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Roger B. Dannenberg

Professor of Computer Science, Art & Music
Carnegie Mellon University

Office: 7003 GHC, 412-268-3827
Fax: 412-268-5576
Email: rbd at
Assistant: Christina Contreras

Master of Science in Computer Science
Master of Science in Music and Technology

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  • Dec 15, 2017 La Mare dels Pexios, opera performance by the original cast, piano version, Valencia, Spain
  • Dec 15-19, 2017 Workshops and Lectures at Universitat Politecnica Valencia, Spain.
  • Dec 12, 2017 Wallace's Tap Room, 123 N. Highland Ave. Bartlett Street (Jazz Quartet), 7-9pm.
  • Dec 2, 2017 The Edgewood Symphony “A Holiday Pops Extravaganza”: music by Holst, Bernstein, Ellington, and more; Walter Morales, conducting.

  • Nov 6, 2017 The Mother of the Fishes, Act I (opera), performance in Puebla, Mexico, by ITESM. (Also presenting a workshop on computer music there.)
  • Oct 23-28 Keynote speaker at ISMIR 2017, The 18th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, Suzhou, China.
  • Oct 15-22 Presenting a paper at ICMC 2017, the International Computer Music Conference, Shanghai, China.
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Courses Taught

Research Interests

  • Computer Music: sound synthesis, interactive performance systems, music representation, music understanding.
  • Real-Time and Multimedia Systems: especially the problems of constructing reliable, modular, complex interactive systems.
  • Computer-Based Instruction: using Instructional Design concepts and Multimedia for practical, large curriculum, effective instruction systems.
  • Research description from the CMU CSD Faculty Research Guide


True story:

In Pittsburgh called to interview me. At one point the reporter asked if “Roger Dannenberg, trumpeter” would be right, and I said “trumpeter, composer, computer scientist, whatever you want.” The reporter got excited, ”ooh, I like that, ‘trumpeter, composer, computer scientist’. They may edit out ‘computer scientist’ but I'll put it in anyway.”

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