EARS Student Group


The Christmas ExpEARience

December 21, 2020

Throughout the second half of Fall Quarter 2020, the EARS Student Group worked on a collective project which involved students writing, recording, producing, mixing, and mastering eight Christmas songs for the holidays. Students also worked together to make Christmas-themed music videos from home for each song. 

The Christmas ExpEARience








Sound Imaginations

February 29 - March 8, 2020 – Culver Center of the Arts

Paulo C. Chagas presents his new sound and video installation Sound Imaginations in the Black Box of the Culver Center of the Arts. The installation creates an immersive environment with ambisonics 8-channel sound and multi-visual projection of 360-degree videos. Immersed in a full-sphere of surround sound and virtual reality, the audience experiences the diversity of listening cultures from different places of the world.

Metropolis Multi-Media-Event
Metropolis Multi-Media-Event
Metropolis Multi-Media-Event
Metropolis Multi-Media-Event


Absurd Biophony –360 Immersive Image and Sound

Work in progress

Absurd Biophony is an art and technology collaborative project by Paulo C. Chagas and the Brazilian flutist Cássia Carrascoza. It focuses on the creation of immersive audiovisual art, interacting with ecological and urban sound environments, and unconventional performance situations.

The project confronts the idea of biophony, which refers to the sound phenomena produced by living beings, the feeling of absurdity that emerges from the ambiguous relationship between humanity and the world: the impossibility of constituting the world as a unity and the very notion of historical progress, which has become a threat to biodiversity.

Our project is an artistic manifesto to accept the absurd as a conscious attitude of revolt, freedom and passion. Revolt is the perpetual confrontation between man and his own obscurity. The absurd freedom is an inner freedom, fruit of the attitude that celebrates the present moment and accepts things as they are. Nonsense requires an understanding of the world that is not logical but emotional, an existential attitude driven by passion.

The project explores new audiovisual technologies – 360 image and ambisonics sound — to produce immersive videos. We plan to create seven 5-minute videos (35 minutes total), which will be produced in two versions: one for digital platform, with 360-degree images and binaural sound; and another release for live events featuring live performance by Cássia Carrascoza with 5.1 surround ambisonics sound.

In Summer 2019, we recorded 360-degree videos with Cássia Carrascoza performing in the Trianon Park in São Paulo. These four videos are conceived as a pilot project to give insight on the possibilities of 360 images.

In Winter 2020, we recorded 360-degree videos and ambisonics sound at the Mojave Desert, near Twentynine Palms, California.

Metropolis Multi-Media-Event
Metropolis Multi-Media-Event
Metropolis Multi-Media-Event
Metropolis Multi-Media-Event


New Music for Silent Movie

November 16, 2018 – Culver Center of the Arts, Riverside, CA

Created upon visual material from silent movies or inspired by them, the interplay of filmic art and music composition is driven by the new possibilities of digital sound composition, electronic music and digital visual arts. 

Works by guest composers Beto Machado (Brazil) and Andrea Szigetvári (Hungary) and by UCR composers Jesse Blackburn, Ethan Castro, Christiaan Clark, Ashton Culbertson, Samuel Goble, Jessica Higdon, Teresa Luna, Brandon Nguyen, Jordan Osae-Brown, Maria Rivera Medina, Serafin Salazar, and Adam Wise. 

The Love Potion
The Love Potion audiovisual composition by Beto Machado on excerpts from the silent film Häxan [The Witch] 1922, by Benjamin Christensen.



Metropolis Multi-Media Event 

November 17, 2017 – Culver Center of the Arts, Riverside, CA

Gary Barnett, piano

The Metropolis Multi-Media Event follows the inspiration of Fritz Lang’s film Metropolis (1927) and his vision of large-sized ‘marriage of the arts’ while rediscovering the historical roots from which it arose – the interplay of filmic art and live performance. 

New audiovisual compositions by Alexander Pettai, Roberta Medina / Davi Valois / Bruna Cabral Walter Ruttmann / Antonio D'Amato Beto Machado, Ethan Castro, Christiaan Clark, Patrick Gibson, Francisco Rangel, Vitor Kisil, Lia Sfoggia / Guilherme Bertissolo, Johannes Birringer / Paulo C. Chagas 

Metropolis Multi-Media-Event
Metropolis Multi-Media-Event

Metropolis Multi-Media-Event, photos by Nikolay Maslov.


Dance, Percussion, Electronic Music and Visual Arts

Concert: March 17, 2017 – 8 pm – ARTS 166, Riverside, CA

Workshop: “The Body and Musicality of the Movement”

March 17, 2:10 – 3:30 pm – ARTS 166

Sophie Jégou, dance
Thierry Miroglio, percussion
Paulo C. Chagas, electronics

How does the body contribute to musical composition and understanding? How the body supports musical expression in contemporary music? French artists Thierry Miroglio (percussion) and Sophie Jégou (dance and choreography) in residence at UCR give insight in the creation and performance of new works for dance, dance, percussion, electronic music and visual arts. In the workshop, they demonstrate the process of developing a choreography based on the concept of musicality of the movement. In the concert they performed works by Christian Eloy, Bruno Mantovani and Gérard Grisey, and Paulo C. Chagas.

2017 Dance, Percussion, Electronic Music and Visual Arts
Students from Dance and Music took part in the workshop “The Body and Musicality of the Movement”.
Flame (2017) for percussion, live-electronics and dance by Paulo C. Chagas was pre-premiered at the concert “Dance, Percussion, Electronic Music and Visual Arts”.


