the ever-changing nature of gender politics affect this discussion and what is the role of the media in the conversation?

    Performances will take place April 11th-13th at Columbia’s Schapiro Studio. Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 1pm. Admission will be free.

    Hamletmachine website

NYC Electroacoustic Music Society Concert


    On Friday, April 4th, 7:30pm pianists Tristan McKay and Jade Conlee will give the New York premiere of Nina C. Young’s Kolokol for two pianos and electronics at the LeFrak Concert Hall, Copland School of Music, Queens College.

    The concert is hosted by the New York City Electroacoustic Music Society (NYCEMS), a new offshoot of the organization that hosts the (now annual) NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival. (NYCEMF). Other works on the program include:

    Prismes électriques (D’Amato Antonio)
    Key Piece (Gary DiBenedetto)
    Ophelia’s Song (Keith Patchel)
    Cadence (Jason Malli)
    Untitled (Fred Szymanski)
    Just the Beginning (Joel Gressel)
    One Nation Under God, Part I (John Bock)
    Untouching 1 (Michael Gogins)
    Music of Sience Video (Sal Sofia)
    Licorice Moments Video (Hubert Howe and Nancy R Bogen)

Ghost Ensemble @ Spectrum


    On Friday, March 28th, Ghost Ensemble will premier “Robot Wedding” for voice, electronics, accordion, and bass by Sky Macklay. “Robot Wedding” takes the listeners to the wedding ceremony of two robots where the voices of today’s conservative talk radio pundits are recontextualized in the future.

    They will also perform pieces by Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, Luciano Berio, Damon Loren Baker, Alvin Lucier, and Joshua Morris.

    The concert is Friday, March 28th at 7:30 at Spectrum (121 Ludlow, 2nd floor, between Delancy and Rivington, 2 blocks from the J and M trains at Essex/Delancy).