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Unsung Stories: Early Histories of the CPEMC

General Programming

June 21, 2021

Unsung Stories: Women at Columbia's Computer Music Center is a first step focusing on the legacy of women who have studied and worked at the renowned Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center (renamed the Computer Music Center in 1996). The project includes three parts: a two-day symposium (April 9-10, 2021), a podcast series, and a concert in Fall 2021.

Unsung Stories highlights the work of women, including the work of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ composers and musicians at the Center, examining how institutional networks and intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, national origin, and other identifications impacted the daily work, modes of interaction, and visibility of women composers at the CPEMC/CMC historically and in the field more broadly. It features panels and roundtables with over thirty composers/sound artists, and scholars who will discuss the lineage, musical excellence, experience, and visibility of the diverse women who have worked at the Center from the 1950s to its recent history.

Panel 2: Early Histories of the CPEMC

Moderator: Bob Gluck (University at Albany)

Michael Sy Uy (Harvard University), “The Voices Rockefeller Heard”

Brigid Cohen (New York University, FAS), “Michiko Toyama at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center”

Teresa Díaz de Cossio (University of California, San Diego/Universidad Autónoma de Baja California), “Listening for Alida Vázquez: A life in Electronic Music Between Migration, Race and Gender”

Roshanak Kheshti (University of California, San Diego), “Transcending History: Speculative Imaginings on Wendy Carlos at the CPEMC”