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Sound Arts MFA Program

    We are thrilled to announce the new Sound Arts MFA program offered by the School of the Arts in association with the Department of Music and the Computer Music Center. Applications are now being accepted!

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).


    Sacred Court Music (Gagaku) and Secular Art Music (Hōgaku)


    Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 4:00PM
    Miller Theatre, Columbia University
    (116th Street & Broadway)

    Presenting classic repertoires for Japanese heritage instruments and newly commissioned works for Japanese heritage instruments and computer, featuring music by Akira Takaoka and Brad Garton

    The concert is free and open to the public, but please register online at


Ensemble Pamplemousse : Escaped Fragments


    Ensemble Pamplemousse : Escaped Fragments
    Thursday March 20, 7:30pm
    Dixon Place
    161A Chrystie St. (between Rivington & Delancey)

    5 works revel in acoustic detritus- bursts of glitchy theatrical noisy copycat coupled with silent mimicry.

    Ensemble Pamplemousse presents new and recent works for ensemble by Pamplemoussians David Broome, Natacha Diels, and Jessie Marino, alongside works by Joanna Baillie and Øyvind Torvund.Drawing the listener in with strange and disparate sound materials drawn from noisy everyday life, these works fashion soundscapes from a collage of found and repurposed objects, field recordings, electronics, tape, and instruments. They satisfy with traditional notions of beauty and excite with crackles of theatrics and curious perspectives. Staying true to the ensemble’s mission of experimentation within music to the fullest, each piece will be unique, exciting, and truly Pamplemoussian.

    Program :
    Øyvind Torvund : Willibald Motor Landscape for clarinet, cello, guitar, keyboard, and percussion

    Dave Broome : Ominousty for keyboard

    Joanna Bailie : Artificial Environments #1-5 for cl, vln, vla, perc, tape

    Jessie Marino : New York 1ne for pianist, percussionist, audio-visual director, and two assistants

    Natacha Diels : Second Nightmare, for KIKU for violin and two assistants

The Garden of Dreams


    The Garden of Dreams

    This musical and visual installation proposes to the visitors the interactive exploration of dreams coming from all over the world, in many different languages, recorded both on the Internet and at the two installation locations in New York and Lyon (France).

    These dreams take part in a collective memory, which visitors of the installation can consult by traveling through oniric universes.

    On a website specially designed for this purpose,, or in a “Dream Station” in another room of the exhibition’s building, one can video record herself/himself and share a dream. Once the recording validated, this dream is integrated into the installation (see below for dates and locations).

    Dreams recorded in video will never be used as is, in a realistic way, but will be transformed and inserted in imaginary worlds.

    A special performance, Distant Mirrors, will extend this singular experience by allowing two flutists, one in Lyon, the other in New York, to play together via the Internet, crossing the dreams and the oniric landscapes of the installation.

    Maison française, Columbia University, New York
    Exhibition March 24-29th
    Miller Theater, at Columbia University, New York:
    Performances/concerts Saturday March 29TH, 12pm & 1pm
    Musées Gadagne, Lyon
    Opening Thursday March 6th, 7 pm
    Exhibition March 7-29th, 11 pm to 6:30 pm (Wednesday to Sunday)
    Performances/concerts Saturday March 29TH, 5pm & 6pm

    Conception, Composition, Computer Music and Graphics:
    Jean-Baptiste Barrière
    Computer Music and Graphics Realization : Christophe Lebreton (Grame),
    With the research teams of Grame & Ircam in the framework of the Inedit Project

    Realization : Grame, Image Auditive
    Coproduction : Grame / Biennale Musiques en Scène
    Production : Grame & Image Auditive, in partnership with Musées Gadagne (Lyon), Miller Theater, Computer Music Center & Maison française of Columbia University (New York)
    With the help of: Inedit Project /ANR, Scan fund of Région Rhône-Alpes, Dicream, Le Cube

Double CD Release Party – Carrier Records


    We are delighted to celebrate the release of two new albums on Carrier Records
    Aaron Einbond & ensemble dal niente Without Words
    Bryan Jacobs Dis Un Il Im Ir

    With performances by Jaime Oliver, On Structure (Natacha Diels & Jessie Marino), Aaron Einbond, and Bryan Jacobs.
    $15 includes both CDs and drinks.

