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…sicut aurora procedit (2015)

…sicut aurora procedit is the composition created by Maija Hynninen for a multidisciplinary work Pix grace – Rosin. The work was conceived by violinist Mirka Malmi, composer Maija Hynninen and aerialist Ilona Jäntti during 2013–15. Interaction between the group members was tight, each producing demo material for the rest of the group to see and discuss. The name Rosin came from the idea of rosin combining the two, violinist and aerialist. By friction rosin creates a contact surface between the bow and strings, the hands of the aerialist and the trapeze.

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Hypochondriasis (2014)

Hypochondriasis is for chin (guqin) and live electronics. Chin is an ancient Chinese 7-string zither normally played by plucking with fingers. This piece is my first work to use electronics. For the first experiment on electronics, I choose the chin as the instrument since it’s one of the instruments I’m familiar with. However, the chin is a very personal instrument due to its soft volume and subtle timbral changes, so amplification becomes an important element and thus creates a new kind of environment, an augmented chin.

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Pianos (2013)

Cindy Cox, Pianos

Concerto solo piano/sampler keyboard, twelve musicians, and live electronics 

I. Dark, Racing

II. Mercurial

III. Quirky, like a turning wheel

IV. Slowly revolving, wistful

V. Brash 

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Language of Dreams (2013)

Myra Melford composer and artistic director, with David Szlasa - video, Oguri - dance, Sofia Rei  - spoken word and Snowy Egret: Ron Miles (cornet), Stomu Takeishi (bass guitar), Liberty Ellman (guitar) and Tyshawn Sorey (drums) and Myra Melford (piano, sampler and melodica)

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Auditory Fiction II (2014)

Edmund Campion

The Auditory Fiction pieces are composed for live musicians who perform with the aid of in-ear click-tracks.  The click-tracks are designed using software tools developed at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies primarily by John MacCallum and Matt Wright with support from Ed Campion and others.  With the click-tracks in place, the musicians are enabled to play in any tempo relationship, accelerate, decelerate, change phase, and at any rate. 

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P.A.I.R.S. - Portable Ambisonic Impulse Response System

P.A.I.R.S is a project of UC Berkeley Graduating Senior, Andrew Rahman, and was funded by the UC Berkeley Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF).  The purpose of the P.A.I.R.S. project is to capture the reverberation characteristics of historic spaces for archival and creative use. 

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spark (2015)

spark (2015)
for Wacom Tablet Transducer-Piano-Feedback Instrument
by Rama Gottfried, for pianist Ernst Surberg

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Sonic Writing Research

Dr. Thor Magnusson, from the University of Sussex, is in residency at CNMAT for a week this Spring. This is part of his Sonic Writing Research project which is a two-year research program that explores work and practices using new technologies for musical expression. Through tracing the historical conditions of material and symbolic design in in three interconnected strands of inscription - instruments, notation, and phonography - the project studies how established techniques are translated into new methods of musical composition and performance in digital musical media.

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CNMAT.o.stompbox -- lots of pedals to Max

CNMAT.o.stompbox -- a breakout box for Teensy & Max

Introduction
Early in the Fall semester 2017, CNMAT director Edmund Campion came to me with a request to build a system that would allow for multiple foot-pedal controllers to be connected to Max.  The design criteria required that the system should:

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