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Ken Ueno

Ken Ueno, is a composer, vocalist, improviser, and sound artist.  His music celebrates artistic possibilities which are liberated through a Whitmanesque consideration of the embodied practice of unique musical personalities.

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David Milnes

David Milnes presently serves as music director of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, conductor of the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players, and Director of the ECO Ensemble (Ensemble in Residence at CNMAT and the Department of Music). 

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Cindy Cox

Transparent yet richly multifaceted, Cindy Cox’s compositions synthesize old and new musical designs.  The natural world inspires many of the special harmonies and textural colorations in her compositions, as in her piano trio la mar amarga, the octet Cañon, and the string quartet Patagón.  As Robert Carl notes in Fanfare, “Cox writes music that demonstrates an extremely refined and imaginative sens

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Myra Melford

The pianist, composer, bandleader and professor Myra Melford—whom the New Yorker called “a stalwart of the new-jazz movement”—has spent the last three decades making brilliant original music that is equally challenging and engaging.

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Carmine-Emanuele Cella

Carmine-Emanuele Cella is an internationally acclaimed composer with advanced studies in mathematics. For many years he has worked on the poetical relationships between the structured world of mathematics and the chaotic world of artistic expression, using music as a medium. His music is not based on melodies, chords or rhythms but is more about writing the sound itself.

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Edmund Campion

Edmund Campion is Professor of Music Composition and Director at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt is a composer, poet, and creative technologist based in San Francisco. After graduating UC Berkeley with a PhD in Music Composition with a Designated Emphasis in New Media in 2008, Jeremy embarked on a career in education administration, teaching, and pedagogy in the private education sector. 

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Imran Sekalala

Imran Sekalala is an undergraduate researcher at CNMAT. He is currently studying Data Science with an emphasis in Data Arts and Humanities. He is also minoring in Environmental Design. At CNMAT, Imran is working with Professor Edmund Campion on an upcoming release of the CNMAT Depot 2.0 software package with a focus on CNMAT Spectral Tools.

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Carmine-Emanuele Cella

Carmine-Emanuele Cella is an internationally acclaimed composer with advanced studies in mathematics. For many years he has worked on the poetical relationships between the structured world of mathematics and the chaotic world of artistic expression, using music as a medium. His music is not based on melodies, chords or rhythms but is more about writing the sound itself.

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Jeremy Wagner

Jeremy Wagner is a composer, performer and sound designer based in the Bay Area.  Since 2016 he has served as Research Composer and technical coordinator for CNMAT's research & production infrastructure, providing sound & video engineering support for CNMAT concerts & events while mentoring graduate composers in a wide range of production technologies.

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Edmund Campion

Edmund Campion is Professor of Music Composition and Director at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Affiliated researchers, composers, and artists

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John-Carlos Perea

John-Carlos Perea (Mescalero Apache, Irish, Chicano, German) is an electric bassist, cedar flutist, powwow singer, composer, and ethnomusicologist. He will serve as Visiting Researcher, Composer, and Performer at CNMAT (AY 22-23) to develop a musician-specific augmented performance with voice, cedar flute, drum, and emerging technologies.

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Marlon Schumacher

Marlon Schumacher is full professor for Music Informatics at the Institute for Music Informatics and Musicology (IMWI) of the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany. He studied musicology and philosophy at the Eberhard-Karls-University in Tübingen, holds masters degrees (pedagogical and artistic) in music theory, digital media and composition from the HFMDK Stuttgart, and a PhD in Music Technology from McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

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Claudia Hart

Claudia Hart emerged as part of that generation of 90s intermedia artists in the “identity art” niche, but now updated through the scrim of technology. Her work is about issues of the body, perception, nature collapsing into technology and then back again. Everything is fluid in it including gender.

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Kyle Bruckmann

Oakland, CA-based oboist Kyle Bruckmann tramples genre boundaries in widely ranging work as a composer/performer, educator and New Music specialist.

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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

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Jeffrey Lubow

Jeffrey M. Lubow is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher concerned with the space between body and technology. His influences are spread amongst a number of mentors and colleagues the likes of David Wessel, Adrian Freed, Leslie Stuck, John Bischoff, Pauline Oliveros, and Patrick Clancy.

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Matthew Schumaker

Matthew Schumaker is a native of San Francisco, where he is based. He earned a doctorate in Music Composition from UC Berkeley in August 2015 where he studied with Professors Edmund Campion, Cindy Cox, Franck Bedrossian, Ken Ueno and David Wessel. His piece, As I ride the late night freeways, for soprano and orchestra, was premiered by soloist Ann Moss and the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra in October, 2015.

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Adrian Freed

Adrian Freed was Research Director of UC Berkeley's Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) until his retirement in 2016. 

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Rama Gottfried

Composer and sound artist Rama Gottfried (b. 1977) is recent PhD graduate from the University of California, Berkeley where he studied with Franck Bedrossian, Edmund Campion, Adrian Freed and David Wessel. Previously, he completed composition studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin, the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the University of Vermont.

