Scope and Contents note
Title: UCSD Center for Research in Computing and the Arts Collection
Identifier/Call Number: RSS 1225
Mandeville Special Collections Library
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Language of Material:
3.6 Linear feet
8 archives boxes and 1 card file box
Date (inclusive): 1969-1996
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.
University of California, San Diego. Center for Research in Computing and the Arts.
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
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.