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22.Nov.2016 – Guillermo Pozzati on Infinite Suite

WHEN: Tuesday, November 22nd, 6PM ////  WHERE: NYU Music Dept. Rm 365 (24/32 Waverly Place, NY 10003) /// This event is free and open to the public.


Dr. Pozzati will present on a series of works for disklavier called infinite suite, that explore the computers


Guillermo Pozzati (Buenos Aires 1958) is a composer, researcher and teacher. For almost a decade (1989-1998) he taught at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). Currently he is Professor of  Composition at the Universidad Nacional de las Artes (UNA). As an Associate Researcher at the Laboratorio de Investigación y Producción Musical (LIPM) Pozzati created a software, called “GEN: A Lisp Music Environment “, for musical pozzaticomposition. The work was awarded in the 4th International Musical Software Competition, organized by the “Institut International de Musique de Bourges” (1999). This award earned him an article about the work in the “Computer Music Journal” (MIT Press). Other distinctions are the first prize obtained at the 13th Annual Gold Coast Composers Competition in Queensland, Australia, organized by the Music Teachers Association of Queensland (2001). He also won the Municipal Prize for Composition of the biennium 1996/97, category Chamber Music, granted by the Secretary of Culture of the Municipality of Buenos Aires. He received a scholarship from the Rockefeller Foundation in 1992 as a resident composer at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) and the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts at the University of California, San Diego (USA), California, USA. Pozzati was one of the composers selected by the Arditti quartet of Great Britain for the workshop that the group performed in Buenos Aires in 2000. He twice won scholarships from the National Fund for the Arts in 1992 and 2000 in Musical Creation and Research, respectively. We also mentioned that he was awarded a Diploma of Honor by the Municipality of Gral Madariaga in the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Municipal Choir (1968-1998), of which Pozzati was Conductor between 1984 and 1986 and with the Medal of the Argentine Council of Music (CAMU-Unesco). His work on algorithmic composition was presented at the ICMC 2009, in Montreal, Canada. In the same year he was Finalist in the Musica Nova Competition, in the Czech Republic. In 2010 one of his pieces was selected for the International Mix of the 60×60 competition.


22.Nov.2016 – Lecture by Oscar Pablo Di Liscia

WHEN: Tuesday, November 22nd, 10:30AM ////  WHERE: NYU Music Dept. Rm 220 (24/32 Waverly Place, NY 10003) /// This event is free and open to the public.


Dr. Di Liscia will present and discuss compositional and technical features of two of his recent works:

Vocalisense, for Surround Electronics (2015)

El aire y la reja (2014), for Bass Clarinet and Surround Electronics.


Composer and Researcher born in 1955 at Santa Rosa (La Pampa, Argentina). Doctor in Humanities and Arts at Universidad Nacional de Rosario. Was dilisciaDirector of the Program in Electronic Composition of Universidad Nacional de Quilmes (Argentina). At present is Professor of Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and of Universidad Nacional del Arte(Buenos Aires, Argentina). His compositions were awarded by national and international societies and performed at Cuba, USA, France, Spain, Chile, Holland, etc. He has published papers on aesthetics and techniques of new music and technologies, as well as developed software for Digital Signal Processing, Musical Analysis and Composition. His main areas of research are: Digital Signal Processing (especially Sound Spatialisation and Spectral Analysis of Digital Sound), Electronic Composition and Computer Music. He is at present Director of the Research Program “Temporal Systems and Spatial Synthesis in Sonic Art”

A few links:

“Música y Ciencia” Editorial Collection WEB Page

Pablo Di Liscia’s Pd Page

21.Nov.2016 – Lecture by Onyx Ashanti on SonoCybernetics

WHEN: Monday, November 21st, 11:00AM ////  WHERE: NYU Music Dept. Rm 220 (24/32 Waverly Place, NY 10003) /// This event is free and open to the public.

Onyx Ashanti’s lecture is supported by New Blankets.


