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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 


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)


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. 


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. 


spark (2015)

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


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.


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

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

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:


negative expanse (2017)

negative expanse (2017)

For amplified string quartet and 8-channel speaker environment

Composed by Jon Kulpa

Performed by Friction Quartet

Commissioned by Sounds of Science Commissioning Club

Audio production and installation by Jeremy Wagner


Open Cylinder Larsen Tone Audio Feedback Instrumental Prototype

This audio feedback system is being developed by Ph.D. student Jason Cress, at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies in Berkeley, CA. It is a prototype designed to digitally manage or “shape” Larsen tone audio feedback as it resonates through various media. In this case, air pressure waves are produced by a loudspeaker, routed through a configuration of pipes, split at an angle greater than 90 degrees (same direction), and picked up by a microphone on the other end.


Freedom from Fear (2017)

Freedom from Fear (2017)
for oboe, two speaker arrays (6 around the audience and 4.2 on stage) and lights
Composed/electronics by Maija Hynninen
Performed by Kyle Bruckmann, oboe
‘sounDome’ homemade speakers manufactured by Maija Hynninen, designed by Roberto Ortiz-Soto and Maija Hynninen, programmed by Ilya Rostovtsev.
Audio production and installation by Jeremy Wagner and Maija Hynninen

Special thanks to Eric Paulos and CITRIS Invention Lab staff for all help and support with the 'sounDome'.


Martin Matalon

The UC Berkeley Department of Music, CNMAT and Cal Performances present Bloch Lecturer Martin Matalon.


Allain Gaussin

Monday, April 23, 3-5 p.m. Composer Allain Gaussin presents a lecture on time in his music: Les Spirales Vertigineuses du Temps (The Vertiginous Spirals of Time).