Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community



1750 Arch Street
Berkeley CA 94709  
The UC Berkeley Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) was conceived and established by composer and Professor Emeritus Richard Felciano in the late 1980s — the operating budget officially commenced on July 1, 1989. CNMAT houses a dynamic group of educational, performance and research programs focused on the creative interaction between music and technology. CNMAT’s research program is highly interdisciplinary, linking all of UC Berkeley’s disciplines dedicated to the study or creative use of sound (such as music, architecture, mathematics, statistics, mechanical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, psychology, physics, space sciences, the Center for New Media, and the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies). CNMAT’s educational program integrates a Music and Technology component into the Department of Music’s graduate program in music composition - it also supports the undergraduate curriculum in music/technology for music majors and non-music majors.

CNMAT’s events program offers a range of concerts, lectures and other events informed by our research and pedagogy efforts. In our Sound Spatialization Theater, we present concerts that cross cultural and musical barriers and provide a forum for diverse lectures and demonstrations for students, faculty and the community.

Upcoming Events:
Sunday, November 5 2017 3:00 PM

Kris Palmer, flute
Steve Lin, guitar
Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello


Drei Nachtstücke (1990) by Klaus Hinrich Stahmer (b. 1941)

Chimären des Zweifelns

Schwarze Zungen der Nacht

Ça va, monsieur Croche?

In Transit (2017) by Ursula Kwong-Brown (b. 1987)

Commissioned by Black Cedar

Flute Sonata in C Major, BWV 1033 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)





Sunrise for Solo Alto Flute (2017) by Ursula Kwong-Brown (b. 1987)

Commissioned by Black Cedar

The Devil Inside (2016) by Mark Fish

Commissioned by Black Cedar

Romance Del Diablo by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

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Sunday, November 19 2017 7:30 PM

SILVIA MATHEUS, light and gravity Tim Perkis, improvisations WENDY REID, bird variations

Silvia Matheus, a national of Brazil, is an internationally accomplished electronic music composerwho has been composing with computers and electronics since the 1980.She graduated from Mills College, Oakland, California, with a Master of Fine Arts in ElectronicMusic and Recording Media. She has also and attended classes and seminars in interactive music andperformance at UC Berkeley’s Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT), under thedirection of David Wessel.Ms. Matheus’ most influential teacher was Hans Koellreutter from Germany with whom she studied forseveral years in São Paulo, Brazil where she received her first musical training.In the eighties, Silvia Matheus built music scores/controllers that were made of glass etched withconductive painting. The glass scores interfaced with electronic instruments acting as a controller.As a composer, Ms. Matheus focuses her music on fixed media and interactive liveperformances with computers, electronics, and instrumental ensembles. Her artistic experiments involvecollaboration with visual artists and performers in acting, filming, dancing, visuals, and multi-kinetic artsculptures.Her compositions have been performed nationally and internationally at, among many otherplaces, the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in Hong Kong, Canada, Japan, Cuba,Denmark, and New York; at IESA in the USA; at the Brazilian Symposium for Computer Music; at KISSSymposium in the USA, Belgium, and Germany; and at C60 in Berlin, Germany She received a grant towork at Danish Electronic Music Studios (DIEM) in the late nineties.Her multimedia piece called "Hands" for piano (choreographed hands), video, and electronicswas performed in Münster and in Cologne, Germany, New York, and in San Francisco, USA, as a partof "Handscapes", a multimedia piano project organized by Jennifer Hymer.For many years she has taught radio drama production and post production for youth in the BayArea. She has also published reviews on cutting-edge aesthetics of computer music in Computer MusicJournal (MIT Press). Her other interest is documentation of art productions, theater, dance, andconcerts. She is a professional video and film camera operator, producer and editor. At present, she is involved in collaboration with local theaters in the San Francisco Bay Area.Wendy Reid

Composer Wendy Reid is known for her Tree Pieces, an on-going set of musical processes which attempt to reflect nature’s manner of operations. Contextual in nature, these electro-acoustic cross-species compositions attempt to reflect the inter-connection of all things (including ourselves) in nature. In performance, with 'formation as process', an attempt is made at a spontaneous unforced and unblocked growing of sound and silence in which emphasis is placed on formation rather than pre-established form, as in the building and shaping of cell-like units in living processes.

Lulu, an African Grey Parrot and Shooshoo, a Pacific Parrotlet are Reid’s collaborators of 10 years. The parrots not only share their sounds but are co-composers and improvising musicians/ performance artists in the most recent works.

Wendy Reid received degrees from Mills College (MA), USC School of Performing Arts (BM), and attended Stanford University, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. Between 1975-77, she was a private pupil of Nadia Boulanger in Paris and Les Ecoles D’Art Americaines at Fontainbleau. Composers she has studied under include Terry Riley, Robert Ashley, Halsey Stevens, James Hopkins and film composer David Raksin. She is the recipient of awards and grants including Meet the Composer/California, Meet the Composer/New York, Subito, Nature Co., ASMC, Hellman, and Paul Henry Merrit Prize. Her works have been performed and broadcast throughout the United States, Europe and Asia by the Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Kronos Quartet, the New Music Works Ensemble, the San Francisco String Quartet, Other Minds, Ruffled Feathers, Brassiosaurus, the Tree Ensemble and others. Reid produced the New Music with Birds, Frogs and Other Creatures series sponsored by the Oakland Museum and the San Francisco Art Institute. She currently teaches music composition at Mills College and violin/ensemble/composition at Holy Names University PMD. Scores/CDs /LP:,, itunes,

Tim Perkis is a well-known figure in the worlds of improvised and electronic music. Over the course of decades he has played his unique computer-based electronic instruments with hundreds of musicians, including many of the leading players in free improvisation from Europe and the US. He is also a founding member of several electronic music ensembles, including FuzzyBunny, Splendor Generator and the pioneering computer network band The Hub. Recordings of his music are available on the Artifact, Tzadik, New World and EMANEM labels, among others. His documentary film Noisy People (2007) and the Noisy People podcast (2015) are available at and  More...