Welcome to Peabody Computer Music

Welcome to the Computer Music Department of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Prospective Students

Are you interesting in studying computer music at Peabody? Peabody currently offers a Bachelor of Music, and Master of Music program with several different specialized tracks. Please check out our admissions page to learn more about the computer music department and feel free to contact us if you have any questions. For more information regarding the admission process, please visit the Conservatory Admissions page.

Current News

11/2/2011- The Computer Music Department is hosting the first annual N SEME. The National Student Electronic Music Event was created by and for students, aiming to bring together the nation’s composers and performers currently studying in the ever-growing field of electronic music. We welcome students to share ideas and learn from an experience completely surrounded by peers. Although the composers, performers, judges, and coordinators are all students, everyone is welcome to join us for this exciting event.

There will be two concerts on Wednesday, November 2nd. One concert will be 5:30 and another at 8 with a break in-between for a reception.

9/5/2011- Graduate students Evan Combs and Griffin Cohen were recipients of a 2011 Johns Hopkins Technology Fellowship Grant. The grant was provided by the Center for Educational Resources at the Johns Hopkins University. The project was proposed as a series of tutorials and guides to assist in the teaching of the "Introduction to Computer Music" class taught by Dr. McGregor Boyle. The project is complete and can be viewed on our website under the Projects tab or HERE.

1/26/2011- The Computer Music Department is happy to announce that French vocalist and experimental musician, Muriel Louveau, will be sharing her experiences during our departmental seminar on February 9, 2011.

12/12/2010- Graduate students Yi Wang, Evan Combs, and Patrick McMinn will each have a composition performed at the SEAMUS 2011 conference in Miami, Florida this January. Wang's piece is entitled Talking Ocean, Combs' piece is entitled A Short Stop for vibraphone and electronics, and McMinn’s piece entitled The Middle Place for trumpet, disklavier, and interactive electronics. Patrick McMinn’s piece was a finalist in the ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Competition.

Undergraduate student Bijan Olia recently composed the score to the film, Underground, which premiered on April 21, 2010 at the AMC/LOEWS Boston Common for the Boston International Film Festival. The film was produced by Teamwork Productions. For more information, please visit Bijan's website.

Computer music faculty member McGregor Boyle's piece "Midway Inlet" for clarinet and computer was just released on a CD by F. Gerard Errante. The CD is called "Delicate Balance" and its on Aucourant records.

Computer music faculty member McGregor Boyle's piece "Yahaney Inlet" for bass and computer will be released next year on A SEAMUS CD. It was recently performed at SEAMUS 2009 by PCM alumnus Jeremy Baguyos, who produced the recording and will also perform it on the upcoming CD.

Graduate student Michael Scott-Nelson recently created a virtual concertina/accordion/bayan called the Charmonika. You can choose your finger mapping to allow your computer keyboard to be used like a variety of different folk instruments. Optionally, use your mouse to control the bellows! Pictures, videos, and the software itself will be available before December. Visit Michael's website for more information on the Charmonika and other projects he is currently working on.

Computer music faculty members McGregor Boyle and Geoffrey Wright and graduate student Heather Woodworth, have received a Center for Educational Resources Technology Fellowship grant from Johns Hopkins University. Their project, "Performance Practice of 20th Century Electroacoustic Music: A Test Case as Prototype" focused primarily on the problems associated with the preservation and digitization of analog tapes. Heather spent the summer exploring this issue and digitizing analog tapes in the Jean Eichelberger Ivey collection. The results of this project will be used as a teaching aid for the History of Electroacoustic Music course. For more information, please visit the project proposal.

Alumnus Andrew Cole has won the NACUSA National Young Composers Competition for "Sound, Timbre, and Density III" for flute and electronics. This is the first piece to win this competition that uses electronics.

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Computer Music Seminar


Yingran Tong

6-7pm, Room 314C

News and Events

JANUARY29 2012

Digital Embrace

3pm Friedberg

APRIL26 2012

Computer Music - Thursday Noon

12pm Friedberg

MAY8 2012

Computer Music Concert

7:30pm Griswold