[chuck-users] Bay Area Computer Music Technology Group @ Ex'pression, Thursday April 3rd

Noah Thorp noah at listenlabs.com
Sat Mar 29 14:04:26 EDT 2008

The Bay Area Computer Music Technology Group
Thursday, April 3rd, 7:30 - 9:30PM
@ Ex'pression College for Digital Arts (http://www.expression.edu/)
6601 Shellmound St, Emeryville, CA 94608
RSVP Here: http://electronicmusic.meetup.com/152/calendar/6921818/

- Jaron Lanier on intersections of computer music, artificial 
intelligence, virtual reality, and biomimicry: http://www.jaronlanier.com/
- Chris Chafe on networked audio applications: 
- Lightning talk by Ge Wang on the instantiation of the Stanford Laptop 
Orchestra (SLOrk) and upcoming Laptop Orchestra of the Left (L.O.L.): 

Thanks to Ex'pression College for the Digital Arts for hosting our event 
this month! Please note that you must RSVP this month as there will be a 
sign in list at Ex'pression College. RSVP here: 

Hope to see you there.

All the best,
Noah Thorp
Bay Area Computer Music Technology Group Organizer
noah [the at sign] listenlabs [a dot] com


Chris Chafe is a composer / cellist / music researcher with an interest 
in computer music composition and interactive performance. He has been a 
long-term denizen of the Center for Computer Research in Music and 
Acoustics, Stanford University where he directs the center and teaches 
computer music courses. His doctorate in music composition was completed 
at Stanford in 1983 with prior degrees in music from the University of 
California at San Diego and Antioch College. Two year-long research 
periods were spent at IRCAM, and the Banff Center for the Arts 
developing methods for computer sound synthesis based on physical models 
of musical instrument mechanics. Current projects include the 
"SoundWIRE" experiments for musical collaboration and network evaluation 
using high-speed internets for high-quality sound. He has performed his 
music in Europe, the Americas and Asia, and composed soundtracks for 
documentary films. Two recent discs of his works are available from 
Centaur Records. In Spring 2001, a collaboration with artist Greg 
Niemeyer entitled Ping was exhibited at SF MOMA and online via the 
Walker Art Center. A second collaboration, Oxygen Flute, was created for 
the San Jose Museum of Art. A CD of music from both installations is 
also available. "Organum" is their present project, a completely 
synthetic animation being developed for digital planetariums and 
individual game play.

Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and 
author.  His current appointments include Interdisciplinary 
Scholar-in-Residence, CET, UC Berkeley.

Lanier's interests include biomimetic information architectures, user 
interfaces, heterogeneous scientific simulations, advanced information 
systems for medicine, and computational approaches to the fundamentals 
of physics.  He collaborates with a wide range of scientists in fields 
related to these interests. Lanier's name is also often associated with 
Virtual Reality research.  Indeed, he did coin the term 'Virtual 
Reality' and has pioneered numerous technologies in this field.

"Jaron's World" is his monthly column in Discover Magazine, and is 
devoted to his own wide ranging ideas and research. His writing has 
appeared in The New York Times, Discover, The Wall Street Journal, 
Forbes, Harpers Magazine, The Sciences, Wired Magazine (where he was a 
founding contributing editor), and Scientific American. He has edited 
special "future" issues of SPIN and Civilization magazines.

As a musician, Lanier has been active in the world of new "classical" 
music since the late seventies. He is a pianist and a specialist in 
unusual musical instruments, especially the wind and string instruments 
of Asia. He maintains one of the largest and most varied collections of 
actively played rare instruments in the world. Lanier has performed with 
artists as diverse as Philip Glass, Ornette Coleman, George Clinton, 
Vernon Reid, Terry Riley, Duncan Sheik, Pauline Oliveros, and Stanley 
Jordan. Current recording projects include his "acoustic techno" duet 
with Sean Lennon and an album of duets with flautist Robert Dick.

He also writes chamber and orchestral music. Current commissions include 
an opera that will premier in Busan, South Korea.  Recent commissions 
include: "Earthquake!", a ballet which premiered at the Yerba Buena 
Center for the Arts in San Francisco in April, 2006; "Little Shimmers" 
for the TroMetrik ensemble, which premiered at ODC in San Francisco in 
April, 2006; "Daredevil" for the ArrayMusic chamber ensemble, which was 
premiered in Toronto in 2006; amongst many more.  His CD "Instruments of 
Change" was released on Point/Polygram in 1994.

Lanier has also pioneered the use of Virtual Reality in musical stage  
performance with his band Chromatophoria, which has toured around the 
world as a headline act in venues such as the Montreux Jazz Festival. He 
plays virtual instruments and uses real instruments to guide events in 
virtual worlds.

For a full bio of Jaron: http://www.jaronlanier.com/general.html

Ge Wang received his B.S. in 2000 in Computer Science from Duke 
University and PhD in 2007 studying with Perry Cook in Computer Science 
at Princeton University, and is an assistant professor at Stanford 
University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics 
(CCRMA). Ge conducts research in real-time software systems for computer 
music, programming languages, visualization, new performance ensembles 
(e.g., laptop orchestras) and paradigms (e.g., live coding), interfaces 
for human-computer interaction, pedagogical methodologies at the 
intersection of computer science and computer music. Ge is the chief 
architect of the ChucK audio programming language and the Audicle 
environment. 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.

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