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David Coll

David Coll (b.1980) is a composer of concert music, installation art, and interdisciplinary projects that engage physical presence with technology to create dramatic and introspective works, often to playful effect.

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John MacCallum

John MacCallum is a composer and researcher currently based in France.  From 2008–2011 he held a position as Musical Systems Designer at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT).

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Amadeus Regucera

The work of Amadeus Julian Regucera (b.1984) engages with the embodied and acoustical energy of sound and the erotics of its production.

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Shane Cumming

Shane Cumming is a fourth-year Music major at UC Berkeley from Park City, Utah. Shane has been focused on many different aspects of music for his entire life; lately, his interest has been in sound engineering, specifically studio work and live audio. Shane conducted an Independent Study in the Rear Studio during his junior year and is now working with Dr. Wagner on an Independent Project in the Rear Studio. 

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Danniel Ribeiro

Danniel Ribeiro is a Brazilian composer from Bahia. Recently, Danniel’s practice has explored instrumental music, developing ways to expand the use of instruments by way of bespoke techniques, preparations, practical sculptural (and found) objects, amplification, and transduced electronics. 

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George Papajohn

George Papajohn (b. 1998 Milwaukee) is a composer and instrumentalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His recent work engages with latent tensions of identity held within the material, historical, and phenomenological aspects of sound. 

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Eda Er

Eda Er, a native of Istanbul is a composer, sound artist and singer currently based in Berkeley, California. She primarily explores the potential of physicality and narrativity in her music. She enjoys collaborating with dancers, actors, and visual artists and improvising with electronics and vocals.

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Aditi Raja

Aditi Raja is an undergraduate researcher at CNMAT. She is currently a student at UC Berkeley studying Computer Science and Music.

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Alfred Jimenez

Alfred was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, with a Ukrainian mother and a Cuban father. After accomplishing his bachelor's exam in composition, Alfred continued with master studies in Malmö Academy of Music with Prof. Luca Francesconi. Alfred received his master's degree in spring 2015 after graduating with his second chamber opera "Clownen Jac".

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Nathan Corder

Nathan Corder is an Oakland-based composer of works for electronics, objects, and arrays of people.

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Peter S. Shin

Peter S. Shin 신세종 (b. 1991) is a composer whose music navigates issues of national belonging, the co-opting and intermingling of disparate musical vernaculars, and the liminality between the two halves of his second-generation Korean-U.S. American identity. The New York Times described him as “a composer to watch” and his music “entirely fresh and personal” following his premiere at Carnegie Hall.

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Hallie Smith

Hallie Smith is a musician based in Berkeley, California. Her research is oriented towards building soft circuits/sensors, coding, installations, and emotional music. Previous and upcoming collaborations for Hallie include: the Eco Ensemble, the SMASH ensemble, saxophonist Drew Whiting, writer/producer Felix M., The Boston Conservatory Contemporary Performance Ensemble, bartender Mel Johnson.

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Luke Dzwonczyk

Luke Dzwonczyk is an M.A./Ph.D. student in music at UC Berkeley, and has been an active member of CNMAT since his time as an undergraduate. His current research interests include computational creativity, audio generation with neural networks, and sound visualization. He created interactive instruments for the Berkeley Dance Project 2022, and has published papers on computer-assisted orchestration.

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Curtis Rumrill

The music of Curtis Rumrill explores the intersection of literary form and modern chamber music. His works with writer, naturalist and visual artist Zachary Webber tell darkly comic stories of animals in desperate or violent predicaments.

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Ursula Kwong-Brown

Ursula Kwong-Brown is a composer, sound designer and arts technologist based in Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in Music Composition & New Media from the University of California, Berkeley (2018) and her B.A. in Music & Biology from Columbia University (2010).

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Alessandro Frullani

Alessandro is an Audio Engineer Researcher who graduated in Mechanical Engineering (BSc and MSc) at Politecnico of Turin, Italy. During his Master's, he specialized in Vibration Mechanics, Acoustics, and Psychoacoustics with a Thesis project on Binaural Recording. Alessandro works at CNMAT with Professor Carmine Emanuele Cella on a project focused on modeling an augmented instrument.

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Han Zhang

Han Zhang is a researcher in music technology and a composer. She received her MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, IL in 2020, and she is now working with Prof. Carmine E. Cella on music-technology-related projects and other creative works.

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Rafal Zapala

Composer, sound artist, improviser /piano, drums, electronics/
post-doctorate degree (habilitation)  /composition/
associate professor at Academy of Music in Poznan

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Antonio Juan-Marcos

The music of award-winning composer Antonio Juan-Marcos has been described as “seductive and sensitive” (ResMusica), music that “introduces rich acoustic universes” (Diapason), filled with “beautiful, mysterious, and delicate atmospheres” (Musikzen).

