MAT 595M Seminar Series

Time: Mondays 5:30-7:00 pm

Location: Engineering Science Building, room 2001

Administrative Contact: Robert Miller - milrober (at)

This is a seminar in media arts and technology. The seminar will consist of talks by experts in various areas of media arts, multimedia systems, media technology, and related areas of research and practice. There will be a mix of speakers, from UCSB and from outside, with a variety of backgrounds, including computer science, engineering, art, and music. Occasionally we will schedule discussion or brainstorming sessions instead of a talk.

All Media Arts and Technology students are strongly encouraged to attend this seminar.

Spring 2014 Schedule

Musicality and Abstraction: Investigating, Modeling, and Enabling Human Musicality with Computer Technology

September 30, 2013 - 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

Matthew Wright, Allosphere’s Principal Development Engineer, Media Arts and Technology, CREATE Research Director, University of California – Santa Barbara

Oliver Hess

October 7, 2013 - 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

Oliver Hess, Director Emeritus of Material & Applications

Beyond Formats – The Contemporary in Media Art at SFMOMA

October 14, 2013 - 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

Rudolf Frieling, Curator of Media Arts

NIME Presenters’ Evening

November 4, 2013 - 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

A large number of MAT students were invited to the 2013 New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conference in Daejeon and Seoul, Korea. Each student will give a brief presentation of the work they presented.

OpenDroneControl [ODC]: An Open-Source Platform for Creative Use of Aerial Robotics.

November 18, 2013 - 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

OpenDroneControl [ODC]: An Open-Source Platform for Creative Use of Aerial Robotics.

Methods of Synthesis: Origins in hardware/software synthesis techniques, and applications in Sound Design

November 25, 2013 - 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

Richard Devine, Artist, Sound Designer

Sound Synthesis with Auditory Distortion Products

December 2, 2013 - 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

Gary Kendall, Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast


January 6, 2014 - 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm

Ira Greenberg will discuss the development of his new library, Protobytes in addition to his previous work, art, and teaching.

The Bridge Between Speech and Music

February 10, 2014 - 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

Japanese composer Kiyomitsu Odai gives a lecture on the technique to simulate spoken language with acoustic instrument(s).

Swarm Vision

February 24, 2014 - 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

Swarm Vision: 3 custom designed rails each with Sony PTZ camera, custom software animation, Apple MacPro, 2 projectors (Panasonic PT-DZ6710U or equivalent) or 2 HD large screens, dimensions variable

Interrogating Methodologies

March 31, 2014 - 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

MAT’s location since 2006 in the California NanoSystems Institute surrounded by science research and its unique approach in hybridizing arts and engineering has led to an interest to engage in conversation with scientists about methodologies in interdisciplinary research to envision what may be innovative future hybrid directions in arts-engineering/science.

Eunsu Kang: Inaudible Songs, Invisible Spaces

April 7, 2014 - 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

Eunsu Kang, Assistant Professor of New Media Art at the University of Akron in Ohio


April 15, 2014 - 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

Jill Scott, Professor for Research in the Institute Cultural Studies in the Arts, Zurich University of the Arts will speak as part of the Interrogating Methodologies Symposium


April 21, 2014 - 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

Peter Blasser discusses classic computer music in embedded systems.

An Industry Perspective on Intelligent Audio Technology

April 28, 2014 - 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

Jay LeBoeuf, Strategic Technology Director of Izotope, Inc., will discuss the challenges of bringing applied research from the lab to the music industry.

Designing the Erbe-Verb: A Reverb for Interactive Performance, Sound Design and Electronic Music

May 5, 2014 - 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

Tom Erbe discusses the history of delay-based reverb, the needs of electronic music performance, the problems in implementing reverb in an embedded processor, and ideas for further research and design.

Feedback Loops – Building Experiences that Connect with Users

May 12, 2014 - 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

Christopher Carlson

The Make Noise Story

May 20, 2014 - 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

Tony Rolando, Founder/President, Make Noise Music

Net Evolution: From 1.0 and 2.0 to Post-Internet and the New Aesthetic

June 2, 2014 - 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

Christiane Paul, Associate Prof., The New School, New York, NY