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Photo by Amelia Williams.

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

For More Information

Newsicon says new

  • Jan 25 New book! My Introduction to Computer Music is now available in paperback.
  • May 28 Audacity's 20th Birthday! After over 500M downloads, we've empowered countless users to create music, record podcasts, produce public radio, conduct research, and much more. I co-created Audacity with Dominic Mazzoni at Carnegie Mellon. Our first public release was May 28, 2000.

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.”

Dannenberg playing trumpet.
Photo by Alisa.
roger "dot" dannenberg "at" cs "dot" cmu "dot" edu