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Kayla Cashetta

Kayla Cashetta is a composer whose work incorporates analog, digital, and acoustic instruments and practices.

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Julie Herndon

Julie Herndon is an Oakland-based composer and performer. Her work explores the body’s relationship to the self, to performance, and to tools like musical instruments and personal technologies. Recent projects include compositions for JACK Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, and Ensemble Proton Bern, and performances at MATA Festival in New York, Artistry Space in Singapore, Musée des Beaux-Arts in France.

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Trevor Van de Velde

Trevor Van de Velde (b. 1998) is a composer interested in the relationship between the body and noise. Often utilizing found objects and electronics, Trevor's works aim to form an interface between performer, space, and source of sound.

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Didem Coskunseven

Didem Coskunseven is a composer, sound artist and electronic musician based in Berkeley, CA. Coskunseven’s works vary between acoustic compositions for ensembles, electronic music, installations for gallery spaces and productions for stage focusing on creating multi-sensorial experience. She performs as a computer musician and improvisor collaborating with dancers, choreographers and video designers. 

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Sarah Grace Graves

Composer-vocalist Sarah Grace Graves seeks to recreate the direct connection between sensation and sound she enjoys as a performer in her notated music.

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Clara Olivares

Clara Olivares (b. 1993) is a Franco-Spanish composer. After studying the piano at the Conservatory of Strasbourg, she entered the composition curriculum with Mark André in 2011, then continued studying with Philippe Manoury, Daniel D’Adamo, Thierry Blondeau and Annette Schlüntz. She also received advice from Chaya Czernowin, Philippe Schoeller and Alberto Posadas.

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Ursula Kwong-Brown

Ursula Kwong-Brown is a composer, sound designer and arts technologist based in Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in Music Composition & New Media from the University of California, Berkeley (2018) and her B.A. in Music & Biology from Columbia University (2010).

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Shane Cumming

Shane Cumming is a fourth-year Music major at UC Berkeley from Park City, Utah. Shane has been focused on many different aspects of music for his entire life; lately, his interest has been in sound engineering, specifically studio work and live audio. Shane conducted an Independent Study in the Rear Studio during his junior year and is now working with Dr. Wagner on an Independent Project in the Rear Studio. 

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John-Carlos Perea

John-Carlos Perea (Mescalero Apache, Irish, Chicano, German) is an electric bassist, cedar flutist, powwow singer, composer, and ethnomusicologist. He will serve as Visiting Researcher, Composer, and Performer at CNMAT (AY 22-23) to develop a musician-specific augmented performance with voice, cedar flute, drum, and emerging technologies.

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Marlon Schumacher

Marlon Schumacher is full professor for Music Informatics at the Institute for Music Informatics and Musicology (IMWI) of the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany. He studied musicology and philosophy at the Eberhard-Karls-University in Tübingen, holds masters degrees (pedagogical and artistic) in music theory, digital media and composition from the HFMDK Stuttgart, and a PhD in Music Technology from McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

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Alessandro Frullani

Alessandro is an Audio Engineer Researcher who graduated in Mechanical Engineering (BSc and MSc) at Politecnico of Turin, Italy. During his Master's, he specialized in Vibration Mechanics, Acoustics, and Psychoacoustics with a Thesis project on Binaural Recording. Alessandro works at CNMAT with Professor Carmine Emanuele Cella on a project focused on modeling an augmented instrument.

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Danniel Ribeiro

Danniel Ribeiro is a Brazilian composer from Bahia. Recently, Danniel’s practice has explored instrumental music, developing ways to expand the use of instruments by way of bespoke techniques, preparations, practical sculptural (and found) objects, amplification, and transduced electronics. 

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Han Zhang

Han Zhang is a researcher in music technology and a composer. She received her MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, IL in 2020, and she is now working with Prof. Carmine E. Cella on music-technology-related projects and other creative works.

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George Papajohn

George Papajohn (b. 1998 Milwaukee) is a composer and instrumentalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His recent work engages with latent tensions of identity held within the material, historical, and phenomenological aspects of sound. 

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Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt is a composer, poet, and creative technologist based in San Francisco. After graduating UC Berkeley with a PhD in Music Composition with a Designated Emphasis in New Media in 2008, Jeremy embarked on a career in education administration, teaching, and pedagogy in the private education sector. 

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Jeremy Lee

Jeremy Lee is a pianist, researcher, and a recent Computer Science graduate from UC Berkeley.  At CNMAT, Jeremy primarily works with Professor Carmine Cella on developing software for music, particularly in the space of human-performed music.  Jeremy’s most recent project at CNMAT was in developing a web application that gives real-time dynamics feedback to a musical performer.  The project was an investigation of potential metrics an

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Eda Er

Eda Er, a native of Istanbul is a composer, sound artist and singer currently based in Berkeley, California. She primarily explores the potential of physicality and narrativity in her music. She enjoys collaborating with dancers, actors, and visual artists and improvising with electronics and vocals.