Constructed in the summer of 1994, the Harvard Computer Music Center is housed in the renovated third floor of Paine Hall in the Harvard Music Department. The renovation also invluded the existing analog/midi studios, known as the Harvard Electronic Music Center. It took three months to complete, and a total of five rooms on two floors were completly renovated.
Designed by Sean Varah and Mario Davidovsky, our plan was to create an environment that would encourage non-technical composers to approach computer music. Great care was taken to ensure that the three studios would provide a reliable, consistent, and isolated environment to facilitate the composer's creative process. The new center has three state of the art studios, completely soundproofed and equipped with their own machines and high quality sound systems.
There are four machines at the center, three Pentium 90 machines, and one 040 NeXTCube. This server is our NeXT, named Mario. All machines run the NeXTStep operating system. Our computer music software includes Cmix and RT, a realtime mixing program, both of which can be found at the Princeton Sound Kitchen. See also our software page, which lists all the software used at the center.
The Computer Music seminar, Music 264, focuses on teaching traditional analog studio techniques in the realm of the computer. Drawing on the over 40 year pedagogy of the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, we're attempting to preserve that tradition, as well as use it to give computer music a real artistic foundation.
There is no separate program in computer music at Harvard. Students interested in the center must apply directly to the music department for admission in the graduate programs in composition or theory. Once accepted, they can enroll in Music 264. Please read the Music Department's home page, and to request admission materials, please contact the Harvard Music Department.
For undergraduates interested in studying electronic/computer music, please see the Electronic Music Center's homepage for information on their courses.
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