Recently on CNMAT


Seminar on assisted composition

CNMAT researcher and composer Daniele Ghisi, together with Andrea Agostini, Julien Vincenot, Davor Vincze will hold a summer seminar on the bach library at CCRMA (Stanford University). Given the circumstances, it's an online seminar, so it's accessible from everywhere. The dates are June 22th through 25th.

More information and the course syllabus can be found here:



We write to share in the grief and anger that has moved protesters around the country and the world to protest against the Black racism and violence that is pervasive in our society. Together, we mourn the life of George Floyd, and the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Tony Robinson, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, and so many others whose lives were wrongfully cut short. We demand justice. Black Lives Matter.


Missing CNMAT Main Room Events!

This photo is a cool memory of the outstanding concert that Jenny Q Chai  gave at CNMAT in 2019.

CNMAT, in lockdown now for almost two months, is missing our friends and gatherings.

We look forward to announcing new streaming concerts and events at CNMAT for Fall 2020. Stay tuned!!

In the photo, from left to right:

Music/CNMAT Professor Carmine E. Cella

CNMAT affiliated artist, Jenny Q Chai

Professor and Chair of the Department of Music, Cindy Cox

Professor and Director of CNMAT, Edmund Campion.


On Zoomology: Claudia Hart Accepts ESport Prize for Alice Unchained

CNMAT-affiliated artist Claudia Hart received an award from the Esports Digital Art Prizes for 2019.  Her acceptance of the award included the creative reuse of ZOOM's virtual background feature.  The acceptance video went viral and points to a playful emerging art practice in the time of crisis -- something Hart calls ON ZOOMOLOGY.


San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and CNMAT

As part of its upcoming 50th Anniversary Season, SFCMP will collaborate with CNMAT to feature SOUND ENCOUNTERS, a concert of sound art in an installation-style setting.  SFCMP percussionist Willian Winant will perform James Tenney's Koan: Having Never Written a Note for Percussion followed by performances and pieces from emerging sound artists and composers Maija Hynninen, Jon Kulpa, and Jon Yu.  SOUND ENCOUNTERS is scheduled to take place at the Root Division in San Francisco on Sunday, December 6, 2020, at 3 p.m.


Jonathan Kulpa

Jon Kulpa’s works explore sound mass, algorithmically generated sound texture, spatial sound, and interactivity.  His most recently completed project, QuBits, is a virtual reality (VR) sound-space.  A user navigates this environment while wearing a VR headset, encountering many virtual characters that each have a type of appearance and sonic identity.  Using hand controllers, a user is able to affect the audiovisual behavior of virtual charac


Daniele Ghisi

CNMAT welcomes Visiting Composer and Researcher Daniele Ghisi for 2020.  Together with Assistant Professor Carmine Cella, he will explore several advanced topics in computer-assisted orchestration and deep learning for music.



Ali Momeni

CNMAT welcomes Visiting Researcher, Scientist, and Artist, Ali Momeni for Spring 2020.

Ali Momeni works at the intersection of art, sound, design, and technology.  While at CNMAT, Ali will continue the development of ml.lib, a library of interactive machine learning tools for musicians and artists; and second, design and fabrication of several hybrid physical-digital instruments for drawing and music-making.