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Sound Encounters III

For a third season, CNMAT will continue its partnership with SFCMP. On December 4th, 2022, in collaboration with the UC Berkeley department of music and SFCMP, CNMAT will help to present Sound Encounters III. The concert will feature works by CNMAT affiliated composers and artists, Eda Er, Kevin Lo, and Aine Nakamura.

Featuring: Richard Worn, double bass


Luke Dzwonczyk — La Nuit Sauve

Composition graduate student Luke Dzwonczyk created the music for artist Étienne Chambaud's video installation La Nuit sauve, which opened at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut in Lille, France in October 2022.


Luke Dzwonczyk at ISMIR 2022

Graduate composition student Luke Dzwonczyk’s piece The Oratory of Saint Philip Neri was presented at the 23rd International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR 2022) as part of the music program. The conference ran from December 4th to 8th in a hybrid format in Bengaluru, India.

The piece, which was written by various computer programs, explores computational creativity, the ability of computers to create music, and the way humans interpret art made by machines.


New Paper on Orchidea

Professor Carmine-Emanuele Cella has published a significant paper on Orchidea in the Journal of New Music Research.


Cella Honored with IRCAM commission and world premiere

CNMAT’s lead researcher, Carmine-Emanuele Cella's new composition, I am in blood, wil be given a world premiered at IRCAM’s Espace de projection on February 16, 2023.

I am in blood, commissioned by IRCAM, marks a culmination of Calla’s research in and exploration of assisted orchestration which integrates artificial intelligence, spatialization and the augmentation of instruments.



CNMAT welcomes Annette Vande Gorne: Haïkus

Artistic Director of the Brussels International Acousmatic Festival L'Espace du Son, Annette Vande Gorne, professor emeritus at the Royal Conservatories of Brussels and Mons, will present a multi-channel acousmatic concert of her electro-acoustic work Complete Haikus (New Year's Day, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) 2016-2020 (57').  The one-hour composition will be diffused in the CNMAT main room in a special multi-channel mix performed live by Annette Vande Gorne.


Hinge Ensemble Residency

The Hinge ensemble will be in residence at CNMAT this spring to work with CNMAT affiliated composers: Eda Er, George Papajohn, Sarah Grace Graves and Kevin Lo. The residency will culminate in a concert at CNMAT on March 25th.


Linda Bouchard's Ocular Scores

On March 3, 2023 at 10am CNMAT will host an open lecture/presentation where Linda Bouchard will introduce her custom tool OCULAR SCORES for the creation of graphical notation from the analysis of complex sounds. She has been developing this tool since 2018 as a resident researcher at matralab, Concordia University in Montreal with Joseph Browne, the designer. She will present her work on ocular scores with the participation of Carmine Cella, Jeffrey Lubow and Ellen Ruth Rose.



Created by CNMAT affiliate artist Claudia Hart with UC Berkeley graduate composer and programmer, Andrew Blanton. Culling from art historical references, they devised a protocol thoroughly described in their statement, using the DALL-E AI system among other things.


Kaija Saariaho (1952-2023) Remembrance CNMAT 2015

Composer, Kaija Saariaho died on June 2, 2023. In the Fall of 2015, Ms. Saariaho was the Bloch Lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of California, Berkeley. Her husband Jean-Baptiste Barrière was the holder of the CNMAT David Wessel Residency in Music and Science. Edmund Campion conducted lengthy interviews with Kaija and Jean-Baptiste throughout their stay. Her presence at CNMAT was one of the highlights of the last decade.


Visiting Scholar J.J. Burred

J.J. Burred is in residence this fall as a visiting scholar. He will be working closely with Carmine Emanuale Cella on machine learning methods for synthesis and orchestration and, in particular, about creative applications of sound source separation methods.