Sonocybernetics is an evolving form of neuromodulation transduced using complex sound patterns/music created by a body worn, 3d printed prosthetic system called Sonocyb1. the purpose of this system is to evolve it, while also integrating with it, thereby evolving oneself using the most potent neuromodulatory modality known-sound. specifically, binaural sound, which, as mentioned, is self iterated. the music is personal and evolves as the patternist creating it evolves, while the programming and design are also evolveable using puredata, arduino and open source reprap 3d printers. sonocybernetics is a personal guided mutation engine, that uses sound/music as the transduction layer.


Oynx Ashanti is an artist, musician, designer, & thinker working within the realm of performance, digital fabrication, open source philosophy, & music theory. With background experience as a street musician, Ashanti designs and develops his own software, electronics, 3d printed hardware to create an entirely custom & open source wearable cybernetic performance system. He calls his original blend of jazz, electronics, & cybernetics “BeatJazz” and has lectured and performed in Europe, the US, and Asia on both the TED & TEDx stages as well as at Moogfest, Berkely’s CNMAT (Center for New Music & Technology), and for MAKE Magazine. In 2013, Ashanti ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to fund and supply his unique musical controllers as freely downloadable & 3d printable designs. Currently, he is exploring new realms in music theory as applied to systems design, mysticism, & open source which he entitles “sonocybernetics” with “music as a language.”


16.Nov.2016 Workshop by Ivica Ico Bukvic: Rapid Prototyping in Music, Maker, and Robotics Scenarios using Raspberry Pi and Pd-L2Ork K12 Module

WHEN: Wednesday, November 16th, 11:00AM ////  WHERE: NYU Music Dept. Rm 220 (24/32 Waverly Place, NY 10003) /// This event is free and open to the public.


The workshop will focus on the rapid prototyping using beginner friendly K12 library uniquely designed for Pd-L2Ork and opportunities for seamless transition from K12 into regular Pd-L2Ork environment. In addition, the workshop will focus on the Pd-L2Ork’s unique affordances, and its utilization in rapidly developing Raspberry Pi-enabled musical instruments and robotics scenarios. Participants will be encouraged to obtain Raspberry Pi kits on their own or purchase one at the workshop.

About Pd-L2Ork
Introduced in 2010, Pd-L2Ork is a custom fork of Pure-Data with over 1,700 patches and improvements. It maintains backwards compatibility, while also offering an array of new features, including acclerated SVG-enabled canvas, infinite undo, system-wide abstraction-aware presets, advanced patching, usability improvements, and a collection of new objects. Pd-L2Ork also offers the most advanced library for Wiimote connectivity. Pd-L2Ork has been utilized in dozens of Maker-like workshops for various age-groups. For additional info visit

A detailed optional list of Raspberry Pi accessories and optional kit pricing will be provided for attendees.


ico_caus_cropped_square_largeIvica Ico Bukvic is an associate professor of music technology in Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts (SOPA) where he serves as the founder and director of the Digital Interactive Sound and Intermedia Studio (DISIS) and the Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork), Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology’s (ICAT) Senior Fellow, and a member of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction (CHCI) with a courtesy appointment in Computer Science. He is also the author and co-maintainer of Pd-L2Ork, a monolithic Pure-Data variant introduced in 2010.


16-20.Nov.2016 5th International Pure Data Convention

WHEN: November 16-20th ////  WHERE: NYU/ Stevens/ Shapeshifter/ Harvestworks /// This event is free and open to the public.

usb-pdconThe 5th International Convention Pure Data Convention both celebrates 20 years of Pd and seeks to explore the new ways in which the community of users are interfacing with each other and with Pd.

This is an exciting time for the Pd Community as we attempt to redefine the way in which we contribute to and extend Pd. The final program for the Pure Data Convention is here and includes 7 concerts, 9 workshops, 8 installations, a poster session and 5 paper sessions in what promises to be an unforgettable convention.

