Constantin Basica is a Romanian composer currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area, whose current work explores perceptual illusions in the context of audiovisual performance. His compositions include pieces for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, and orchestra. In recent years, he has been composing multimedia works for acoustic instruments, electronics, and video, which have been performed in Europe and in the United States by artists such as Séverine Ballon, Tony Arnold, Elision Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, and Splinter Reeds.
Special fields: interactive software systems for computer music, programming languages, mobile music, physical interaction design, new performance ensembles (e.g., laptop orchestras and mobile phone orchestras), human-computer interaction, visualization, education at the intersection of computer science and music.
Creator of the ChucK programming language; founding director of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) and Stanford Mobile Phone Orchestra (MoPhO); Co-founder of mobile music startup Smule; Designer of the iPhone's Ocarina and Magic Piano.
Special fields: musical acoustics, signal processing, physical modeling, spectrum analysis, digital filtering.
Articles in the Computer Music Journal, Journal of New Music Research, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, various IEEE Transactions.
Dr. Malcolm Slaney is a research scientist in the Machine Hearing Group at Google Research, where he leads a project on saliency and attention. He received his PhD from Purdue University for his work on imaging with inverse scattering. He is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford CCRMA, and he has led the Hearing Seminar for more than 20 years. Dr. Slaney is also an Affiliate Faculty in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Washington.
Special fields: Musical acoustics, acoustics of musical instruments, psychoacoustics.
Author of 15 books and over 400 scientific publications, 9 U.S. and 11 foreign patents, mainly in acoustics, magnetism, and condensed matter physics. Fellow of ASA, APS, AAAS, and IEEE.
Biography in New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Who’s Who in America.
Received Millikan medal (AAPT) and Silver medal in musical acoustics (ASA).
Fernando Lopez-Lezcano enjoys building things, fixing them when they don't work, and improving them even if they seem to work just fine. The scope of the word "things" is very wide and includes computer hardware and software, controllers, music composition, performance, and sound. His music blurs the line between technology and art, and is as much about form and sound processing, synthesis, and spatialization, as about algorithms and the custom software he writes for each piece.
Composer, performer, and media artist.
Studied with Wlodzimierz Kotonski, Jan Ekier, Bronislawa Kawalla, Rand Steiger, Miller Puckette, Roger Reynolds, Brian Ferneyhough, and Joji Yuasa; additional courses with Iannis Xenakis, Louis Andriessen, Tristan Murail, François-Bernard Mâche, and George Lewis.
Selected prizes: UNESCO Film sur l’Art Festival in Paris (1992), VideoArt Festival in Locarno (1993), Manifestation Internationale Vidéo et Art Électronique in Montréal (1994), and International Festival of New Cinema and New Media in Montréal (2000).
Fields of interest: audio recording and music production, neurophysiology, songwriting, rock and jazz guitar performance. Research articles in Journal of Electrophysiological Techniques and Brain Research while employed as research assistant at Stanford Medical School. Neurology Research Laboratories. Engineered recordings for Ontario Records, Lyrichord, Pictoria Records and two compact discs with his band Offbeats on Dexter Records. Freelance producer/engineer; owner, Dexter Records. Member Audio Engineering Society and faculty advisor to Stanford Student Section.
Research topics include neural oscillations for auditory perception, auditory-motor coupling, brain plasticity in development and aging, recovery from stroke with music-supported therapy, and re-learning of speech and music after cochlear implantation.