Computer Musi c (Musc 216)
Blair School of Music
Vanderbilt University

Resources from Various Universities with Computer Music/
Electro-Acoustic Music Departments.

CERL Sound Group

The CERL Sound Group is an informal research group in Champaign-Urbana, home of the University of Illinois. [They] undertake hardware/software development in digital audio signal processing and computer music. Current research areas include real-time algorithms, sinusoidal modeling, user interface hardware/software for music performance, airflow, and music notation. The CERL Sound Group has ties to several University of Illinois departments, including Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, School of Music, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Current cooperative projects with private companies include braille music notation, multimedia piano and guitar instruction, and real-time audio signal processing algorithms. A real-time DSP studio is available to students enrolled in ECE302, an electronic music survey course in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.


Computer Music Project

The EMS (Experimental Music Studios at the University of Illinois, Champaig-Urbana) Computer Music Project is a facility for composition, digital audio research and teaching. Founded in 1984, it is used primarily by faculty and students in the School of Music's Composition-Theory Division, although visitors with valid projects are welcome. CMP users have an ongoing exchange of ideas, share information amongst each other, and present their work at music festivals and professional meetings such as ICMC (International Computer Music Conference), SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music) and SuperComputing conferences. The manager of CMP is Sever Tipei. Scott Wyatt serves as the director of the Experimental Music Studios.



The Center for Electronic and Computer Music was established at Indiana University in 1966 for the purpose of theoretical training, electronic and multimedia composition, and the dissemination of works through public concerts, the Center for Electronic and Computer Music today houses two studios which employ the latest technologies in digital sound synthesis and sampling, MIDI, digital recording and editing, video, and research-level computing. The curriculum provides an extensive technical training and historical background for students with little or no previous experience. More advanced students may enroll to use the studio facilities for the production of compositions and multimedia works, as well as for research. The program may serve as a minor for the Doctor of Music degree, as well as a cognate or minor area for the Master of Music degree.



CNMAT (Center for New Music and Audio Technology) is a music research, teaching, recording and performance facility located in the hills just north of the University of California Berkeley campus. There are many ways the public, composers, musicians, researchers, professors and students from around the world can be involved at CNMAT.



The Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) was established in 1986, and is situated within the Department of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin founded CREATE and serves as its director. CREATE serves as a productive environment available to students, researchers, and professional media artists for the realization of music and multimedia works involving computers, digital media equipment, and combinations of these with live ensembles.


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The Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) is a multi-disciplinary facility where composers and researchers work together using computer-based technology both as an artistic medium and as a research tool.




The Dartmouth College Master's Program in Electro-Acoustic Music is an interdisciplinary degree program dedicated to work that explores the interrelationships among music, technology, cognitive and computer science, acoustics, and related disciplines. While in the program, students are encouraged to pursue and develop their individual goals, and their work may be directed towards creative, research, theoretical, or technical topics. [They] are interested in students who are highly motivated and who want to help redefine the future of music and technology.



The Eastman Computer Music Center (ECMC), established in 1981 as an outgrowth of the electronic music program at the School, provides computing and digital audio facilities for the realization of compositional, performance, theoretical and other types of musical projects by Eastman, University of Rochester and visiting faculty, students, musicians and researchers.


Peabody Conservatory

The combined computer music studios [at Peabody Conservatory of Music] serve as a working laboratory for music composition and research, as well as a center for courses, demonstrations, and public programs. Many projects use both analog and digital facilities.



The Computer Music Center at Columbia University (CPEMC) is a state of the art computer music facility. The center is housed in two separate facilities: one in the music department building on the main Columbia campus, and another, larger facility on 125th Street. Originally the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, the CMC is the oldest center for Electroacoustic music in the United States. Founded by Vladimir Ussachevsky and Otto Luening with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation in 1958, the CPEMC featured four well-equipped tape studios for electronic composition, as well as the famed RCA Mark II Synthesizer, which is still housed at the CMC.


Computer Music Project at CMU

The Computer Music Project at Carnegie Mellon University is developing computer music and interactive performance technology to enhance human musical experience and creativity. This interdisciplinary effort draws on Music Theory, Cognitive Science, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Human Computer Interaction, Real-Time Systems, Computer Graphics and Animation, Multimedia, Programming Languages, and Signal Processing.


Northern Illinois University

Computer Music and New Media Technology at Northern Illinois University.



The Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI) at the University of North Texas fosters the creation, production, and dissemination of experimental computer music and intermedia, an interdisciplinary art form that combines computer music with computer graphics, dance, theater, sculpture, creative writing, and/or web-based technologies.


Simon Fraser University

The World Soundscape Project (WSP) was established as an educational and research group by R. Murray Schafer at Simon Fraser University during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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