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Roger B. Dannenberg

Professor of Computer Science, Art, and Music
Carnegie Mellon University

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

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  • Oct 15, 2016 The Edgewood Symphony “An American Dream”: Charles Ives, The Unanswered Question and John Williams, Five Sacred Trees and The Cowboys Overture, Walter Morales, conducting.
  • Oct 17, 2016 Soundcool has been awarded by SIMO Education 2016 within Best programming and robotics experience modality!
  • Dec 1, 2016 Kamraton performs "Separation Logic" for flute and computer, by Roger Dannenberg. Sarah Steranka, flute. Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, Lawrenceville. 7:30PM.
  • Dec 3, 2016 The Edgewood Symphony “American Holiday”: Bach, Magnificat and music by Hovhaness, Chadwick, Ellington, and Strayhorn; Walter Morales, conducting.
  • Dec 16, 2016 Valencia, Spain. World premiere of La Mare dels Peixos, a one-act opera co-composed with Jorge Sastre.
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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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