Valencia, CA, United States
Valencia, CA, United States

The California Institute of the Arts, colloquially called CalArts, is a private university located in Valencia, in Los Angeles County, California. It was incorporated in 1961 as the first degree-granting institution of higher learning in the United States created specifically for students of both the visual and the performing arts. It is authorized by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to grant Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in the visual, performing, and, since 1994, literary arts. The Herb Alpert School of Music was accredited in 2009 to grant a Doctor of Musical Arts.The school was founded and created by Walt Disney in the early 1960s and staffed by a diverse array of professionals. The institute was started as Disney's dream of an interdisciplinary "Caltech of the arts". CalArts provides a collaborative environment for a diversity of artists. Students are free to develop their own work in a workshop atmosphere. Wikipedia.

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Zareei M.H.,Victoria University of Wellington | Carnegie D.A.,Victoria University of Wellington | Kapur A.,California Institute of the Arts
Proceedings - 40th International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2014 and 11th Sound and Music Computing Conference, SMC 2014 - Music Technology Meets Philosophy: From Digital Echos to Virtual Ethos | Year: 2014

The use of mechatronics and robotics in works of sound art and music has grown over the past decade. Among the significant body of work done in these fields, this paper narrows down its focus on those that employ mechatronics and robotics in order to explore and investigate new sonic possibilities associated with these technologies. Followed by a discussion on characteristics of such works of mechatronic sound art, this paper presents Mutor: a new mechatronic sound-object that utilizes the sonic artifacts of mechatronic systems-specifically, the noise of a DC motor-as its primary source of sound, and modulates it rhythmically and timbrally. Copyright: © 2014 First author et al.

Kapur A.,California Institute of the Arts | Carnegie D.,Victoria University of Wellington
Leonardo Music Journal | Year: 2012

Musical robotics is a rapidly growing field, with dozens of new works appearing in the past half decade. This paper explores the foundations of the discipline and how, due to the ability of musical robots to serve as uniquely spatialized musical agents, it experienced a rebirth even in the face of loudspeaker technology's dominance. The growth of musical robotics is traced from its pre-computer roots through its 1970s renaissance and to contemporary installation-oriented sculptures and performance-oriented works. Major figures in the field are examined, including those who in recent years have introduced the world to human/musical robot interaction in a concert setting. The paper closes with a brief speculation on the field's future, with a focus on the increasing ease with which new artists may enter the field. © 2012 ISAST.

