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Alone in a Crowded Room

Alone in a Crowded Room
a situation for solo alto flute and live electronics

Michael Ferriell Zbyszynski

My musical interests in Alone in a Crowded Room are twofold. Electronically, I am exploring macroscopic and microscopic processes in the time domain. At the same time, I am engaged with the physical reality of the alto flute and by extension, the flautist.

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Visitor Information

1750 Arch Street

Berkeley, CA 94709

(510) 643 9990 Voice

(510) 642 7918 Fax

We are located just north of the UC Berkeley main campus on Arch Street,
one block above Hearst.

Although we welcome visits, round the clock activity in our studios,
laboratories and performance space precludes unscheduled surprises. Please
contact our administrator to set up appointments.

The campus maintains
transit information for the area
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Community Calendar

Events view

- public events
- internal events, e.g. meetings, special sessions for students (not including reservations)
- deadlines for submission, etc

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1997 Interview with Richard Felciano by Eric Tomb

"The most consistent influence," Richard Felciano has written about his life, "is that of my childhood in a small northern California community with substantial Japanese and Portuguese populations. From these groups I learned a sense of ritual, of structure, of awe, and of music as a social function....The reality of the world to me is East and West, stasis and dynamism, meditation and dialectic. It is also what California is - the edge where the two meet."

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List of Works

Works addressing acoustical or electro-acoustical issues by Richard Felciano

Orchestral Music:
Camp Songs for chamber orchestra
Concerto for Organ and Orchestra
Galactic Rounds for orchestra
Mutations for Orchestra
Overture Concertante for clarinet and orchestra
Symphony for string orchestra

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Biography of Richard Felciano

My work in electronic music began in the early sixties, as a part of
the San Francisco Tape Music Center with Morton Subotnick, Ramon Sender
and Pauline Oliveros. Possibly the most formative experience came in 1967-8
as the composer-member of a resident five-artist group at the National Center
for Experiments in Television, established by the Rockefeller Foundation

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Gear Borrowing

All equipment that leaves the house needs to be reserved on the CNMAT reservation calendar. To do that, go to:

and login as:

user: cnmatreservation
password: reserve

Also, an exact list of all equipment leaving the house needs to be emailed to Even if I am there and help you pick out the gear, I need *you* to make this list. Also included in this list is an estimate of when you plan to return the gear.

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Parallel Programming Patterns in Music and Audio

Dense Linear Algebra:

- Filter-banks (e.g. compressor / expander); in hearing aids, EQ.
- Basic linear operations for massively-multi-channel arrays (many-channel arrays)
- Dimensionality reduction for control paradigms (e.g. PCA)
- Sensor integration

Sparse Linear Algebra:

- Spectral pruning
- Pitch extraction
- Concatenative synthesis?

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DAW on a Many-core System

I. Introduction

Software running on PCs has largely replaced the electronic and
electro-mechanical equipment previously used in audio and video

For example, Apple's Final Cut Pro is a software video editor that has
largely replaced hardware video editors for movie trailer and
television news production. In audio recording studios, analog tape

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Parallel Computation Applications Summary

MIR: parametric encodings of large audio databases for search, beat matched hybridisation, query by humming etc. Move from per song analysis to note and phrase level.
Audio and video render farms to individually watermark large media databases.

Sound Reproduction
Increased channel count in typical musical performances from 4-8 to 100's of speakers.

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Kickoff Retreat Notes


- Multicore to manycore
- Parallel Patterns, aka 13 Dwarfs
- Compelling applications for handhelds and Laptops



- Dataflow: pipe / filter
- Semantics of parallel engineering / architecture
- Verification by approximate equality to a serial version


- Verification by exhaustive testing / proof
- Combinatorial explosion

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People involved at CNMAT are from a wide range of disciplines and are drawn together by their common interest in exploring the world of music. The principals are specialists in musical composition, musical psychoacoustics and computer science.

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Facilities and Resources

CNMAT is located in historic Genevieve McEnerney Hall (once the headquarters
of 1750 Arch Records and the Arch Ensemble), on the hilly north edge of the
UC Berkeley Campus. The CNMAT facility includes research labs, seminar rooms, performance
spaces, offices, and digital audio recording, analysis and synthesis facilities.

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New Music Publications

Selected publications from CNMAT with a focus on new music composition, performance and perception:



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CNMAT's educational programs and online educational materials

CNMAT's educational programs includes a wide range of opportunities for UC Berkeley students and outside scholars, artists, and music lovers. CNMAT technologies support an expanding selection of courses offered through the Department of Music at UC Berkeley. Check under courses to see a full list of the undergraduate-level introductory course as well as the graduate-level seminars.