Center for Research in Computing and the Arts collection, 1969-2012 (RSS 1225)

Extent: 3.6 Linear feet (8 archives boxes and 1 card file box)

The UCSD Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) collection documents the activities of the experimental music and computer-based music research unit between 1972-1993.

The Project for Music Experiment, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, opened in 1972 under the direction of UCSD professor Roger Reynolds. In 1973, the project became an organized research unit at the University of California, San Diego and was re-named the Center for Music Experiment (CME). Although autonomous, the Center was monitored by an inter-departmental advisory board with UCSD Music Department faculty. The director was nominated by the board and appointed by the Chancellor for terms up to five years. The Center was designed as a performance, composition, and a technological research space for innovations with digital computer music. The Center also facilitated the Studio for Extended Performance, the Extended Vocal Techniques Ensemble (EVTE), and the KIVA Improvisation Ensemble. In 1977, under the direction of Pauline Oliveros, CME received additional funding for a computer music facility designed to integrate technology and research into both the graduate and undergraduate curriculum. Notable faculty included Will Ogden, Robert Erickson, Pauline Oliveros, Harry Partch, Kenneth Gaburo, Thomas Nee, James Campbell, Bernard Rands, and John Silber. In 1991, the UC Regents approved the change of name from CME to CRCA - the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts.

The UCSD Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) collection documents the activities of the experimental music and computer-based music research unit between 1972-1993. The documents were collected internally by staff and faculty for educational and archives purposes. The materials include subject files representing the development and founding of the department, performance fliers, photographs, writings describing the technological development of experimental music research and performance.

Arranged in four series: 1) SUBJECT FILES, 2) PHOTOGRAPHS, 3) PUBLICATIONS, and 4) WRITINGS.

This collection has additional unprocessed materials not described in this finding aid. See the UC San Diego Library catalog record to view the acquisition dates and extent of unprocessed additions.

Container List


Scope and Contents of Series

1) SUBJECT FILES: Arranged alphabetically, the SUBJECT FILES pertain to the department's general administrative duties, policies, and organization of performances. The files include performance fliers, conference materials, bibliographic lists, and comprehensive materials related to the Extended Vocal Techniques Ensemble (EVTE).

Box 9
Archive card file. Includes tape archive card file
Box 1 Folder 1
Archive lists
Box 1 Folder 2
Biographies and lists
Box 1 Folder 3
Campus Computer Policy Committee - Computer Audio Research Laboratory (CARL) equipment, 1980
Box 1 Folder 4
Center for Music Experiment Advisory Committee - Meeting minutes, 1976-1977
Box 1 Folder 5
Computer Audio Research Lab (CARL) - User policies, 1980
Box 1 Folder 6
"Conversations Around the Pacific Ring - Pacific Ring Festival" - Performance materials, May, 1986
Box 1 Folder 7
Correspondence - Miscellaneous office, 1977-1993
Box 1 Folder 8
"Disklaver Discovery" - Performance, July 25, 1988
Box 1 Folder 9
Exhibition and Festival of New Instrumental Resources, May 4-6, 1979

Extended Vocal Techniques Ensemble (EVTE)

Box 1 Folder 10
Correspondence, 1977-1978
Box 1 Folder 11
Fundraising, 1977-1978
Box 1 Folder 12
History and brochures, 1977-1980
Box 2 Folder 1
Reviews, 1977
Box 2 Folder 2
Harmonics - Bass research
Box 2 Folder 3
International Computer Music Conference, October 26-30, 1977
Box 2 Folder 4
International Stravinsky Centennial Symposium - Grant proposal, 1982
Box 2 Folder 5
Music Frontiers 1993: Darmstadt - San Diego Theory and Aesthetics Colloquium - Conference materials
Box 2 Folder 6
New York Philharmonic - Roger Reynolds performances, 1984
Box 2 Folder 7
News clippings, 1972-1980

Performance flyers and brochures

Box 2 Folder 8-11
Box 3 Folder 12 Oversize FB-479-03
Performance posters
Box 3 Folder 1
Planning conference on proposed UCSD computer music facility, October 1978

Redolfi, Michel: "Sonic Waters" Underwater concert

Box 3 Folder 2
Brochures, 1982-1983
Box 3 Folder 3
Photographs and notes, 1982-1983
Box 3 Folder 4
Schedule of weekly events, 1972-1974
Box 3 Folder 5
"Seven Compositions" - Performance, November 15, 1984


Scope and Content of Series

2) PHOTOGRAPHS: CRCA performances, staff, and faculty from primarily 1976-1977.