    Friday, March 14th, 2014 // 9pm // Exapno, 33 Flatbush Avenue

    Or if you cannot join in person please purchase the discs at

    Hope to see you there!

    Aaron and Bryan

ArtLab: Music + the Mind // March 11th



    What music does the mind make? On Tuesday, March 11th, ArtLab tunes into the sound of synapses with Music + the Mind: a live music-infused experiment in neuroscience. The evening features the Brainwave Music Project, which translates brain activity into electronic music—a project conceived by Columbia professors David Sulzer and Brad Garton.

    Singer + multi-instrumentalist Lora Faye and jazz drummer William Hooker will strap on mind-reading EEG headbands to record the electrical impulses coursing through their brains, making music with their minds as they make music for the crowd. As they perform, they’ll feed off neurofeedback, improvising to the beat of their neurons firing.

    Rounding out the evening, ArtLab will explore the art and neuroscience of making brainwave music through moderated discussion and audience participation. What can we learn from listening to and playing with the music of the mind? What music does the brain make when it simply imagines making music?

    The event will begin at 8:00 pm at the Cameo Gallery and is presented as part of Brain Awareness Week, featuring brain-themed events happening across New York City.



    Commensurate with the scale of the Noise Non-ference in March 2013, Machine Music is Qubit’s focal point of the 2014 season, highlighting the interstices of a variety of contemporary currents, including cutting-edge computer technologies, improvisatory instrumental practice and experimental sound installations.

    The distinguished New York composer, trombonist and scholar, George Lewis joins us with a major new work, Spooky Interaction, for 2 pianists and 2 computer-controlled disklaviers. Composer and performer Courtney Bryan will perform live in New York, joined in a real time telematic connection from Melbourne, Australia, by renowned Australian musician, Paul Grabowsky.

    Featured artists on the concert include Bryan Jacobs, Natacha Diels, Bjoern Erlach and David Bird.

    Installations for 4 Disklaviers by Ranjit Bhatnagar and Alec Hall will be exhibited from February 12th to 14th between 4 and 7pm (6pm on the 13th).

    Please join us for an opening reception on February 12th from 5 to 7pm. Concert February 13th at 8pm.



    CUriosity3 at Columbia University presents Sound in Art and Science

    DATE: 12-Feb-2014 7:00 — 9:00 pm
    LOCATION: Prentis Hall, Room 101

    Sound is a concept that transcends the sciences, from the oscillations and energy
    responsible for generating sound waves, to the perception of music by the brain.
    Artists can transform our understanding of such principles, by manipulating our
    experiences of sound and offering transformations into visceral
    artworks. Join us for short talks and an audience led panel discussion where we’ll
    hear examples of how art and science converge through this fascinating medium.

    Speakers: Douglas Repetto, David Sulzer, Rafael Vargas-Suarez and Bradford Garton.

    Location: Room 101, Prentis Hall, Columbia University, 632 West 125th Street

Qubit Season Opener


    Qubit Season Opener

    January 22nd, 2014 || 7:30pm || Dixon Place, NYC || $12/$10
    Facebook Event

    Works by:
    - Lisa Streich, Existenser
    - Bryan Jacobs, Le La en Le
    - Malin Bång, Purfling
    - Joanna Bailie, Artificial Environment No. 8
    - Alec Hall, Venice

    Performances by:
    - David Broome, piano
    - Joshua Modney, solo violin
    - Erica Dicker, violin
    - Sarah Vonsattel, violin
    - Caleb van der Swaagh, cello

    More info at

Ensemble Pamplemousse plays Klaus Lang and Alvin Lucier

    Ensemble Pamplemousse

    Ensemble Pamplemousse plays Klaus Lang and Alvin Lucier
    Tuesday December 10 8pm
    Issue Project Room
    22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn NY

