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CCM staff | Guest composers | Special programs

CCM offers a Master of Fine Arts degree in Electronic Music and Recording Media with four areas of concentration: 
  1. Composition and performance utilizing electronic media
  2. Music-based interdisciplinary work involving a variety of media forms such as video, theater, dance, and installation
  3. Research in instrument or system design, emphasizing real-time performance in electronic and computer music, and experimental control structures for electronic music
  4. Research in music languages, algorithmic composition, and interactive music programming 

The Mills Graduate Music page has information on degree requirements, graduate music courses, and instructors. 

CCM staff
In addition to teaching faculty in electronic and computer music, CCM is supported administratively and technically by one full-time technical director, one part-time studio coordinator, five graduate student assistants, and one work-study undergraduate student. The current teaching and support staff for 2005-06 ("*" indicates teaching staff) is:

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.

Guest composers
CCM's Composer-in-Residence Program is a series of short term residencies by guest artists. They are encouraged during their stay here to utilize CCM's resources and personnel in the creation of new work and to interact with the students and outside community as much as possible. The residencies often focus on the development of new software or hardware instruments or on innovative uses of the Center's studio facilities.

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.

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Special programs
In addition to its Composer-in Residence Program, the Center also maintains its public access policy. Composers and artists are encouraged to propose projects to CCM, and if approved, the Center will provide studio time and graduate assistants for technical help at reasonable rates. The Center has assisted a number of Bay Area groups with special projects. These have included the Exploratorium, KPFA-FM, National Public Radio, Antenna Theatre, and Artifact Recordings.

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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Center for Contemporary Music (CCM)

Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd

P: 510.430.2191

Last Updated: 11/22/06