Box 3 Folder 6
"Child Birth" - Performance
Box 3 Folder 7
Faculty and staff, 1976-1977
Box 3 Folder 8
KIVA group
Box 3 Folder 9
"Loops Console," Ron George - 35mm b/w negatives
Box 3 Folder 10
Performance and events
Box 3 Folder 11
"Rainforest" - Rose Montaño, February, 1977
Box 3 Folder 12
"Trans Museq" - LaDonna Smith and Davey Williams, 1983
Box 3 Folder 13
"What's Cooking?" - Performance, April - May, 1977


Scope and Content of Series

3) PUBLICATIONS: Arranged by title. Contains University-related documents representing annual reports, manuals, informational reports, and brochures produced internally by CRCA.

Box 4 Folder 1
List of publications
Box 4 Folder 4
Computer Audio Research Lab (CARL) - A Prospectus and Retrospective: An Evening in Two Parts - Performance, May 16, 1988
Box 4 Folder 5
Computer Audio Research Lab (CARL), 1979-1988: A Report in Two Parts, August, 1988
Box 4 Folder 6
Catalogue for the Exhibition/Festival: For New Instrumental Resources I and II, May 1979, 1980
Box 4 Folder 7
Center for Research in Computer and the Arts, 1992-2012
Box 4 Folder 8
CME Roster, 1982, 1984-1985
Box 4 Folder 9
CME Staff and Facilities Manual
Box 4 Folder 10
"Colloquia: Music and Contemporary Society." Bertram Turetzky, principal investigator, and John D. Lauer, editor, January - March, 1985
Box 4 Folder 11
"Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik", 1988
Box 4 Folder 12
Directions - Newsletter, March 1977 - December 1979
Box 4 Folder 13
Four Views of the Music Department at the University of California San Diego
Box 4 Folder 14
"Informal Report on the NMCE IV Activities within the Center for Music Experiment, Rockefeller - UCSD", 1973-1974
Box 4 Folder 15
"Project for Music Department: Report", 1972-1973
Box 4 Folder 16
"Report on an Experimental General Music Program", June, 1969
Box 4 Folder 17
UCSD Music Department - Brochure

Annual Reports

Box 4 Folder 2-3


Scope and Content of Series

4) WRITINGS: Arranged alphabetically author and title. Contains journal articles, essays, project proposals, and software documentation reflecting avant-garde, experimental, and electronic music topics written by faculty, staff, fellows and researchers at CRCA.

Box 5 Folder 1
Abbot, Chris. Cleopatra: A Language for ASP's (and Other Snakes), June 20, 1983
Box 5 Folder 2
Abbot, Curtis and Gareth Loy. Programming Languages for Computer Music Synthesis, Performance, and Composition, June 2, 1985

Amuedo, John W

Box 5 Folder 3
AP-Lisp Language Definition
Box 5 Folder 4
Paul Lenert of National Public Radio's 'The Sound of Science' - Interviewing John Amuedo at M.I.T., July 10, 1986
Box 5 Folder 5
Analog Studio User's Manual
Box 5 Folder 6
Bachauer, Walter. Avantgarde in Southern California: A Report on the 'Center for Music Experiment' at the University of California in San Diego/La Jolla
Box 5 Folder 7
Balzano, Gerald J. The Structural Uniqueness of the Diatonic Order, April 20, 1978

