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Virginia Center for Computer Music

Overview

The Virginia Center for Computer Music (VCCM) offers a wide range of possibilities for both composer and developer. The Center has recently seen major renovations and upgrades. Having evolved from a primarily Next / Mac platform , the VCCM now offers state of the art Linux and Macintosh based systems that support various types of instruction, research and composition. Current areas of development include multichannel digital audio, real time open source sound synthesis, interactive computer music, robotics, telematics and multimedia. The Center promotes a creative atmosphere, providing a wide variety of tools to aid the engineer, programmer and composer.

Facilities

The VCCM currently offers one large primary classroom facility and two single user studios for a wide variety of research. The main lab is home to nine Intel iMac and two Linux PC workstations. All machines are linked to a central 1TB file server to enable easy file transfer and storage between a wide variety of applications. All machines communicate via local gigabit routing to enable high speed data communication, helping support network based research. Audio is routed from all computers into an eight channel speaker array to support multichannel research. The space is also configurable as a small performance venue with large screen projection.

Primary software applications used are: Max/MSP, Logic, Audacity, PD, ProTools, and RTcmix. The latter is developed here at UVA in conjunction with researchers in California, Indiana (Indiana University) and New York City (Columbia University).

Special purpose hardware is also available for a wide variety of control inputs: a MIDI guitar, theremin, several Korg X5 keyboards, a Max Matthews Radio Baton, DrumKat, MalletKat and an ARP 2500 built in the early 1970s.

The VCCM also offers three single user studio spaces for individual work and development.

Multichannel Studio

A cross platform Linux/Mac based multichannel studio supports fully digital audio routing from Core 2 Duo based Linux PC and Apple iMac into a Spirit 328 mixer, via digital switch box routed to very clean Haffler amplifiers and eight Tannoy Reveal monitor speakers.

Composition Studio

A Macintosh based studio sits adjacent to the multichannel space supporting individual composition.

MinMax Lab

The MinMax Lab is the latest addition to VCCM facilities. Set up by Burtner, it was recently designed to facilitate the development of new hardware controllers to meet the needs of a growing focus in interactive computer music development. It is a space where users can build digital and analog circuits, and link them all to digital and audio hardware.

People

Faculty

Staff

  • Travis Thatcher, Technical Director

Composition & Computer Tecnologies [CCT] PhD Students

  • Jon Bellona
  • Kevin Davis
  • Erik DeLuca
  • Ryan Maguire
  • Sarah O'Halloran
  • Chris Peck
  • Troy Rogers
  • Yuri Spitsyn
  • Eli Stine
  • Maxwell Tfirn
  • Rachel Trapp
  • Paul Turowski
  • Kristina Warren

CCT PhD Graduates

  • Joseph Adkins
  • Scott Barton
  • Aurie Hsu
  • Steven Kemper
  • Juraj Kojs
  • Kevin Parks
  • Lanier Sammons
  • Peter Swendsen
  • Peter Traub
  • Jonathan Zorn

Groups

The VCCM promotes collaboration between faculty, staff and students both within and outside the McIntire Department of Music. These are some recent and active examples.

Interactive Media Research Group: develop new technologies for artistic engagements and actions in the creative and academic spheres. (http://www.burtner.net/IMRG.html)

(dis)Embodied Touch: a performance series on theatre, music and healing confronting with issues of public health and performing wellness in our community. (http://www.burtner.net/disembodiedtouch.html)

Mobile Interactive Computer Ensemble: (http://www.burtner.net/MICE.html)

Expressive Machines Musical Instruments: (http://www.expressivemachines.org/)

Research

VCCM faculty, graduate students and staff are all active participants in the global electronic music research community. When research reaches a demonstrable stage, it is often published in journal articles and presented at conferences around the world. This helps us keep in touch with colleagues and allows prospective students to meet our people and experience our work first hand.

Journal Articles

Generalizing Digital Waveguides for Composition. Chris Burns, Matthew Burtner and Stefania Serafin, eContact online journal. Volume 8.3, CEC, Canadian Electroacoustic Community, Montreal, CA. 2006.

Shamanic and Ecoacoustic Technologies for Multimedia Composition and Performance. Matthew Burtner, Organized Sound. Volume 31, Cambridge Press, York, England. 2005.

Making Noise: Extended Techniques after Experimentalism. Matthew Burtner, New Music Box. Issue 71, Vol.6, No. 11. American Music Center, New York, USA. 2005.

Regenerative Feedback in the Medium of Radio: Study 1.0(FM) for Radio Transceiver. Matthew Burtner, Leonardo Music Journal. Volume 13, MIT Press, Boston, 2003.

Recursive Audio Systems: Acoustic Feedback in Composition. Chris Burns and Matthew Burtner, Leonardo Electronic Almanac. Volume 13, MIT Press, 2003.

