ATLAS Summer Experimental Music Symposium

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Wednesday, Aug 5
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

ATLAS Institute, Rm. 229, University of Colorado Boulder

Event Details

Computer Music 300pxAs part of ATLAS Summer Experimental Music Week, this symposium brings together some of the world’s leading pioneers in the field of computer music to exchange ideas, share research and explore possibilities. Free and open to the public.

3:30 – 4 pm    “Evo-Devo Music: A Biologically Inspired Generative System for Music Composition,” by Anna Lindemann and Eric Lindemann.

The development of a living organism begins with a single cell containing the genome. Through a miraculous and mysterious developmental process, involving cell division and cell differentiation, the outlines of the organism appear and details gradually emerge. Evolution acts on this developmental engine over generations to create new organisms and refine existing ones. We present a system that attempts to mimic this evolutionary-developmental system for the creation of musical scores.

Anna Lindemann is a composer and artist. She has a B.S. in evolutionary-developmental biology from Yale and an M.F.A in electronic arts from RPI. More»

Eric Lindemann is a musician/engineer. He is creator of Synful Orchestra and has worked in audio signal processing for over thirty years. More»

4 – 4:30 pm    “Representing Musical Information in Software Environments,” by Miller Puckette

Of the many ways researchers have tried to represent musical scores and real-time musical behaviors, none has yet adequately addressed the many problems that arise. In this talk, I’ll show some known approaches (patch languages, graphical data languages, structured text) in musical examples that show their capabilities, but also point to the much larger class of things we don’t yet know how to do well.

Miller Puckette has been writing real-time music software systems since 1980 and is best known for Max/MSP and Pure Data. More»

4:30 – 5 pm    “Current Research in Signal Processing for Music and Audio,” by Julius O. Smith

New research vistas continue to arise as new ideas and enabling technologies make whole new classes of applications possible. This talk will summarize a number of music/audio research threads going on at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. Recent ideas include new models for stringed instruments, acoustic spaces, and methods for digitizing vintage analog circuits. New enabling technologies include smart phones and tablet computers having fast, multicore processors and low-latency multi-touch displays.

Julius O. Smith teaches music/audio signal processing and supervises related research at CCRMA. He is the author of four online books and numerous research publications in his field. More here.

5 – 5:30 pm    An open discussion on the state of the emerging art, moderated by ATLAS Director Mark D Gross.

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