    Alvin Lucier
    : December 12th* :
    flute violin cello piano oscillators
    : Music for Piano with Amplified Sonorous Vessels :
    piano and vessels
    : Bird and Person Dyning (performed by Alvin Lucier) :
    performer with microphones, amplifiers, loudspeakers, electronic birdcall

    Andrew Greenwald
    : Sofrut(C) :
    piccolo violin viola oboe

    Natacha Diels
    : Second Nightmare, for Kiku* :
    violin and two assistants

    Klaus Lang
    : tehran dust :
    cello and harmonium
    : Geschrieben in Wasser. :
    piano quartet
    : Die drei Felder im Schnee und die scharlachrote Sonne :
    flute and percussion

    * denotes world premiere

    Performed by :

    Ensemble Pamplemousse
    Natacha Diels : flute
    Kiku Enomoto: violin
    Jessie Marino : cello
    Dave Broome: piano
    plus :
    Beth Weisser: viola
    Arthur Sato : oboe
    Piero Guimaraes: percussion



    Lilith was Adam’s first wife – made from the same clay. But rather than lie below him, she left Eden forever. We know her as queen of the demons, responsible for death in childbirth; and as a seductress of men. She is written to be feared, and to be protected against.

    But we will invite her in…

    Open Dress: Thursday, November 21st, 9pm
    Friday, November 22nd, 9pm
    Saturday, November 23rd, 7pm and 10pm
    Sunday, November 24th, 3pm

    Horace Mann Theatre
    Enter at 535 West 120th Street (follow the signs)

    Tickets are FREE! Reserve at

    Created by Dara Malina, Jolene Noelle, Tingying Ma, Kate Hamilton, Jake Lasser, Stephanie Patent, Iman Richardson, Jeanne Smith, Chris Stahl, Kevin Brouder, Blake Palmer, Christopher Weston, Katherine Holland, Alexandra Lalonde
    Sound: glifo.dendrita (Valeria Jonard (Sound Arts MFA student) and Abdel Anzaldua)

Wet Ink Collaborations Series

    Wet Ink Ensemble + Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Septet

    September 30th, 2013 | 8:00pm
    509 Atlantic Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11217

    Wet Ink Performs Anthony Braxton and Peter Ablinger
    Improvisations by Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Septet
    Evan Parker, soprano saxophone
    Peter Evans, trumpet, piccolo trumpet
    Okkyung Lee, cello
    George Lewis, trombone/laptop
    Ikue Mori, live electronics
    Sam Pluta, live electronics
    Ned Rothenberg, clarinets/shakuhachi

    Wet Ink Ensemble + Mivos Quartet + Yarn/Wire

    October 1st, 2013 | 8:00pm
    St. Peter’s Church, Chelsea
    346 West 20th Street
    New York, NY 10011

    Mivos Quartet Performs Sam Pluta and David Franzson
    Yarn/Wire Performs Eric Wubbels and Peter Evans

Peter Evans Quintet/Octet and Rocket Science at The Stone


    Friday, September 13
    Peter Evans Quintet – Peter Evans, Jim Black, Ron Stabinsky, Tom Blancarte, and Sam Pluta
    shows at 8pm and 10pm – $10

    Saturday, September 14
    Peter Evans Octet – The PE Quintet plus Dan Peck, Ian Antonio, and Brandon Seabrook
    one set at 8pm – $20

    Sunday, September 15
    Rocket Science – Evan Parker, Craig Taborn, Peter Evans, and Sam Pluta
    shows at 8pm and 10pm – $20

    Tuesday, September 17
    Rocket Science – Evan Parker, Craig Taborn, Peter Evans, and Sam Pluta
    shows at 8pm and 10pm – $20

    all shows at:

    The Stone
    E 2nd St & Ave C, New York, New York 10009

Spirograph Agnew, On Structure, and the Miz’ries


    Spirograph Agnew, On Structure, and the Miz’ries (featuring MobMuCorp) in concert
    Thursday, August 29th, at JACK
    505 1/2 Waverly St, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn 8PM

    Three distinct approaches to contemporary multimedia performance converge into a night of performative pandemonium. Methods include mobile devices, hacked electronics, 3D glasses, yelling, and more.

Hacking Audio and Music Research (HAMR)