The Computer Music Project

Founded in 1984, the Computer Music Project is a facility dedicated to computer music research and teaching. Through its existence, it has supported the development of new tools for composition, sound design, sound analysis, sonification, sound visualization and automatic notation along with the creation of new musical compositions. Software created at CMP benefits, in turn, classroom and studio teaching.

Initially located in the School of Music, in 2021 the Computer Music Project became part of the School of Information Sciences where it continues to support teaching and research activities.

CMP is open to students and faculty, and visitors with valid projects are also welcome.

Courses and seminars offered here constantly attract not ony informatics and music students but also students from a variety of University of Illinois departments such as Psychology, Computer Science, Philosophy, and Art and Design. Interns in the NCSA (National Centers for Supercomputer Applications) SPIN program are also working in CMP, developing software for composition and sound design.

CMP users have presented their works at music festivals and professional meetings such as ICMC (International Computer Music Conference), SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music), ISMIR (International Society for Music Information Retrieval) and SuperComputing conferences.

Collaborations between CMP and the Mathematics and Computer Science division of the Argonne National Laboratory as well as between CMP and NCSA or the San Diego Supercomputer Center have resulted in a number of successful projects such as DISSCOSNDANM4CAVEMusic4C and Collaborative and Interactive Composition on High-Performance Computers.  


Sever Tipei directs the Computer Music Project
Timothy W. McDunn is the CMP systems administrator


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