News Article | December 14, 2016

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ravi S. Rajan, the Dean of the School of the Arts at Purchase College, State University of New York, has been selected as the fourth President of the California Institute of the Arts, the school’s Board of Trustees announced Tuesday. Rajan will begin his tenure June 1, 2017, and his selection was officially announced to the CalArts community late Tuesday following a unanimous board vote. “CalArts is a beacon in the higher ed and arts community that has left an indelible mark on the artists who are forging the future monuments of culture and society,” said Rajan. “I’ve known and experienced the amazing work of CalArts’s faculty and alumni for decades, and have marveled at the innovation and transformation that has occurred under President Lavine’s leadership. I’m humbled by this opportunity, excited to be a part of this great community, and look forward to building upon the innovative pedigree of CalArts.” Tim Disney, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said that Rajan has proven himself to be an innovative and thoughtful leader whose passion and vision for arts education aligns with the CalArts community. “Ravi showed the fiery passion for the arts that was at the core of CalArts’ founding,” said Disney. “His commitment to excellence and exploration and innovation will help continue CalArts’ rich legacy and unbounded future.” As Dean of the School of Arts at Purchase College since 2012, Rajan has charted an inventive, collective and ambitious educational path that mirrors the historical sensibilities of CalArts. His distinguished background in both the arts and higher education make him a uniquely qualified leader, allowing him to tackle challenges and pursue innovative ideas, while always preserving qualities that are essential to the institution’s artistic identity. Rajan started a 3-phase $100 million capital renovation of the art and design facilities at Purchase College, the first such renovation in the program’s history. His boundless advocacy helped strengthen a culture of philanthropy, resulting in the College securing the largest individual donations since its founding. In an effort to grow positive change within the arts and culture globally, Rajan spearheaded the creation of a new MA in Entrepreneurship in the Arts, the first graduate degree of its kind in the world. Rajan has extensive experience in the production of art, music, theatre/dance, and film/video, as well as in senior executive roles in higher education. He became an Assistant Dean of Art+Design at Purchase College in 2005, eventually rising to his current position of Dean of the School of Arts in 2012. He is a member of the Tony Awards Nominating Committee, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London, and is President of the Asian American Arts Alliance. Rajan is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and Yale University. He is an accomplished musician, performing with and conducting for many large and small musical groups as well as for the theatre. His practice also encompasses producing collaborative mixed-media projects with artists, filmmakers, directors, and choreographers for museums, galleries, foundations, biennials, festivals, and venues public and private. “Ravi brings the perfect combination of personal artistic commitment to interdisciplinary approaches, which is vital to CalArts, along with broad experience as an educator, and significant accomplishments as a senior administrator at Purchase College,” said CalArts’ President Steven Lavine. “I am thrilled he will be the person to lead CalArts into its future development as one of the great artistic and educational institutions in the world.” The Board of Trustees, advised by a committee encompassing the entire CalArts community, appointed Rajan at the conclusion of an extensive international search, which evaluated over 500 applicants and began after Lavine announced he would be retiring in June 2015. “To say that Steven Lavine has cast a long shadow at CalArts would be an understatement,” continued Disney. “Under Steven’s leadership, CalArts has become the heartbeat of the creative economy and has ensured that the institution is the epicenter for evolving the ways in which we all interact and experience art and culture in our lives.” Rajan will follow the 29-year tenure of President Lavine. Under Lavine’s leadership, CalArts transformed into a world-class arts institution that consistently defines and shapes culture in our society. Beginning his tenure in 1988 after leaving the Rockefeller Foundation, Lavine was instrumental in stabilizing the school’s financial footing and growing its endowment. In 1990, he established the Community Arts Partnership (CAP), which continues to bring arts education to thousands of underserved students throughout Los Angeles. He helped launch internationally renowned academic and instructional programs in dance, integrated media, masters programs in writing, and doctoral programs in the musical arts. In 2003 he established REDCAT, (the Roy & Edna Disney CalArts Theatre), which greatly expanded CalArts’ reach into both the domestic and international art world. Concurrently, he led fundraising efforts that resulted in new buildings for visual and performing arts, as well as new community spaces. “It’s impossible to think of CalArts without thinking of Steven,” stated Rajan. “I’ve always been in awe of how his leadership and collaboration has allowed CalArts to transform into a global leader in the arts. It’s my hope to continue the richness that he has helped to create and to dutifully guide CalArts through its next evolutionary step.” Rajan will relocate to the Los Angeles area in the summer of 2017. He will be joined by his wife, Lucy Tucker Yates, a renowned opera singer, vocal and diction coach, and the couple’s two sons ages 7 and 3. Ranked as America’s top college for students in the arts by Newsweek/The Daily Beast, California Institute of the Arts has set the pace for educating professional artists since 1970. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools – Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater – CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions. As successive generations of faculty and alumni have helped shape the landscape of contemporary arts, the Institution envisioned by Walt Disney encompasses a vibrant, eclectic community with global reach, inviting experimentation, independent inquiry, and active collaboration and exchange among artists, artistic disciplines, and cultural traditions. For more information, please visit

Nasar J.L.,Ohio State University | Holloman C.,Ohio State University | Abdulkarim D.,California Institute of the Arts
Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice | Year: 2015

An experiment tested whether physical disorder affected low to moderate income African-American children's choice of street to walk on and their parents' choice of a street for them to walk on. The experiment used an innovative desktop simulation in which 32 fourth and fifth grade African-American children and 30 parents viewed and explored pairs of virtual walk-through streets manipulated on disorder (across three contexts and two other street and sidewalk characteristics) and picked from each pair the one to walk on (child) or for the child to walk on (parent). Each participant was asked to report the reasons for the choices. The analysis revealed that children and their parents were more likely to walk (or have the child walk) on streets lower in disorder. Reported reasons for choices confirmed the importance of physical disorder in affecting walking choices. Low-cost improvements in order may make streets more desirable for recreational walking. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

Suda N.K.,California Institute of the Arts | Vallis O.S.,California Institute of the Arts
Proceedings - 40th International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2014 and 11th Sound and Music Computing Conference, SMC 2014 - Music Technology Meets Philosophy: From Digital Echos to Virtual Ethos | Year: 2014