Please subscribe to the workshops, check out the papers, and come out to the concerts. The convention will take place at NYU and Stevens, and it is made possible by the generous support of the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society and New Blankets, as well as form Harvestworks and the Waverly Project.



13.Oct.2016 Colloquium Series: Carla Scaletti on “Data Sonification ≠ Music”

WHEN: Thursday, October 13th, 5:30PM ////  WHERE: NYU Music Dept. Rm 320 (24/32 Waverly Place, NY 10003) /// This event is free and open to the public.

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Scientific data sonification is a mapping of data from an experiment or a model to one or more parameters of a sound synthesis algorithm for the purpose of interpreting, understanding, or communicating the results of the experiment or the model. Composer Carla Scaletti relates how her experiences working with scientists on mapping data to sound has unexpectedly changed the way she thinks about music.


Carla Scaletti is an experimental composer and entrepreneur, designer of the Kyma sound design language and co-founder of Symbolic Sound Corporation. Her compositions, in the tradition of hard science fiction, carlabegin with a “what-if” hypothesis and elaborate the entailments of that imaginary initial hypothesis. Educated at the University of Illinois (DMA, MCS), she studied composition with Salvatore Martirano, John Melby, Herbert Brün and Scott Wyatt and computer science with Ralph Johnson, one of the Design Patterns “Gang of Four.” Last year she was an invited lecturer at GVA Sessions — a workshop involving choreographers, filmmakers, and particle physicists from CERN — and presented a keynote address at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2015). She has been a guest lecturer at Centre de Crèation Musical Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX) in Paris, and co-organizes the annual Kyma International Sound Symposium (KISS), this year on the theme “Emergence”, at De Montfort University in Leicester UK.

This event is part of the NYU Music Department’s Colloquium Series.

Waverly Project, 2016-17 Season

waverly-logoWaverly Project has announced its concert and lecture series for the 2016/17 Season:

September 29, 2016: Tak Ensemble
Works by Ioannis Angelakis, Fede Camara Halac, Michael Rose, Joel Rust and Viola Yip

October 25, 2016: scapegoat
Works by Santiago Díez Fischer, Mauricio Pauly, Fede Camara Halac

January 26, 2017: Dal Niente
Works by Carola Bauckholt, Augusta Read Thomas, Takuma Tanikawa, Joël-François Durand, Alex Temple, Alican Çamci,
Franco Donatoni, Vasiliki Krimitza

February 16th, 2017: Ine Vanoeveren
Works by Brian Ferneyhough, Cesare Saldicco, James Bean, Fernanda Navarro, Bernardo Barros

March 4th, 2017: Almost Credible Music
Works by Vitalija Glovackyte, Joe Snape

March 28th, 2017: Thomas Rosenkranz
Works by J.S. Bach, Gyorgy Ligeti, Peter Ablinger, Anton Webern, Stefan Prins, Michael Rose

April 24th, 2017: Marco Fusi
Works by Pierluigi Billone, Viola Yip, Joel Rust

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9.May.2016 Guest Talk: Chaya Czernowin @ NYU – Music – FAS

WHEN: Monday, May 9th, 2:00PM ////  WHERE: NYU Music Dept. Rm 220 (24/32 Waverly Place, NY 10003) /// This event is free and open to the public.

Composer Chaya Czernowin will present on her recent work.


…heartbreakingly vulnerable. Its sounds—often rasping, grating bundles of energy—project across impossibly large spaces, like concrete cantilevers, precisely tensioned just short of breaking point. Listening is like discovering butterflies trapped under stones.     TIM RUTHERFORD-JOHNSON/THE RAMBLER


photo by Astrid Ackermann

Chaya Czernowin (Dec 7th 1957)  is a composer of  operas orchestral and chamber works which have been played worldwide. She was composer in residence in Salzburg festival, and Lucerne Festival,  She is Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music at Harvard University and was a Professor for Composition at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna Austria (2005-9) and the university of California San Diego (1997-05).

