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Computer Music 

Designed for students ranging from pure researchers to creative practitioners, this program emphasizes research in computer music theory, composition, performance, and other practices. 

Students can attain M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Recent student and faculty topics of research in Computer Music have included:

  • computational music analysis and algorithmic composition
  • modeling temporality in music
  • analysis of time-stretching algorithms
  • generative audio systems
  • real-time audio beat tracking
  • physics-based audio synthesis
  • impulse response measurement using complementary sequences
  • un-sampled digital synthesis
  • measuring musical engagement

The first year Computer Music curriculum is centered on a year-long "backbone" course covering the essentials of the computer music field.
In the second year, students work individually with faculty members to deepen mastery of their areas of concentration. For example, a student wishing to focus on signal processing aspects might study techniques for digital audio analysis and re-synthesis, drawing on the current research literature. Also during the first two years, students take seminars on performance practice, theoretical studies, and experimental studies. Having completed a critical mass of such subjects, Ph.D. students enter a qualifying examination preparation period, and, once successful, begin their dissertation research.

The Computer Music program encourages work that overlaps with the other programs of study: Composition, Integrative Studies (IS), and Performance. Analyzing and performing electronic music repertoire as well as writing new music involving electronics are encouraged. The Music Department provides extensive laboratory and computing support for Computer Music.