Boulanger, Richard

Box 5 Folder 8
Electronic Violin Project: Documents
Box 5 Folder 9
An Interview with Roger Reynolds, Joji Yuasa, and Charles Wuorinen, March 9, 1984
Box 5 Folder 10
Reviews, 1979-1983
Box 5 Folder 11
Burt, Warren. Talk and Music: With Three Pieces from Aardvarks IX, October - December, 1984
Box 5 Folder 12
Chabot, Xavier. User Software for Realtime Input by a Musical Instrument, 1985
Box 5 Folder 13
Chabot, Xavier, Roger Dannenberg, and Georges Bloch. A Workstation in Live Performance: Composed Improvisation
Box 5 Folder 14
Coelho de Souza, Rodolfo. Semiotics of Music in Brazilian 'Tristes Tropicos', February 8, 1991
Box 5 Folder 15
Cohen, Howard. MX-2: A Real-Time Software Synthesizer, November 1977
Box 5 Folder 16
Composition of Music by Interpretation of Symbolic Descriptions
Box 5 Folder 17
The Development of the Extended Vibraphone: Appendix B, 1966-1977
Box 5 Folder 18
Dolson, Mark. Musical Applications of the Phase Vocoder, 1986
Box 5 Folder 19
Dolson, Mark, Abe Singer, and David Rivas. Personal-Computer Microwords for Learning about Signals and Sounds

Dunn, David

Box 5 Folder 20
Mappings and Entrainments: Introduction to Work in Progress, 1984
Box 5 Folder 21
Music and the Holonomic Metaphor, 1984
Box 5 Folder 22
Erickson, Robert. Loops an Informal Timbre Experiment, March 11, 1974
Box 6 Folder 1
EVTE: Index to a Recorded Lexicon of Extended Vocal Technique

Francois, Jean-Charles

Box 6 Folder 2
FYHYT I: Algorithm for the Generation of Complex Rhythms, March 1978
Box 6 Folder 3
Perspectives on the Center for Music Experiment and Related Research
Box 6 Folder 4
Gaburo, Kenneth. An Informal Report on NMCE IV Activities within the Center for Music Experiment. Rockefeller - UCSD, 1973-1974
Box 6 Folder 5
General Design Specifications for a UCSD RJE Terminal, October 4, 1973
Box 6 Folder 6
George, Ronald. Research into New Areas of Multiple-Percussion Performance and Composition, 1975

Gross, Robert

Box 6 Folder 7
The CME Patchbay System User's Manual, November 9, 1976
Box 6 Folder 8
The CME Synthesizer
Box 6 Folder 9
Generating Pitch Deviation Functions for a Sound Synthesis System, June 1978
Box 6 Folder 10
Using the CME Patchbay, April 16, 1976
Box 6 Folder 11
Gross, Robert and Bruce Leibig. A Compositionally Oriented Sound Synthesis System, August 17, 1976
Box 6 Folder 12
Gross, R., B. Leibig, and J. Goldstein. Timbre Tuning System (Version I) - Operation Manual, December 14, 1975
Box 6 Folder 13
Gross, Robert and Linda Vickerman. Preliminary Remarks on Extended Vocal Capabilities with the Artifical Larnyx, June 4, 1974

Gygax, Otto A

Box 6 Folder 14
Adaptation of the HVE Engineering Synergist III VME-VME Board to the Requirements of the Inter-Computer Link in the Computer Audio Research Laboratory Computer Music Workstation, August 13, 1986
Box 6 Folder 15
VMEbus Interface Bus Circuitry, February 17, 1986
Box 6 Folder 16
VMEbus Interface Board Circuitry (VIBC) Design Review
Box 6 Folder 17
Hallock, Don and Richard Stephens. Suggestions Toward a Small Video Facility

Harkins, Edwin

Box 6 Folder 18
Compositional Access Towards Everything Rhythmic
Box 6 Folder 19
Performance and Electronic Instrument Design
Box 6 Folder 20
A Programmable Rhythm Sequencer
Box 6 Folder 21
Harkins, Edwin and Robert Gross. LASAR: A Language for Rhythm Input to a Sound Synthesis System, October 1977
Box 6 Folder 22
How Does a Computer Make Music
Box 6 Folder 23
Hybrid IV, Volume I: User's Manual. Second Printing, June 30, 1975
Box 6 Folder 24
Inger, Lester. Attention to Attention in the Fine Arts, February 8, 1979
Box 6 Folder 25
Kavasch, Deborah. "An Introduction to Extended Vocal Techniques: Some Compositional Aspects and Performance Problems," Reports from the Center, November 1980
Box 6 Folder 26
Kobrin, Ed, R. Reynolds, J. Celona and Bruce Rittenbach. Hybrid IV: Volume I - User's Manual, 1975-1976
Box 6 Folder 27
Kobrin, Edward and Jeffrey Mack. The Hybrid II: A Real-Time Composing/Performing Computer Synthesis System, January 10, 1974
Box 7 Folder 1
Labor, Tim. Report on CME Activities at LIPM, May 15, 1991
Box 7 Folder 2
Lanevi, Robert. Towards a World Music: A Proposal

