A research and teaching facility, the Computer Music Project was founded in 1984.
Part of the Experimental Music Studios, CMP is a computer music research facility dedicated to the development of new tools for sound design, sound analysis, sonification, sound visualization and automatic score editing as well as to the creation of new musical compositions. In turn, software created at CMP benefits classroom and studio teaching. CMP is used by faculty and students in the School of Music's Composition-Theory Division, although visitors with valid projects are welcome. Courses and seminars offered in the Computer Music Project constantly attract numerous students from a variety of other University of Illinois departments.
CMP users have an ongoing exchange of ideas, share information amongst each other, and have presented their works at music festivals and professional meetings such as ICMC (International Computer Music Conference), SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music), ISMIR (International Society for Music Information Retrieval) and SuperComputing conferences.
Collaborations between CMP and the Mathematics and Computer Science division of the Argonne National Laboratory as well as between CMP and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) have resulted in a number of successful projects such as M4CAVE and SoundMaker.
Sever Tipei manages the CMP.