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CMP Facilities

The EMS Computer Music Project, founded in 1984, offers a UNIX-based time-sharing system for the teaching of computer music and acoustics, promoting research in computer sound analysis and synthesis, computer-assisted composition, music notation/printing, visualization of music, and scientific sonification.

The CMP has several multi-user workstation computers, including 8 Pentium 4 Workstations and a Power Macintosh 7500. All computers are networked together and connected to Internet via ethernet. Each of the user rooms in CMP has a playback system consisting of a mixer, CD player, analog cassette deck, power amplifier, and a pair of loudspeakers. Open-reel tape and DAT recorders and a laser printer are also provided within CMP.

All of the CMP computers use Fedora Core as their operating system (barring the Macintosh running OSX). Fedora provides an easy to use Xwindows interface either running KDE or GNOME. In addition to the user interface, all the normal Linux/Unix utilities are available to the user at just a command line away.

Original CMP projects include: DIASS (Digital Instrument for Additive Sound Synthesis), Matching Synthesis of Musical Sounds, Computer-assisted Composition using MP1, Automated Music Notation and Printing, M4CAVE (software for music visualization and scientific sonification), and SNDAN, a sound analysis/synthesis package. SNDAN is used at many sites throughout the world; specifically at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL).

There are ongoing 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).

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