MAY 8-9, 2014
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS
LOS ANGELES
MAY 8-9, 2014
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS
LOS ANGELES

Symposium for Computer Science in Arts Education (SCSAE)

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Casey Reas

Professor @ UCLA's Department of Design Media Arts

Casey lives and works in Los Angeles where he is a Professor at UCLA's Department of Design Media Arts. His software, prints, and installations have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Casey co-founded Processing with Ben Fry in 2001 while studying at MIT's Media Lab.

 

Ge Wang

Assistant Professor @ Stanford University, CCRMA

Ge Wang is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), and researches programming languages and interactive software systems for computer music, mobile and social music, laptop orchestras, and education at the intersection of computer science and music. Ge is the author of the ChucK audio programming language, the founding director of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) and of the Stanford Mobile Phone Orchestra (MoPhO). Ge is also the Co-founder of Smule (reaching over 100 million users), and the designer of the iPhone's Ocarina and Magic Piano.
 

INVITED SPEAKERS

Trimpin

Kinetic Sculptor, Sound Artist, Musician

Trimpin, a sound sculptor, composer, inventor, is one of the most stimulating one-man forces in music today. A specialist in interfacing computers with traditional acoustic instruments, he has developed a myriad of methods for playing, trombones, cymbals, pianos, and so forth with Macintosh computers. He has collaborated frequently with Conlon Nancarrow, realizing the composer's piano roll compositions through various media. At the 1989 Composer-to-Composer conference in Telluride, Colorado, Trimpin created a Macintosh-controlled device that allowed one of Nancarrow's short studies for player piano to be performed by mallets striking 100 Dutch wooden shoes arranged in a horseshoe from the edge of the balcony at the Sheridan Opera House. He also prepared a performance of Nancarrow's studies at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for New Music America in 1989.

Perry Cook

Emeritus Professor @ Princeton

Perry R. Cook is Emeritus Professor of Computer Science (also Music) at Princeton University, a founding advisor/consultant to iPhone/iPad Music App company SMule, the founder/director of Humbug Sonic Arts, and a consulting/advising professor at Stanford CCRMA, the University of Arizona, and the California Institute for the Arts. With Dan Trueman, he co-founded the Princeton Laptop Orchestra, which received a MacArthur Digital Learning Initiative Grant in 2005. With Ge Wang, Cook is co-author of the ChucK Programming Language. His newest book is “Programming for Digital Musicians and Artists: An Introduction to ChucK,” with Ajay Kapur, Spencer Salazar, and Ge Wang. The recipient of a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship, Cook is (still) working on a new book, “La Bella Voce e La Macchina (the Beautiful Voice and the Machine), A History of Technology and the Expressive Voice.”

Matthew Wright

Researcher, Lecturer, Research Director, Principal Development Engineer @ UCSB

Dr. Matthew Wright is a researcher, teacher, and research director at UCSB's Media Arts Technology (MAT) program and Music department. At the AlloSphere, a 3-story multiuser full-surround immersive audiovisual instrument, he interfaces with science content partners, oversees the development of software to enable rapid development of immersive 3D audiovisual worlds, manages system integration, and oversees user input mapping, interaction design, and audio. In 2011 he reinvented the MAT core course 201B "Computing With Media Data" to a hands-on project course building interactive audiovisual artworks in C++ using our AlloSystem libraries. As a musician, he plays a variety of traditional plucked lutes, Afro-Brazilian percussion, and computer-based instruments of his own design, including directing an experimental interactive technology performance ensemble and a Brazilian ensemble.  He did research at U.C. Berkeley's CNMAT from 1993-2008, completed his dissertation at Stanford's CCRMA regarding computer modeling of the perception of musical rhythm, and spent a year as a visiting research fellow at UVic on the theme of "Computational Ethnomusicology."