Czernowin works imaginatively and analytically with metaphors as a means of reaching a sound world which is unfamiliar and is never taken for granted.  Things can appear and disappear at any time- it is an existential state where safety is not easily earned, She works towards creating a vital, visceral direct and real sonic experience which goes  beyond  style conventions or rationality,  attempting to give a voice to what is internally hidden from one’s view. Main pieces: the opera Pnima, the large scale orchestral piece Maim, and HIDDEN for quartet and electronics.

Czernowin’s work received  numerous awards such as Composer Prize of  the Ernst-von-Siemens Foundation, Guggenheim fellowship, and  Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at Darmstadt Ferienkurse, PNIMA was awarded the Bayerischer Theaterpreis and was chosen as the best new opera in 2000 in the Opernwelt critics survey.  Her work is published by Schott.

25.Apr.2016 Guest Talk: Nic Collins @ NYU – Music – FAS

WHEN: Monday, Apr. 25th, 6:00PM ////  WHERE: NYU Music Dept. Rm 220 (24/32 Waverly Place, NY 10003) /// This event is free and open to the public.


Nic Collins will present some of his extensive work including some live demonstrations and brief performances.


New York born and raised, Nicolas Collins spent most of the 1990s in Europe, where he was Visiting Artistic Director of Stichting STEIM (Amsterdam), and a DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin. An early adopter of microcomputers for live performance, Collins also makes use of homemade electronic circuitry and conventional acoustic instruments. He is editor-in-chief of the Leonardo Music Journal, and aroyaltouchSONAR Professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His book, Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking (Routledge), has influenced emerging electronic music worldwide. Collins’ indecisive career trajectory is reflected in his having played at both CBGB and the Concertgebouw.

13.Apr.2016 Guest Talk: Marek Chołoniewski on Sound Space Kinetics

WHEN: Wednesday, Apr. 13th, 3:30PM ////  WHERE: NYU Music Dept. Rm 365 (24/32 Waverly Place, NY 10003) /// This event is free and open to the public.


the audition of human brainwaves is a basic structure of the piece

the brainwaves are also used for physical cymatic phenomena control.

there is no visualization or audition in fact, there are mostly invisible, forgotten worlds so close and so much inside all of us.

don’t think too much, let it go and flow and make them free … of what?

Marek Chołoniewski
(b. 23/10/1953, Kraków), obtained degrees in organ (with L. Werner), music theory and composition (B. Schaeffer) and electronic music (J. Patkowski) at the Krakow Academy of Music. In 1977 he founded the association Music Center, where he works since 1976, and since 2000 he is the head of the Electroacoustic Music Studio of the Academy of Music in Krakow.

marek2He is the founder and co-founder of many groups: Freight Train, Studio MCH, Studio Ch & K, CH & K & K, mc2 duo, Double Mark, Inifinity Quartet, Natural Plastic, Kinetic Trio, dizzy kinetics.

He writes instrumental music, electro, radio, film and TV, is the author of sound installations and video, audiovisual projects, spatial and network. Concerts, teaching courses and lectures in many countries in Europe, Asia, North America. And South.

He is the founder, artistic director, coordinator and partner of many international artistic projects: Series Audio Art (1987), Audio Art Festival (1993), International Workshops for New Music Cracow / Stuttgart (1993), Internationale Akademie für Neue Komposition und Audio Art (1993), Videos Silent with Music Live (1994), GlobalMix (1998), Ship Artists (2000), GPSArtn (2000), Ensemble Spiel (2003), Bridges and European Modern Orchestra (2003/2005), Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music (Polish section of CIME / ICEM, 2005), Integra (2005-2010), Polish Sound Art in China and Chinese Sound Art in Poland ( 2006/2007), PAFME (2006), EuropeannCourse for Musical Composition and Technologies (2006), Days of Polish Culture in Luxembourg (2008), Integra (2006).

He received the Honorary Award of FPC, Minister of Culture and Independent Project Grant CEC ArtsLink in New York. Since 2008, he is the Secretary, and since 2011 the President of the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music (CIME / ICEM).