Lejaren Hiller Computer

Music Studios

The Hiller Studios are an integral part of the study and presentation of new music in the Composition Area at the University at Buffalo. Student and alumni works are presented at concerts on campus, supported by the Center for 21st Century Music and the June in Buffalo Festival, as well as through leading international festivals and conferences.


The Lejaren Hiller Computer Music Studios are directed by Professor Cort Lippe in collaboration with Christopher Jacobs, Director of Music Technology.

The Lejaren Hiller Computer Music Studios of the University at Buffalo Department of Music strives to offer students knowledge and tools allowing them to work independently on research and compositional projects, including algorithmic instrumental compositions, electroacoustic/tape pieces, works involving real-time interaction, and multi-media works which make use of specialized controllers, video, dancers, etc. Courses are taught making use of the Max/Msp/Jitter~ environment. Pd, C-sound, ProTools, and a variety of other software is also available and widely supported. Fundamental concepts of psychoacoustics, acoustics, digital signal processing, computer science, digital audio theory, and electronic music history are covered. The Studios are equipped with the latest hardware and software. The main production studio has a nine speaker (plus subwoofer) Genelec system that can quickly be reconfigured via software (5:1, octaphonic, quadraphonic, etc.). Students have around-the-clock access to the studios.