CCM offers a Master of Fine Arts degree in Electronic Music and Recording Media with four areas of concentration:
The Mills Graduate Music page has information on degree requirements, graduate music courses, and instructors.
The music department composition faculty for 2005-6 also includes composer/performer Fred Frith, composer Annie Gosfield (fall) and composer Alvin Curran (spring). In the past few years, guest faculty composers have included Terry Riley, James Tenney, José Maceda, Maryanne Amacher, Ron Kuivila, Paul DeMarinis, and many others.
The guest composers hold a public workshop in the form of a presentation, informal concert, or demonstration, or a combination of the above. Past resident composers under this program have included Gino Robair, Matt Rogalsky, Brenda Hutchinson, and Gordon Mumma.
CCM has been engaged in recent years in the development of new approaches to computer music languages. One innovative example, HMSL (Hierarchical Music Specification Language) runs on Macintosh systems and is in use throughout the world by composers of experimental music. The language was designed and written by David Rosenboom, Larry Polansky, and Phil Burk. Other computer music programs developed at CCM include csound.ppc, a new version of Csound for Power Macintosh (featured in the January 1997 issue of Keyboard magazine) and GrainWave, a real-time synthesis, sampling, and processing software program for Macintosh.
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