The Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) houses a dynamic group of educational, performance and research programs focused on the creative interaction between music and technology. CNMAT links all of UC Berkeley’s disciplines dedicated to the study or creative use of sound, such as music, architecture, mathematics, statistics, mechanical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, psychology, physics, space sciences, the Center for New Media, and the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.
CNMAT’s research agenda, guided by Co-Director David Wessel (music psychologist), focuses on areas such as sound synthesis and analysis, music perception and cognition, performance controls, sound diffusion, and software tools for composition and improvisation. The Center develops multi-disciplinary collaborative research projects with a wide range of partners that include other campus departments, other universities and research centers in the U.S. and abroad, and private companies with an interest in music and audio. CNMAT’s research initiatives connect directly to the performance and pedagogy programs, creating a feedback loop driven by training and musical applications of early stage results.
Co-Director Edmund Campion (Department of Music, Professor of Music Composition) manages CNMAT’s pedagogy program and coordinates educational and performance activities that relate to the Department of Music and the University in general. CNMAT’s educational mission integrates a Music and Technology component into the graduate program in music composition – it also supports the undergraduate curriculum in music/technology for music majors and non-music majors. Opportunities to study and work in the Center are available to graduate students in musical scholarship as well as composition.
Here’s an overview of what CNMAT provides to eligible UC Berkeley students, faculty and researchers in music and other participating disciplines:
- academic support: graduate student recruitment, training and supervision, opportunities for graduate student instructors and graduate student researchers.
- facilities: studios, performance spaces, multi-media teaching spaces, online learning support.
- equipment: workstations, software, peripherals, audio gear, printers, media, technical support, software design for courses, lab installations.
- software/hardware systems: purchase, installation, troubleshooting, user training, maintenance, repair/replacement.
- live concerts in the Department of Music, CNMAT and other venues: equipment loan, installation and testing, rehearsal support, production support, recording and documentation.
To learn more about CNMAT, visit their web site at cnmat.berkeley.edu