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Music + The Mind / Harvestworks


    What music does the mind make? This performance tunes into the sound of synapses with Music + the Mind: a live music-infused experiment in neuroscience. The evening features the Brainwave Music Project- a project conceived by Columbia professors David Soldier and Brad Garton and performed by William Hooker, Brad Garton and David Soldier.

    SUNDAY EVENING, FEB. 28 2016
    Time: 8 pm FREE
    Harvestworks 596 Broadway #602 New York NY 10012
    Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R to Prince, #6 to Bleecker
    Phone: 212-431-1130

    more info:

Modular Synthesizer Equinox

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    Another turn of the wheel. This time around, our Modular Solstice/Equinox series, which is almost in its fourth year, is happy to present a night dedicated to DIY and home built modular designs.

    >>Antenes [L.I.E.S.]
    >>David Lee Myers [Arcane Device]
    >>>Joe Bastardo, Mickey O’Hara & Seamus Williams [MA]
    >>>>Matthew Regula & Jessee Egan
    >>>>>Ed Bear
    >>>>>>Frank Spigner (Sound Arts MFA 2nd year student)

    visuals by Corey Bauer & Ginny Benson

    Saturday, March 19 8PM – 1AM
    The Silent Barn
    603 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11206


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    CAENIS is a physical theater adaptation of one of Ovid’s Metamorphosesmyths. When the Lapith maiden, Caenis, is confronted by the imperious Neptune, she must demand the agency she deserves. Enveloped by an epic soundscape within the walls of PACE, you will journey with Caenis from prey to protector, from woman to man, and from bystander to culprit.

    Featuring sound design by Alice Baird (MFA Sound Arts)

    Date, Time: March 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19 at 8:00PM
    Location: PACE | 534 W. 25TH STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10001
    Tickets: $15 with young artist discount code ‘caenisya’


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    FRIDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2016, 8:00PM

    Featuring percussionist/sound-artist Diego Espinosa playing music by David Adamcyk, Vinko Globokar, Kurt Schwitters, Jasna Velickovic, Juan Sebastian Lach, and Hugo Morales. Free Admission.

    Maison Francaise

    East Gallery, Buell Hall

    Campus Entrance: Broadway at W116th St

    Columbia University, New York City



SeismoDome: Sights and Sounds of Earthquakes and Global Seismology


    Experience the sights and sounds of four earthquakes from the last decade, viewed both from space and deep inside the globe. Created by CMC-ers Douglas Repetto and Ben Holtzman.

    SeismoDome link here

    Hayden Planetarium Space Theater
    American Museum of Natural History
    7 PM/Thursday, January 14, 2016

Columbia Composers and Sound Arts: Electroacoustic Concert


    Saturday, December 5th, 8pm
    315 Prentis Hall
    632 W 125th St
    New York, NY 10027

    Please join us at the Columbia Computer Music Center on the 3rd floor of Prentis Hall for an evening of new works by Columbia DMA and MFA composers and sound artists with special guest performers. Witness as they visualize sound and audioize visuals, traverse vast data bases of found sound and made sound, diffuse in 8-channels, granulate, synthesize, spatialize, harmonize, noisify, and so much more!

    Works by:
    Ryan Pratt, featuring Carrie Frey (viola)
    Dani Dobkin, solo laptop
    Martin Hiendl, eight-channel “tape”
    Geronimo Mercado, featuring William Cepeda (conch shell)
    Chatori Shimizu, sho and electronics
    Sam Yulsman, featuring Chris Pitsiokos (sax)
    Frank Spigner, featuring Dana Malseptic (synth) and Nathan Bellott (sax)

SHOW: Women, Music, Power + ICE

    PHono Contrast

    FRIDAY DECEMBER 11, 2015, 7:00PM

    Featuring International Contemporary Ensemble playing music by the CMC’s Natacha Diels (An Economy of Means), Zosha Di Castri & David Adamcyk (Phonobellow) as well as Maria Stankova (Movement). Post-concert talk moderated by Elizabeth Hoffman and Linda Dusman.

    The Italian Academy
    1161 Amsterdam Avenue (south of 118th Street)
    New York, NY, 10027
    Price: Free

    More concert info here

    This concert is part of a two-day event Women, Music, Power, which celebrates the work of musicologist Suzanne G. Cusick. More info on the symposium here.


Prentis Excavation


    Tuesday the 24th @ 10pm Geronimo Mercado, Alice Baird, Frank Spigner, Chatori Shimizu and Cameron Fraser will perform at Prentis Hall in room 320G. Rubbish has been excavated from the bowels of Prentis Hall and made to sing! Three percussionists, video and live dubbing. Come one, come all!!

ON LISTENING: Perspectives on Sound, Music and Noise


    ON LISTENING: Perspectives on Sound, Music and Noise – with Chatori Shimizu and Didier Sylvain

    7.30 – 9.30pm, Saturday 21 November

    Entry by donation (Suggested $15)

    This evening will explore various philosophical and cultural approaches to listening with discussion and performances from multi-instrumentalist, composer and sound artist Chatori Shimizu, and sound anthropologist and electronic musician, Didier Sylvain. Delving into linguistic definitions of sound, music and noise from around the world, and drawing comparisons between Eastern and Western perspectives of ‘noise’ in music, this discussion will also explore the impact of technology on our ideas of ‘music’, inquiring into biological metaphors in electronic music, ‘live’ and ‘dead’ music, and performance versus demonstration. Through this lens, we can understand the action of listening as a way of knowing and a way of being: a personal, social and physical experience of the world which unfolds through a process of participation and reflection. By expanding our understanding of sound, music and noise beyond the limits of culture, the human-centric, and divisions between nature and technology, we can refine the way we listen and interpret the world, thereby advocating a deeper connectedness to each other and our environment.

