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Barbara Nerness

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Barbara Nerness

M.A., Music, Science, and Technology, Stanford University
B.A., Mathematics, UC Berkeley


Barbara Nerness is an artist, composer, and researcher in the PhD program at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). Her research intimately combines the scientific and creative aspects of performance. She uses art to explore sociopolitical themes and self-discovery that incorporate multichannel sound, live visuals, and custom musical instruments. Inclusive practices and neurodiversity underpin her approach to design and subject material.  

Her scientific research uses neuroscience to investigate creativity in musical performance, such as improvisation and engagement among multiple performers. She has performed at local venues in the Bay Area and LA, as well as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY, and ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe. She holds an M.A. in Music, Science, and Technology from Stanford and a B.A. in Mathematics from UC Berkeley.