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Bay Area Computer Music Technology Meetup - November 8th

  • Nov 8, 2007 · 7:30 PM
  • CNMAT (UC Berkeley)

Our second Bay Area Computer Music Technology meetup will be on November 8th, 7:30pm @ CNMAT - UC Berkeley (thank you to Michael Zbyszinynski and David Wessel). Come meet each other and participate in planned and impromptu presentations ("lightning talks"). Bring your laptop if you would like to make a short impromptu presentation (projection screen and sound system available) or tell the group about new projects and opportunities.

Planned Presentations:
* Brian Belet will be giving a demonstration of the Kyma sound design workstation as a performance environment for live interactive computer music. Belet will perform one of his compositions, and then discuss the algorithms used.

* Steven Yi will be presenting on "Blue". Blue is a music composition environment for Csound, written in Java and available on Windows, Linux, and OSX. Using SoundObjects on a timeline, GUI instruments, a mixer, and many other features, blue builds on top of Csound's powerful audio system to allow flexible, intuitive, and expressive work with musical ideas.

* Michael Zbyszynski will be presenting his Max/MSP libraries and on live performance with Wacom tablets.

* David Wessel may be demonstrating his new controllers.

Looking forward to seeing all of you, and please feel free to contact me - noah [at] Proposals for future events are welcome.


Brian Belet is a composer, performer, and theorist (reclaiming the exploratory definition of the term) living in Campbell, California. A Kyma user since 1990, his research activities involve algorithmic composition, real-time software sound synthesis, real-time computer improvisation, live performance human-machine interaction, and microtonal theories. He performs primarily contemporary music using Kyma, computer controllers, bass, guitar, and viola. Dr. Belet serves as Director of the Center for Research in Electro-Acoustic Music at San Jose State University. He has scores published by the Society of Composers, Inc., Warner Brothers / Belwin-Mills Publishing Corp., and the International Trombone Assoc. Press; with music recorded on the Consortium to Distribute Computer Music, the Society of Composers, Inc., and Frog Peak Music CD labels. He served 3 terms, concluding in 2006, as Vice President for Membership in the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States [SEAMUS].

Steven Yi is a composer and programmer currently living in Berkeley, CA. He is the author of the blue music composition environment, a contributor to Csound, and editor of the Csound Journal. He attended the University of Georgia as a student of Dr. Leonard V. Ball and graduated with a B.Mus in Composition in 1999.

Michael Ferriell Zbyszynski is a composer, sound artist, performer, and teacher in the field of contemporary electro-acoustic music. Currently, he is Assistant Director of Music Composition and Pedagogy at UC Berkeley's Center for New Music and Audio Technologies. Playing flute, saxophones, clarinet, Yamaha WX-7, live electronics, or things made from coffee cans and PVC, he has appeared with Roscoe Mitchell, Myra Melford, the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, at the Other Minds Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Getty Center, and the Montréal Jazz Festival, and is looking forward to a residency at the Montalvo Arts Center. He holds a PhD in composition from the University of California, Berkeley and studied at the Academy of Music in Cracow, Poland, on a Fulbright Grant. He has taught at the Universities of California Berkeley and Irvine, Berklee College of Music, and Northeastern University, and can be heard on the ARTSHIP recording label. His website can be found at http://homepage.mac.c...

David Wessel studied mathematics and experimental psychology at the University of Illinois and received a doctorate in mathematical psychology from Stanford in 1972. His work on the perception and compositional control of timbre in the early 70's at Michigan State University led to a musical research position at IRCAM in Paris in 1976. In 1979 he began reshaping the Pedagogy Department to link the scientific and musical sectors of IRCAM. In 1985 he established a new IRCAM department devoted to the development of interactive musical software for personal computers. In 1988 he began his current position as Professor of Music at the University of California, Berkeley where he is Director of CNMAT. He is particularly interested in live-performance computer music where improvisation plays an essential role. He has collaborated in performance with a variety of improvising composers including Roscoe Mitchell, Steve Coleman, Ushio Torikai, Thomas Buckner, Vinko Globokar, Jin Hi Kim, Shafqat Ali Khan, and Laetitia Sonami throughout the US and Europe.

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  • Brandon

    This was equally if not better than the last event; great turnout and excellent talks. Already looking forward to the next one.

    November 8, 2007

  • Robert E.

    Came down sick. Apologies for not making it. Will attend next meeting!

    November 8, 2007

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