Loy, Gareth

Box 7 Folder 3
Composing with Computers - A Survey of Compositional Formalisms and Music Programming Languages, 1987
Box 7 Folder 4
Computer Audio Research Laboratory Software Writers Guide
Box 7 Folder 5
Music Workstation from Musical Imperatives
Box 7 Folder 6
How to Add New Programs to the CARL Software Distribution
Box 7 Folder 7
Introduction to CARL Programming
Box 7 Folder 8
Introduction to the Csound File System
Box 7 Folder 9
LPREV - Configurable Tap-Delay/Low-Pass Reverberator
Box 7 Folder 10
Musicians Make a Standard: The Phenomenon of MIDI, June 4, 1985
Box 7 Folder 11
Notes on Installing Software for the CMD Audio Switch
Box 7 Folder 12
On the Scheduling of Multiple Parallel Processors Executing Synchronously, 1987
Box 7 Folder 13
Sndpath - A Program to Interactively Create/Edit Sound Trajectories
Box 7 Folder 14
Mahin, Bruce P. Interview with Janos Negyesy from 'String Clinic'. Instrumentalist Magazine, June 1987

Moore, F. Richard

Box 7 Folder 15
Applications for an Integrated Computer Music Workstation

CARL Startup Kit

Box 7 Folder 16
1982 June 15
Box 7 Folder 17
1983 January 28
Box 7 Folder 18
The Computer Audio Research Research at UCSD
Box 7 Folder 19
The FRMBox - A Modular Digital Music Synthesizer, 1980
Box 7 Folder 20
A Useful Way to Write Tutorials About Computer Programs
Box 7 Folder 21
Mumma, Gordon. Computer Music and the Library, November 8, 1985

Oliveros, Pauline

Box 7 Folder 22
On Sonic Meditation, 1973
Box 7 Folder 23
On the Need for New Music and Related Arts, May 24, 1979
Box 7 Folder 24
A Research Center of New Music for Performers and Composers
Box 7 Folder 25
Software for People, January 1979
Box 7 Folder 26
Oliveros, Pauline and Ron George. Project Title: Resources for Acoustic Instrument and Development - First draft, 1977
Box 7 Folder 27
Operating Manual: Precision Tone Generator
Box 7 Folder 28
Patrick, A. Digital Signal Processing Project

Reynolds, Roger

Box 8 Folder 1
Explorations in Sound - Space Manipulation, September, 1975
Box 8 Folder 2
Manual for the Use of CME Facililties, 1975
Box 8 Folder 3
Musical Production and Related Issues at CARL
Box 8 Folder 4
"Some Remarks on a Stimulating Conference", February 24, 1981
Box 8 Folder 5
Rittenbach, Bruce. Aspects of Computer Music Design, October 25, 1976
Box 8 Folder 6
Roads, Curt. Preliminary Report on the CME Composing Language Project, May 3, 1977
Box 8 Folder 7
Roth, Moira. "Matters of Life and Death" - Interview of Linda Montaño, 1978
Box 8 Folder 8
Snell, John. Digital signal processor notes

Sondheim, Alan

Box 8 Folder 9
A Model for the Mathematical Relationships in the Self/World Dyad, January-April, 1973
Box 8 Folder 10
Typed Glossolalia: Computer Analysis of Determinism in Man, 1972
Box 8 Folder 11
Thompson, Robert. Archive Notes, 1986
Box 8 Folder 12
Tobias, Jay. Hardware Selection for History
Box 8 Folder 13
"Two Movements in C"
Box 8 Folder 14
Virtue, Constance. "Virtue Notagraph: The New Music Notation" - Scrapbook
Box 8 Folder 15
Voelkel, Andrew and Thomas Erbe. User's Manual for CARL TMS-VME Signal Processing Card
Box 8 Folder 16
Willey, Bob. "Laboratorio de Investigación y Producción Musical"
Box 8 Folder 17
Wright, Rusty. "The CARL Audio Switch Daemon"
Box 8 Folder 18
Yates, Peter. "Beyond Discord" - Lecture