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BArCMuT Afternoon @ UCSC with David Cope and Peter Elsea

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Bay Area Computer Music Technology Group (BArCMuT)
Sunday afternoon presentations by David Cope, Peter Elsea
Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 1:00 PM
Music Building @ University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
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Thank you to David Cope and Peter Elsea for hosting the Bay Area Computer Music Technology Group (BArCMuT) for a Sunday afternoon at University of Santa Cruz!

This Sunday's presentations:
- David Cope will discuss and demonstrate his work with his computer program Experiments in Musical Intelligence. This will include a world premiere of a work by Emmy-Bach never before heard.
- Peter Elsea will give a tour of the facilities and a presentation on recent work using Max/MSP for algorithmic composition with visualizations.

If you are not familiar with David Cope's work, it represents a landmark moment in computer creativity (similar to Kurzweil's AARON application in the visual sphere). Cope's Experiments in Musical Intelligence set the bar for generative music by analyzing scores and writing new pieces in the style of the composer analyzed. If the turing test was a musical one, experiments in musical intelligence would be likely to pass the test. Those who encounter this work are often excited or even frightened by its implications. I encourage you to come and engage in this important work directly. You can listen to realizations of Cope's experiments in musical intelligence scores here (listen to "After Bach", "After Beethoven", etc. - there might be a lag before playing): (

Peter Elsea's presentations will give us a window into this frequent computer music community contributor's latest works. It will be exciting to see his new approaches to visualization and algorithmic composition and also get a sense of the UCSC studios he stewards.


UCSC is not very google maps friendly. Here is the lat/lon location of the music building: (

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There will be a machine dispensing parking permits for $2. The music center is the concrete complex at the far end of the parking lot. Go all the way to the plaza overlooking the bay, and look left for the building entrance. There will be signs to the proper room.


DAVID COPE ( ( ), Professor Emeritus of Music at UC Santa Cruz, teaches in the annual Workshop in Algorithmic Computer Music (WACM) held in June-July at UC Santa Cruz. Cope's books on modern music include New Directions in Music (seventh edition), Techniques of the Contemporary Composer, and New Music Notation. His books on the intersection of music and computer science include Computers and Musical Style, Experiments in Musical Intelligence, The Algorithmic Composer, Virtual Music, Computer Models of Musical Creativity, and Hidden Structure (available through most online book sellers) and describe the computer program Experiments in Musical Intelligence which he created in 1981. Recordings of his music appear on Centaur, Smithsonian Folkways, Opus One, and Vienna Modern Masters and include a wide diversity of works, from large ensembles to soloists with electronic and computer-generated tape.

PETER ELSEA ( ( ) is the director of the UCSC Electronic Music Program. He is known world-wide for his "Lobjects" software for the Max/MSP music programming environment, and his tutorials for that language are in use at most major electronic music institutions. Google reports more than 1000 links to his internet articles on music technology, which have been on line since 1994. In addition to his work in composition and synthesis, he has been for some years exploring the combination of sound and light using high speed computers. Part of his visual collaboration with Mesut Ozgen, "New Dimensions in Classical Guitar" (seen at UCSC in 2004) was recently presented in Istanbul.

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