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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Admisistrative History
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: UCSD Center for Research in Computing and the Arts Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: RSS 1225
    Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
    La Jolla, California 92093-0175
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3.6 Linear feet 8 archives boxes and 1 card file box
    Date (inclusive): 1969-1996
    Abstract: 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 aspects of various projects and research.
    Creator: University of California, San Diego. Center for Research in Computing and the Arts.

    Admisistrative History

    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.

    Scope and Contents note

    The Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) collection contains the organizational files for the research unit. The materials include a substantial amount of subject files and writings reflecting the technology development of experimental music research and performance. The items are arranged in four series: 1) SUBJECT FILES, 2) PHOTOGRAPHS, 3) PUBLICATIONS, and 4) WRITINGS.
    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).
    Series 2: PHOTOGRAPHS
    The PHOTOGRAPHS series documents CRCA performances, staff, and faculty from primarily 1976-1977.
    Series 3: PUBLICATIONS
    The PUBLICATIONS series, arranged by title, contains University-related documents representing annual reports, manuals, informational reports, and brochures produced internally by CRCA.
    Series 4: WRITINGS
    The WRITINGS series, 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.

    Acquisition Information

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    Preferred Citation

    UCSD Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, RSS 1225. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    University of California, San Diego. Center for Music Experiment - Archives.
    University of California, San Diego. Center for Music Experiment.
    University of California, San Diego. Center for Research in Computing and the Arts - Archives.
    Avant-garde (Music).
    Computer music.
    Electronic music.