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Chris Chafe, Stanford University, USA: A listening tour of musical portraits and sonic landscapes

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  • Distinguished Lecture
When Mar 27, 2014
from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Tanna Schulich Hall, New Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke Street West.
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The lecture will take place in Tanna Schulich Hall, followed by a wine and cheese reception in room A833 (8th floor of the New Music Building).


Recent collaborations and computer synthesis projects will be presented ranging from concert pieces to investigations about how we imagine sounds in our head. The threads involve joint work with biologists, instrument builders, neurologists, conductors, students, cargo ship captains and massive groups of online listeners. Some of the work is pure music, some of it part engineering and observation. 


Chris Chafe is a composer, improvisor and cellist, developing much of his music alongside computer-based research. He is Director of Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). At IRCAM (Paris) and The Banff Centre (Alberta), he pursued methods for digital synthesis, music performance and real-time internet collaboration. CCRMA's SoundWIRE project involves live concertizing with musicians the world over. Online collaboration software including jacktrip and research into latency factors continue to evolve. An active performer either on the net or physically present, his music reaches audiences in dozens of countries and sometimes at novel venues. A simultaneous five-country concert was hosted at the United Nations in 2009. Chafe's works are available from Centaur Records and various online media. Gallery and museum music installations are into their second decade with "musifications" resulting from collaborations with artists, scientists and MD's. Recent works include Tomato Quintet for the transLife:media Festival at the National Art Museum of China, Phasor for contrabass and Sun Shot played by the horns of large ships in the port of St. Johns, Newfoundland. Chafe premiered DiPietro's concerto, Finale, for electric cello and orchestra in 2012.



APA video citation:

Chafe, C. (2014, May 29). A listening tour of musical portraits and sonic landscapes -
CIRMMT Distinguished Lectures in the Science and Technology of Music. [Video file].
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