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SHAPE

Sound and Habitat Audio Prototyping Environment (SHAPE) is a programmable device which responds directly to environmental sound and is the third iteration of Jason Cress's ongoing audio feedback project. Audio transfer begins with two inputs; a piezo-electric contact mic and an electret air mic. These elements combine to sense both vibration in material of a given resonator and pressure waves in the air. Sound energy is then converted into a(n) analog and digital signal.

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CNMAT Multi-Purpose Array

In the Summer of 2018 CNMAT was awarded a grant to construct infrastructure for producing mobile, multi-channel concert events.  We set out to construct a surround audio system, designed with robust mobility in mind, that can be rapidly deployed in numerous performance contexts.  The result is the CNMAT Mobile Array, an expandable mobile infrastructure for sonic events.  The system is conceived to be deployed in under an hour by a small crew of one or two people.  Its speaker elements are weather protected to enable work outdoors and we have included a number of flexible rigging options to

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Alice Unchained

Alice Unchained is a virtual chamber for chamber music. It is the third work loosely inspired by Alice in Wonderland, created by media artist Claudia Hart and composer Edmund Campion, Director, at the Center for New Music and Audio Technology, UC Berkeley. Alice mashes 3D animation, motion-captured live performance, and music performed by live and virtual musicians whose sound is analyzed in real-time and remixed in the bodies of sculptural avatars. It feeds-back the virtual and the live, blending them together in a liminal, uncanny mix.

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Tana String Quartet

CNMAT welcomes the Tana String Quartet as an ensemble in residence for November, 2018. Public events include a concert at CNMAT on November 11th featuring new works by UC Berkeley graduate student composers and a concert at the Center for New Music in San Francisco on November 13th featuring works from the group's repertoire.

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Standing Wave Analog Feedback Device

As a continuation of previous audio feedback and instrumental prototyping projects, this analog audio feedback system generates a Helmholtz-like standing wave inside a resonant semi-sphere. The electronic configuration is based on a generic bullhorn circuit (with an electret mic and two 4ohm transducers) and is filtered through a passive RC low-pass filter. Few components are required and the circuitry can be easily embedded into a variety of hardware interface designs.

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John Bischoff w/ Jeffrey Lubow + Cullen Miller

CNMAT Presents an evening with John Bischoff, Jeffrey Lubow, and Cullen Miller.

Friday, May 18, 2018, 8:00pm
CNMAT
1750 Arch st., Berkeley, CA 94720

Tickets $10 general, $5 students + seniors

Program:

8pm:  Lubow + Miller in a duo with interactive, spatialized synthesis.
9pm:  Bischoff will perform a solo set featuring performance-reflexive electronics.

 

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Jean Bresson: Interactive visual programming systems for music composition

Jean Bresson (IRCAM) was in residence at CNMAT as a Fulbright visiting scholar from Feb. to Aug., 2016, carrying out a research fellowship entitled "Interactive visual programming systems for music composition". The objectives of this project, framed in the development of computer-aided composition software, were to explore multimedia interactions in compositional processes, and integrate CNMAT technology and approaches in the OpenMusic environment.

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Anthony Paul De Ritis: Electroacoustic Music, in memorium: David Wessel

Albany Records has released a new CD by composer Anthony Paul De Ritis: Electroacoustic Music, In memorium: David Wessel

Composer Anthony Paul De Ritis began studying with David Wessel at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies after returning from his studies at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau. Wessel exerted a tremendous influence on De Ritis, both as a teacher and as a person. This recording of De Ritis' music is a tribute to David Wessel.

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Martin Matalon

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

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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'.

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Open Cylinder Waveguide

This audio feedback system is a prototype designed to digitally manage or 'shape' resultant audio feedback tones as they resonate through various media. In this case, pressure waves are produced in the air by a loudspeaker, guided through a configuration of pipes, and sensed by a microphone on the other end. By completing the partially open waveguide loop, energy is allowed to flow seamlessly between the external sound environment and the digital environment.

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