 

Rebecca Fiebrink

Lecturer @ Goldsmiths, University of London

Rebecca Fiebrink is a Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is a researcher in computer science, human-computer interaction, and digital arts, as well as a musician. She creates new technologies for digital music and art, and she designs new ways for humans to interact with computers in creative practice. Her position at Goldsmiths also involves teaching creative computing and music computing students about human perception, signal processing, interaction design, and machine learning. Rebecca is the developer of the Wekinator system for interactive machine learning. She has worked with companies including Microsoft Research, Smule, and Imagine Research. She has performed regularly with a variety of musical ensembles, including as a laptopist in Sideband, the principal flutist in the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and the keyboardist in the University of Washington computer science rock band "The Parody Bits." Prior to arriving at Goldsmiths, she held a faculty position at Princeton University.

 

Spencer Salazar

Doctoral Student @ Stanford CCRMA

Spencer Salazar is a doctoral student at Stanford CCRMA, researching computer-based forms of music performance and experience. In his past he has created new software and hardware interfaces for the ChucK audio programming language, developed prototype consumer electronics for top technology companies, architected large-scale social music interactions for Smule, an iPhone application developer, and composed for laptop and mobile phone ensembles.

Tae Hong Park

Associate Professor of Music Technology and Composition @ NYU

Tae Hong Park is a composer, music technologist, and bassist. His work focuses on composition of electro-acoustic and acoustic music, machine learning and computer-aided music analysis, research in multi-dimensional aspects of timbre, and audio digital signal processing. Dr. Park has presented his music at national and international conferences and festivals including Bourges, ICMC, MATA, SCIMF, and SEAMUS. Among the ensembles and performers that have played his work are the Brentano String Quartet, California E.A.R. Unit, Edward Carroll, Ensemble Surplus, Zoe Martlew, Nash Ensemble of London, and the Tarab Cello Ensemble. Professor Park is author of Introduction to Digital Signal Processing: Computer Musically Speaking (World Scientific, 2010). He is the Chief Editor of Journal SEAMUS, serves as Editiorial Consultant for Computer Music Journal, and is President of the International Computer Music Association (ICMA). He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Curtis Bahn

Associate Professor, Music Composition/Interactive Performance @ RPI

Curtis Bahn is an improvising composer involved in relationships of body, gesture, technology and sound. He holds a PhD in music composition from Princeton University, and studies Hindustani classical music as a formal disciple of acclaimed sitarist, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan. He has taught at Columbia University, Brown, NYU, Princeton and CUNY. His music has been presented internationally at venues including Lincoln Center, Sadler's Wells - London, Palais Garnier Paris, Grand Theatre de la Ville Luxembourg, as well as numerous festivals, small clubs and academic conferences. He has worked with the Trisha Brown and Merce Cunningham Dance Companies. Curtis recently was named the Ralph Samuelson fellow through the Asian Cultural Council, receiving a grant to study and collaborate with artists in India. Curtis is Assoc. Prof. and Graduate Program Director for the Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy New York.

Lauren McCarthy

Artist, Designer & Programmer @ RISD + NYU

Lauren McCarthy is an artist and programmer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is adjunct faculty at NYU ITP and RISD, and recently a resident at Eyebeam. She is currently working on the creation of p5.js, a JS library for creating graphic and interactive experiences, based on the core principles of Processing. Lauren has worked on installations for the London Eye, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, IBM, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello. Her work explores the structures and systems of social interactions, identity, and self-representation, and the potential for technology to mediate, manipulate, and evolve these interactions. It has been shown in a variety of contexts, including the Conflux Festival, SIGGRAPH, LACMA, the Japan Media Arts Festival, the Share Festival, the File Festival, Eyebeam, the WIRED Store, and probably to you without your knowing it at some point while interacting with her.

Shawn Greenlee

Composer & Sound Artist @ RISD

Shawn Greenlee is a composer and sound artist, whose recent compositions, performances, and installations focus on the interpretation of visual image as sound via computational methods. Greenlee is Assistant Professor of Foundation Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD); and earned his PhD in Computer Music and New Media at Brown University (2008). Over the past 17 years, Greenlee has performed extensively across the United States and Europe, appearing on several conferences, festivals, and tours. These include Re-new (2013, Copenhagen), NIME (2013, Daejeon), ICMC (2011, Huddersfield and 2005, Barcelona), IN TRANSIT (2008, Berlin), and Elevate (2007, Graz), among others. Greenlee's discography spans over fifty releases to date, complemented by an active practice as an exhibiting artist and sound designer.

