Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

Theatre of Music

40 Years Strong! 

Roger Dannenberg, Board Member 

Roger B. Dannenberg is Professor of Computer Science, Art & Music at Carnegie Mellon University. His compositions have been performed by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, members of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and at festivals such as the Foro de Musica Nueva, Callejon del Ruido, Spring in Havana, and the Conference on World Affairs.

Dannenberg is well known for his computer music research, and he has given keynote addresses at major computer and music conferences including the International Computer Music Conference, the International Conference on Music Information Retrieval, and the Acoustics Society of America. His current work includes research on computer accompaniment of live musicians, content-based music retrieval, interactive media, and high-level languages for sound synthesis. His pioneering work in computer accompaniment led to three patents and the SmartMusic system now used by tens of thousands of music students. He is also the co-developer of the Audacity audio editing software with over 200 million downloads.

Dannenberg held a patent for large-scale interactive games controlled by crowd noise, and these “stadium games” have entertained many NFL fans. Other innovations include the application of machine learning to music style classification and the automation of music structure analysis. As a trumpet player, he has performed in concert halls ranging from the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem to the Espace de Projection at IRCAM, and he is active in performing jazz, classical, and new works.