December Bay Area Computer Music Technology Group Meetup

From: Noah T.
Sent on: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 2:37 PM
Our December Bay Area Computer Music Technology meetup will be hosted at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Accoustics (CCRMA). More info and images for the CCRMA location are available here. Many thanks to Ge Wang and Stanford for hosting the event!

The event will begin at 7:30pm with a tour of CCRMA.

At 8pm there will be two planned presentations:
- Ge Wang will be presenting on Laptop Orchestras. Ge is a co-founding developer and co-director of the first laptop orchestra at Princeton (PLOrk). He is currently starting the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) and the Left Coast Laptop Orchestra (naming in progress).
- Craig Latta will be presenting his Smalltalk based musical livecoding project called "quoth" that uses executable natural language!
- Lightning talk on building a feedback piano
- Tentative presentation on Common Lisp Music (CLM)

If you would like to do a lightning talk (5 minute presentation) come with your laptop. Stanford CCRMA residents are encouraged to present as are other participants (aka You!). Let me know in advance or just come prepared and let me know when you see me that you would like to present.

Stanford can be quite a drive for San Francisco and East Bay residents and some people do not have cars. Please respond to this email if you have room for people in your car (particularly if you have a large vehicle). It could be a good chance to get to know some of the amazing people in the group.

Also, let me mention that there are three upcoming events in January:
- January 10th (Thursday): presentations including Andrew Benson from Cycling 74 presenting on what's new in Max 5. The event will be in SF or Berkeley.
- January 13th (Sunday): Ge Wang will be teaching a workshop on ChucK programming at Stanford
- January 24th (Thursday): Build Ruby Language Audio APIs Brainstorming session will meet in SF (Venue TBD; learn more here)

Please pass this info on to friends, colleagues, or students who may be interested in attending. Let me know if you have any suggestions, needs, or questions.

All The Best,
Noah Thorp
Bay Area Computer Music Technology Group Organizer

BIOS

Ge Wang
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Ge Wang received his B.S. in Computer Science in 2000 from Duke University, PhD (soon) in Computer Science (advisor Perry Cook) in 2007 from Princeton University, and is currently an assistant professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). His research interests include interactive software systems for computer music, programming languages, sound synthesis and analysis, music information retrieval, new performance ensembles (e.g., laptop orchestras) and paradigms (e.g., live coding), visualization, interfaces for human-computer interaction, interactive audio over networks, and methodologies for education at the intersection of computer science and music. Ge is the chief architect of the ChucK audio programming language. He is a founding developer and co-director of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk), and a co-creator of the TAPESTREA sound design environment. Ge composes and performs via various electro-acoustic and computer-mediated means.

Craig Latta
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Craig Latta is descended from a long line of itinerant researchers. Asking only for a fast network connection and an occasional glimpse at the sky, he explores the hinterlands of experimental music and computer science.

Craig earned simultaneous bachelor degrees in music and computer science from UC Berkeley in 1991. Later that year, he discovered dynamic object programming with the Smalltalk system and realized that improvisational musical informatics was his thing. He enjoyed a variety of ambitious projects at ParcPlace Systems, Atari Games, Interval Research, the IBM Watson Research Center, and the Bootstrap Institute.

In 2004, he fell in with the highly suspicious "livecoding" crowd (toplap.org), and two years after that joined the multimedia improv group "dud" (dudland.com). This afternoon he worked for the Fuji Xerox Palo Alto Laboratory. At twilight he went for a nice walk. Now, under cover of night, he pursues the NetJam project (netjam.org), a music improvisation network.

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