Chris Chafe

Director of CCRMA @ Stanford University

Chafe is a composer, improvisor, cellist and music researcher with an interest in computer music composition and interactive performance. He has been a long-term denizen of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics where he directs the center and teaches computer music courses. Three year-long research periods were spent at IRCAM, Paris, and The Banff Center, composing and developing methods for computer sound synthesis. He is continuing the SoundWIRE experiments for musical collaboration over the Internet. An active performer, he has performed in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Discs of his works are available from Centaur Records. In the past year he has performed with Roberto Morales, Simon Rose, Pauline Oliveros, Roscoe Mitchell, Mark Dresser, and Dave Douglas, among others. A sound installation, The End of Winter, was recently featured at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. His doctorate in music composition was completed at Stanford in 1983.

Dan Trueman

Professor of Music @ Princeton

Dan Trueman is an American composer, fiddler, and electronic musician. Dan has performed his Trollstilt and QQQ, the American Composers Orchestra, So Percussion, the Brentano and Daedelus string quartets, the Crash Ensemble, many wonderful fiddlers, and others, and has performed across America, Ireland, and Norway. But his explorations of musical instruments have extended beyond the fiddle into new technologies; Dan is the co-founder and Director of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra, the first ensemble of its size and kind. Dan’s compositional work reflects this complex and broad range of activities, exploring rhythmic connections between traditional dance music and machines, or engaging with the unusual phrasing, tuning and ornamentation of the traditional Norwegian music while trying to discover new music that is singularly inspired by, and only possible with, new digital instruments that he designs and constructs. Dan's work has been recognized by grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations, among others, and he teaches counterpoint, electronic music and is Director of the Princeton Sound Kitchen at Princeton University.

Daniel O'Sullivan

Chair of Interactive Telecommunications @ NYU

Dan O’Sullivan is the Tokyo Broadcasting Chair at NYU’s ITP in the Tisch School of the Arts. Dan teaches classes about interfaces for your unconscious as well as fundamentals of computer programming. He coined the term physical computing and built the original curriculum. Together with co-author Tom Igoe, he wrote the Physical Computing Book. During his tenure at ITP, he has also been an Eyebeam Artist in Residence, an Interval Research Fellow, and a research scientist for Intel, Microsoft and Verizon. Dan ran a new media consulting company, for seven years before joining ITP full time. At Apple Computer he worked at the Human Interface Group and was the original developer of QuickTimeVR. As a student and research scientist at NYU, he developed Dan’s Apartment, YORB, Marianne Rubberhead, and several other zany interactive television shows which are still remembered fondly by late night viewers of Manhattan Cable Television.

Mick Grierson

Director of Creative Computing @ Goldsmiths College

Mick Grierson is a research-led artist, performer, academic and consultant, known for his expertise in audiovisual interaction technologies. Grierson's involvement is central in some of the most highly praised creative technology installations since 2010 including Christian Marclay's internationally acclaimed “The Clock”, Heart n Soul's “Dean Rodney Singers” (Part of the London Paralympics Unlimited Festival in 2012), and London Science Museum's “From Oramics to Electronica”. He actively develops software for making audiovisual media art and creative coding libraries that have been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times by VJs, DJs, and developers. His Maximilian audio library is used by a number of high profile artists and professionals software houses, including games companies commissioned by SONY entertainment. Mick is currently Senior Lecturer and Director of Creative Computing at Goldsmiths Digital Studios, Goldsmiths College, and also Director of the Daphne Oram Collection.

Douglas Repetto

Assistant Professor @ Columbia University

Douglas Irving Repetto is an artist and teacher. His work, including sculpture, installation, performance, recordings, and software is presented internationally. He is the founder of a number of art/community-oriented groups including dorkbot: people doing strange things with electricity, ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show, organism: making art with living systems, and the music-dsp mailing list and website. Douglas is an assistant professor at Columbia University, where he is the director of the Sound Arts MFA program in the School of the Arts and Computer Music Center. He lives in New York City with his wife, writer Amy Benson, and their young son; two cute/bad cats, Pokey and Sneezy; and many plants.