    Chatori Shimizu is a composer, researcher, multi-instrumentalist and sound artist from Osaka, Japan. Ranging from orchestral works to sound installations, his award-winning works have been performed and exhibited throughout the United States, Japan, and Europe. He is an MFA Candidate at Columbia University.

    Didier Sylvain entered Columbia University’s PhD program in Ethnomusicology in 2013. His research explores the philosophical and political dimensions of “black” engagement with sound technology in the Americas, and, more generally, interdisciplinary work surrounding the intersections of race, sound, and technology.

Sound Arts MFA Open Studios

MATTHEW GOODHEART – Bracken Tongues Wept and other works


    THURSDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2015, 8:00 PM, Admission by contribution ($10 suggested)

    The Old Stone House
    in Washington Park, 3rd Street & 5th Avenue

Park Slope, Brooklyn – Map

    More info here

Miranda Cuckson: Sun Propeller — New works for solo violin, viola and electronics

Caenis Benefit


    Date, Time: 17th November, 7 – 10 pm
    Location: Pace Gallery
    Address: 510 West 25th St
    Price: student price $25, tickets available at

    Featuring sound design and installation by Sound Arts MFA student Alice Emily Baird.

Beyond the Lab @ The Explorers Club


    (LDEO’s Ben Holtzman and the CMC’s Douglas Repetto will show recent seismic sonification and visualization experiments!)

    In collaboration with Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, The Explorers Club is hosting “Beyond the Lab: Dynamic Careers in Science and Sustainability,” its first-ever career day on Saturday, October 24, 2015, in New York City. The event will give middle school, high school and undergraduate students the unique opportunity to learn about exciting careers in science and sustainability and to explore cutting-edge scientific research. Students will hear from scientists, graduate students and alumni and those working in the field of sustainable development in the public and private sectors. Lamont scientists will also present interactive demonstrations showcasing their latest research findings from the field. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Date: Saturday, October 24th
    Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

    Details and Reservations:



    Columbia Sound Arts MFA Presents:


    Interactive Installations / Sound Experiments / Screenings

    Friday October 9
    Music & Arts Library (Wiener)
    7th Floor Dodge

    Featuring New Works by: Alice Baird Dani Dobkin Cameron Fraser Ashley Grier Geronimo Mercado Chatori Shimizu Frank Spigner

    Curated by:
    Nick J. Patterson & Miya Masaoka

    Refreshments / Everyone Welcome

Submerge: NYC Marine Science Festival at Pier 26

    2015 Handbill side by side


    Saturday, Oct 3
    Pier 26 at N. Moore St.


    (At which the CMC’s Ben Holtzman and Douglas Repetto will present some seismo-bleephiss-video-installation excitement!)

    Hudson River Park and the New York Hall of Science present SUBMERGE– a FREE, day-long science extravaganza devoted to raising awareness about our coastal waters. Celebrate local marine science through hands-on science activities, catch-and-release fishing, science stage events, kayaking and more! Interactive demonstrations will bring marine science and engineering topics to life, inspiring audiences of all ages.

Oneirogen tour

Mark Fell, David Bird, Sam Pluta – YARN/WIRE/CURRENTS


    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2015 – 8:00PM

    Yarn/Wire celebrate the opening of their 10th anniversary season as well as their recent release with Pete Swanson, Eliminated Artist, on ISSUE Project Room’s Distributed Objects imprint. The program includes three world premieres written specifically for the event, including works by experimental NYC musician and video artist David Bird, a new Fromm Foundation commission by composer/improviser Sam Pluta (Peter Evans Quintet / Wet Ink), and a new piece by electronics visionary Mark Fell (UK). This concert marks the fourth installment of Yarn/Wire/Currents, an ongoing collaboration between ISSUE and Yarn/Wire exploring the boundaries of contemporary music performance.

Tokyo to New York

Chatori Shimizu: Shiki to Unkai


    Chatori Shimizu: Shiki to Unkai. A Performance with Sound Installation
    Time: Sept. 19th (Sat.), 20th (Sun.) 19:30 ~ 21:30
    Ticket: $10~15 donation

    Chatori Shimizu is a composer, researcher, multi-instrumentalist and sound artist, whose award-winning works have been performed and exhibited throughout the United States, Japan, and Europe. Ranging from orchestral works to sound installations, Chatori draws upon both Western contemporary composition as well as the aesthetic and philosophy of Japanese sacred music Gagaku, in order to create pieces which comprise of two main elements: sound and the silence between sounds. Gagaku music, which expresses the functions of the universe according to the Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang, provides the conceptual basis to Chatori’s compositions which present a balance between meditative repetition and its hysterical demolition.

    For Inner Fields, Chatori Shimizu will be performing the shō, a traditional Japanese meditative instrument which places importance on the “間” (pronounced Ma), which literally means “silent spaces between sounds”. The shō instrument is considered to be a part of a player’s body since it produces sound according to the player’s in and out breath. Chatori will perform the shō alongside his sound installation ‘Somewhere Close’, where contact microphones will be attached to different specimens of wood and through adjustments in frequency, the audience will be able to hear “nature singing”. The performance will also include paintings by TARO. ‘Somewhere Close’ was first exhibited at Pioneer Works in 2014 and it will be the US premiere of Chatori’s shō compositions ‘Shiki to Unkai III’ and ‘Shinkaigyo’.