Touchpoint is a multi-touch tablet instrument which presents the chaining-together of non-linear effects processors as its core music synthesis technique. In doing so, it utilizes the on-the-fly re-combination of effects processors as the central mechanic of performance. Effects Processing as Synthesis is justified by the fact that that the order in which non-linear systems are arranged results in a diverse range of different output signals. Because the Effects Processor Instrument is a collection of software, the signal processing ecosystem is virtual. This means that processors can be re-defined, re-configured, created, and destroyed instantaneously, as a "note-level" musical decision within a performance. The software of Touchpoint consists of three components. The signal processing component, which is addressed via Open Sound Control (OSC), runs in Reaktor Core. The touchscreen component runs in the iOS version of Lemur, and the networking component uses ChucK. The resulting instrument unifies many perceptual domains of modulation into a consistent interface, encouraging an expressive exploration of the areas between their borders. Touchpoint attempts to embody and make vital an aspect of contemporary music which is typically treated as augmentative and secondary. Copyright: © 2014 Nicholas K. Suda et al.

Zareei M.H.,Victoria University of Wellington | Kapur A.,California Institute of the Arts | Carnegie D.A.,Victoria University of Wellington
41st International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2015: Looking Back, Looking Forward - Proceedings | Year: 2015

This paper presents Rasping Music: an audiovisual composition in which one of the early instances of Minimalist composition, that is Steve Reich's Clapping Music, is remodeled and transcribed for a set of four mechatronic sound-sculptures, designed and developed by the first author. After a brief overview of the Minimalist movement and its musical depiction, the sound-sculptures are introduced and the Minimalist ideas behind their design are noted. Then, following a discussion on Steve Reich's pulse-based compositions, the compositional strategies and techniques in the realization of Rasping Music are presented in detail. © 2015 M. H. Zareei et al.

Erickson K.G.,California Institute of the Arts
Music and Unconventional Computing - AISB Convention 2013 | Year: 2013

This paper presents Telebrain, a browser-based performatization platform invented for organizing real-time telematic performances. Performatization is the human performance of algorithms. When computers and humans performatize cooperatively, the human-computer interaction (HCI) becomes the location of computation. Novel modes of machine-human communication are necessary for organizing performatizations. Telebrain is designed to facilitate machine-human languages. Capitalizing on the ubiquity and cross-platform compatibility of the Internet, Telebrain is an open-source web application supporting PerPL (Performer Programming Language), a human-interpreted configurable language of multi-media instructions used to program performers. Telebrain facilitates a variety of performance disciplines such as music, theater, dance, computational performance, networked scoring (image and audio), prompted improvisation, realspace multi-player gaming, collaborative transdisciplinary karaoke and quantum square-dancing. (

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 111.88K | Year: 2012

The New Curriculum to Teach Computer Science Principles to Students in Digital Media Arts at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is developing a replicable model for teaching computer science to undergraduate students in arts schools, art departments, and arts programs. A two-semester course sequence, Applied Introduction to Programming and Algorithms, has been designed and is being offered as part of the core Media Arts curriculum. Using powerful, real-time, open source programming languages, ChucK and Processing, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) students with little or no computer science background are acquiring foundational programming skills that are immediately applied to their digital arts practice. Students generate code for real-time music compositions and live image synthesis/processing, creating technology-driven art while simultaneously gaining proficiencies in core computer science concepts and Digital Signal Processing (DSP). The projects approach is to teach computer science in a non-traditional computer science context. By providing skills and tools in programming, networking, and basic robotic control through a course designed specifically for artists as a means of furthering their creative work, a model is created for providing computer science curricula specifically, and STEM curricula more generally, to students from a diverse background and degree trajectory. All course material, code examples, syllabus and assignments are being made publicly available online.

California Institute of the Arts | Date: 2016-10-27

Posters; Stickers. Shirts. Art galleries; Art gallery services. Art exhibition services; Art exhibitions; Education services, namely, providing seminars, panel discussions, conferences, and classes in the fields of visual and performing arts; Entertainment services in the nature of live visual and audioperformances by an actor; Entertainment services in the nature of live dramatic, musical, and dance performances; Provision of performing arts theater facilities.

California Institute of the Arts | Date: 2016-10-27

Posters; Stickers. Shirts. Art galleries; Art gallery services. Education services, namely, providing seminars, panel discussions, conferences, and classes in the fields of visual and performing arts; Entertainment services in the nature of live dramatic, musical, and dance performances; Entertainment services in the nature of live visual and audioperformances by an actor; Provision of performing arts theater facilities.

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