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Matt Wright

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Matt Wright

Technical Director, CCRMA


Dr. Matthew Wright is a media systems designer, improvising composer/musician, and computer music researcher.  He was the Musical Systems Designer at U.C. Berkeley's Center for New Music and Audio Technology (CNMAT) from 1993-2008, and is known for his promotion of the Sound Description Interchange Format (SDIF) and Open Sound Control (OSC) standards, as well as his work with real-time mapping of musical gestures to sound synthesis.  His dissertation at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) concerned computer modeling of the perception of musical rhythm: "The Shape of an Instant: Measuring and Modeling Perceptual Attack Time with Probability Density Functions."  He spent one year as a visiting research fellow at the University of Victoria on the theme of "Computational Ethnomusicology" developing tools for analysis and visualization of detailed pitch and timing information from musical recordings.  He was the Research Director of UC Santa Barbara's Center for Research in Electronic Arts and Technology (CREATE) for eight years, where he taught classes, advised students, founded and directed the CREATE Ensemble dedicated to research and musical creation with technology in a live performance context, as well as being Principal Development Engineer for the AlloSphere, a 3-story full-surround immersive audiovisual instrument for scientific and artistic research. As a musician, he plays a variety of traditional plucked lutes, Afro-Brazilian percussion, and computer-based instruments of his own design, in both traditional music contexts and experimental new works.