#CarbonFeed directly challenges the popular notion that virtuality is disconnected from reality. Through sonifying Twitter feeds and correlating individual tweets with a physical, data visualization in public spaces, the work reveals the environmental cost of online behavior and its supportive physical infrastructure.

The #Carbonfeed installation is housed in four various libraries at the University of Virginia, and will run from Friday Aug. 29 – Friday Sept. 26.  For more information, visit:


Paul Lansky Colloquium

The McIntire Department of Music presents a colloqium, Some Thoughts on Harmony, by Paul Lansky on Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 3:30pm in 107 Old Cabell Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Paul Lansky (1944) is one of the pioneers of computer music but in recent years he has been turning his attention to instrumental music. Recent works include Ricercare Plus for string quartet, written for the Brentano Quartet, With the Grain, a guitar concerto written for David Starobin, Shapeshifters, for two pianos and orchestra (for Quattro Mani), Etudes and Parodies (horn violin and piano) for Bill Purvis (winner of the 2005 International Horn Society competition) Threads, written for Sō Percussion, and Travel Diary, commissioned by the Meehan/Perkins Duo. He has recently been writing orchestral music and was composer in residence with the Alabama Symphony in 2009-10. His orchestral work Imaginary Islands, commissioned by that group was premiered in May 2010. A CD of his orchestral music was released on Bridge Records in 2012.

He was on the faculty at Princeton University where he is now William Shubael Conant Professor of Music Emeritus.

Carla Scaletti Colloquium

The McIntire Department of Music presents a colloquium by Carla Scaletti on Friday, October 31st, 2014 at 3:30pm in 107 Old Cabell Hall.  This event is free and open to the public.

Composer/entrepreneur Carla Scaletti is the designer of the Kyma sound design language and co-founder of Symbolic Sound Corporation.

Her music is experimental, always starting from a “what-if” hypothesis, and invariably involves live electronics (Kyma) interacting with acoustic sources and environments.

Educated at the University of Illinois (DMA, MCS), she studied composition with Salvatore Martirano, John Melby, Herbert Brün and Scott Wyatt, and she studied computer science with Ralph Johnson, one of the Design Patterns “Gang of Four”.

She was, for several years, an invited lecturer at Centre de Crèation Musical Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX) in Paris, and each year she co-organizes the Kyma International Sound Symposium (KISS)—a conclave of Kyma practitioners exploring a special theme through words, workshops, and music.  KISS2014 was 25-28 September in Lübeck Germany and centered on the theme: “Organic Sound”.

In addition to her work in software development and music composition, she has a special interest in scientific data sonification, and some of her work with physicist Lily Asquith on data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN has found its way into a score for Gilles Jobin’s QUANTUM, a physics-inspired dance piece whose North American premiere was at Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 2, 2014.

Carla Scaletti website: http://www.carlascaletti.com/

Carla Scaletti will give a colloquium on October 31st 2014, 3:30pm in 107 Old Cabell Hall :
Data-driven Sound: What scientific data sonification has taught me about music

Over the course of the past 25 years, I’ve been working with scientists to turn their data into sound for the purposes of understanding and communicating their results.  Not only has this changed the way I think about mapping, data, and sound synthesis, it has, unexpectedly, also changed the way I think about music.
Scientific data sonification is a mapping of data from an experiment or a model to one or more parameters of a sound synthesis algorithm for the purpose of interpreting, understanding or communicating the results of the experiment or the model.  This talk will focus on a recent collaboration with CERN physicist Lily Asquith on LHC data and the search for the Higgs boson and how this project influenced the music I created for choreographer Gilles Jobin’s piece QUANTUM.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA’s historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda.  (map)  Parking is available in the central grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner.

Room availability for the VCCM lab (room B011 Old Cabell Hall): VCCM Lab Schedule
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