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Stanford-developed software enables musicians isolated by the coronavirus pandemic to jam together again in real-time

A longstanding software program for online music playing has been optimized for slower, home-based internet connections.

Along with many other forms of human interaction, live musical collaboration has been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. Widespread quarantining and social distancing essentially suspended performances that require precise timing among multiple players – everything from classical symphonies and choir ensembles to jazz quartets and rock bands. And playing together online through teleconferencing platforms such…

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Stanford polymath blazes a new trail with his design manifesto

Written as a photo comic book, Ge Wang’s publication charts new ethical and aesthetic territory.

Stanford scholar Ge Wang has chosen an unconventional medium for a manifesto about why technology and design needs to reflect human values: a comic book. “It’s nerdy. It’s philosophical. It’s a core dump of my brain in comic form,” said Wang, an associate professor of music in the School of Humanities and Science, who has…

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Sounds of the sea

Every fall Chris Chafe, professor of music and director of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), takes students from Music 220A out on the high seas to record sound. In October 2015, 30 students chewed a bit of ginger and headed out for the day to dangle their self-built hydrophones over…

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Stanford visiting artist Robert Henke to perform a ‘musical machine’

Musician Robert Henke, Stanford's 2013 Mohr Visiting Artist, will perform a computer-driven musical performance Thursday and Friday at Bing Concert Hall Studio. The piece, called Stanford Dust, comprises sounds Henke recorded at and around Stanford.

Digital musician Robert Henke is building a musical performance without performers. Seated in a thick darkness, the audience will be surrounded by morphing and transforming sounds unlike anything typically heard in a concert hall. This Thursday and Friday Henke will present Stanford Dust at Bing Concert Hall Studio as the culmination of his time as Stanford’s 2013 Mohr Visiting Artist. Henke relates the show’s…

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More than a Stanford concert hall, Bing is a high-tech music research lab

In a series of performances, students and faculty from Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics will give audiences an immersive 3-D experience.

Like a well-designed sports car, Stanford’s new Bing Concert Hall looks great from the outside but is even more impressive when you peer under the hood. And Feb. 15-16, Bing’s high-tech engine will shift into overdrive when the groundbreaking electronic musicians of Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) showcase their latest works. From…

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Ge Wang to receive the Champion of the Arts Award

Cantabile's annual award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the promotion of music in Silicon Valley.

Another member of the Stanford community is the recipient of Cantabile’s Champion of the Arts Award for the second consecutive year. Ge Wang of Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) and co-founder of Smule, will add this new title to the many awards and accolades he has already received for his…

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Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall opens this Friday with soundscape fanfare

The first notes on opening night will show off the advanced acoustic and technical systems of the new concert hall.

A three-minute fanfare packed with sounds shaped and inspired by Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall – including harbor horns, a Canadian icebreaker, music student assignments and even the hall’s steel beams – will be the first music heard at the hall on opening night this Friday, Jan. 11. Faculty at the Department of Music’s Center for…

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Holly Herndon: Stanford’s Newest Ingenue Muses on “Movement”

If you’re tired of the electronic music scene at Stanford, try stepping up from the romaine that is brostep and progressive house to the kale that is Holly Herndon’s new album “Movement.” Herndon, a Ph.D student in electronic music here at Stanford, has spent the last five years in the Berlin music scene. Originally from…

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