The Exbow Metasax: Compositional Applications of Bowed String Physical Models Using Instrument Controller Substitution, Matthew Burtner and Stefania Serafin, Journal of New Music Research (JNMR). Swets & Zeitlinger, Lisse, The Netherlands, 2002.

The Metasaxophone: Concept, Implementation and Mapping Strategies for a New Computer Music Instrument. Matthew Burtner, Journal of Organized Sound, Volume 7 No 2, Cambridge Press, York, England, 2002.

RTcmix for Linux: Part 1: published in the October 2000 issue of the Linux Journal.

Juried Conference Papers

Extended Applications of the Wireless Sensor Array (WISEAR): presented at the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) 2007 conference in New York, NY.

Perturbation Techniques for Multi-Agent and Multi-Performer Interactive Musical Interfaces" NIME 2006, Paris, France, 2006

VScore: A Real-time Visual Application for Scoring Music: presented at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) 2006 in New Orleans, LA.

Wireless Dance Control: PAIR and WISEAR: presented at the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference 2005 in Vancouver, Canada. (Video of WISEAR)

The Shamanic Object as a Model for New Multimedia Computer Performance Interfaces. Burtner. International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) Proceedings. Miami, Florida, 2004.

Recombinant Spatialization for Ecoacoustic Immersive Environments. Burtner/Topper. Linux Audio Developers Conference (LAD 2) Proceedings. Karlsruhe, Germany, 2004.

A Theory of Modulated Objects for New Shamanic Controller Design. Burtner. New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) Conference Proceedings. Hamamatsu, Japan, 2004.

Tree Music and GAIA: An Interactive Demonstration: presented at the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference 2004 in Hammamatsu, Japan.

Graphical Audio Interface Application GAIA 2.0: presented at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) 2004 in Miami, FL. Also presented at the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference 2004 in Hammamatsu, Japan.

GAIA: Graphical Audio Interface Application: published in the proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) 2002, Goteborg, Sweden.

SPATIO-OPERATIONAL SPECTRAL (S.O.S.) SYNTHESIS: presented at the Digital Audio FX (DAFX) 2002 conference in Hamburg, Germany. Also published in the proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) 2003, Singapore. Also presented at the International Computer Music (ICMC) 2004 conference in Miami, FL.

Composing for the (dis)Embodied Ensemble: Notational Systems in (dis)Appearances. Burtner. New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) Conference Proceedings. Montreal, Canada, 2003.

Musical Applications of Generalized Multichannel Digital Waveguides. Proceedings of the Stockholm Music Acoustics Conference (SMAC 03). Burns/Burtner/Serafin. Stockholm, Sweden, 2003.

Spatio-Operational Spectral (S.O.S.) Synthesis. Burtner/Topper. Digital Audio Effects (DAFX) Conference Proceedings. Hamburg, Germany, 2002.

Design of an Extended Saxophone Computer Music Controller. Burtner. International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) Proceedings, Gottenburg , Sweden, 2002.

Real Time Spatial Processing and Transformations of a Singing Bowl. Burtner/Serafin/Topper, Digital Audio Effects (DAFX) Conference Proceedings, Hamburg, Germany, 2002.

Noisegate 67. Burtner, New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) Conference Proceedings. Dublin, Ireland, 2002.

PAWN & SPAWN: Portable and Semi-Portable Audio Workstation: presented at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) 2000 in Berlin, Germany. Also presented at the Society for Elecro-Acoustic Music in the US (SEAMUS) conference 2001 in Baton Rouge, LA.

Expressive Controllers for String Physical Models. Burtner/Modrian/Nichols/Serafin. Digital Audio Effects (DAFX) Conference Proceedings, Limerick, Ireland, 2001.

Real Time Extended Physical Models for the Composer and Performer. Burtner/Serafin. International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) Proceedings, Havana, Cuba, 2001.

Instrument Controller Substitution Using Physical Models. Burtner/Serafin. International Society for Musical Acoustics (ISMA) Conference Proceedings. Perugia, Italy, 2001.

SLINC 1.0: A GUI for controlling synthesis and linking instruments in RTcmix: presented at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) 2000 in Berlin, Germany.

Extended Techniques for a Virtual Instrument. Burtner/Serafin. Digital Audio Effects (DAFX) Conference Proceedings. Verona, Italy, 2000.

Multichannel Audio with RTcmix: presented at the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the US (SEAMUS) 2000 conference in Denton, TX. Also published in Journal Seamus 2000.

RTcmix and the Open Source / Free Software Model: presented at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) 1999 in Beijing, China.

RTcmix -- Using CMIX in Real Time: co authored with Brad Garton, presented at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) 1997 in Thessaloniki, Greece

Events

Faculty and graduate students have pieces, installations and various art performed at various venues around the world. Recently, the VCCM celebrated its twentieth anniversary with Technosonics, 20 Years of Play.

Judith Shatin's performances

Matthew Burtner's performances

Ted Coffey's performances

Luke Dahl's performances