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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!

“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).


    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.