Computer Music Center columbia university home
music department home

News & Events

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.

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

    Campus map

    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

    Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 10.18.22 PM

    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]