Capoeira, Sound and Movement

Audiovisual installation and lecture by Guilherme Bertissolo and Lia Sfoggia.

February 15, 2017 – Center for Ideas and Society.

The event features a new work by Brazilian composer Guilherme Bertissolo and dancer Lia Sfoggia developed during their residence at EARS in February 2017. The audiovisual installation captures models of artistic creation emerging from poetic context of Capoeira, which illuminate significant aspects of Brazilian culture while establishing a broad artistic dialogue that includes also the critical reflection on digital audiovisual technology.


Trauma, Loss and Transcendence

Multimedia Event

December 1-2, 2016 – Culver Center of the Arts

Trauma, Loss and Transcendence is an event dedicated to the victims and survivors of this mass shooting, most of them inhabitants of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It presents an immersive and interactive sound/video installation by Martin Jaroszewicz and Paulo C. Chagas and the world premiere of pieces by Martin Jaroszewicz and Paulo C. Chagas performed by Stacey Fraser, soprano, and Just DeHart, percussion. The works address the grief, the trauma, and the loss of loved ones while proposing a path for transcending suffering.

Trauma, Loss and Transcendence
Soprano Stacey Fraser, Professor of Music and Director of Opera Theatre at California State University San Bernardino, performing at the event Tauma, Loss and Transcendence.
Trauma, Loss and Transcendence
Immersive and sound/video installation at the Culver Center of the Arts
Trauma, Loss and Transcendence
Martin Jaroszewicz performs the live-electronics of his work City in the Sea.
Trauma, Loss and Transcendence
Just DeHart, percussion and Stacey Fraser, soprano



A/R/T/ography of Sound

Residence Hans-Ulrich Werner

October 19, 2016 – Lecture at ARTS 157 (Wednesday@noon)

October 21, 2016 – “Sound Paths, Places, and Media”, a conversation with Hans-Ulrich Werner at the Center for Ideas and Society

Hans-Ulrich Werner is Professor of Sound and Media at the University of Applied Science Offenburg, Germany. For many years, he worked as radio producer and sound designer in the WDR Radio Cologne. His research fields include audio production and sound design, media arts, radio production, acoustic communication, soundscape and audiovisual composition. He is author of many books, films and sound compositions.


Music and Image

Compositions by Mark Zebrowski and Paulo C. Chagas for string quartet and film performed by the California Quartet

January 22, 2016 – Culver Center of the Arts (2nd Villa-Lobos International Festival)

Paulo C. Chagas Cotijuba (2016) for string quartet, electronic sounds and interactive visual projection celebrates the landscape of Cotijuba island located on the Amazon river in North Brazil.

Mark Zebrowski's Music for David (2015) was composed to accompany Fire, a short film written, directed and animated by David Lynch.

Music and Image
Music and Image
Music and Image
Music and Image
Music and Image
Music and Image

Music and Image at the Culver Center on January 22, 2016.

Music and Image
Paulo C. Chagas, California Quartet and Mark Zebrowski


Cotijuba (2016) by Paulo C. Chagas
Cotijuba (2016) [video version] by Paulo C. Chagas


Electroacoustic and Multimedia Compositions

Lecture by Nikolay Popov

January 20, 2016 – ARTS 166 (Wednesday@noon)

Nikolay Popov (1986), Russian composer and researcher, Associate Researcher at the Center of Electroacoustic Music (CEAMMC) of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, presented his compositions for electroacoustic music and multimedia.

Electroacoustic and Multimedia Compositions
Electroacoustic and Multimedia Compositions
Nikolay Popov presents his work for electroacoustic music and multimedia


Gravity and Grace: Mobile III

Composition by Paulo C. Chagas for cello, live-electronics and multimedia performed by Lars Hoefs, cello and Paulo C. Chagas, electronics and multimedia

January 30, 2015 – Culver Center of the Arts (1st Villa-Lobos International Festival)
September 8, 2015 – Centro Cultural São Paulo (CCSP), São Paulo, Brazil
January 13, 2016 – ARTS 166 (Wednesday@noon – 2nd Villa-Lobos International Festival)
January 14, 2016 – All Saint’s Episcopal Church (2nd Villa-Lobos International Festival)

Gravity and Grace: Mobile III is part of a cycle of three pieces inspired both by the book Gravity and Grace by the French mystical philosopher Simone Weil (1909-1943) and the mobiles by the American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976). The composition seeks to express the tension produced between heaviness and lightness, gravity and grace. The interactive visual projection processes pictures of prison and torture.

Gravity and Grace: Mobile III
Gravity and Grace: Mobile III
Gravity and Grace: Mobile III
Gravity and Grace: Mobile III
Gravity and Grace: Mobile III
Gravity and Grace: Mobile III
Gravity and Grace: Mobile III

Premiere of Gravity and Grace: Mobile III on January 30, 2015 at the Culver Center; Lars Hoefs, cello and Paulo C. Chagas live-electronics and interactive visual projection

Gravity and Grace: Mobile III on September 8, 2015 in São Paulo


Iconic Polyphony

Composition by Paulo C. Chagas for piano and live-electronics performed by Gary Barnett, piano; and Paulo C. Chagas, live-electronics

Premiere on December 5, 2015 – All Saint’s Episcopal Church

Premiere with dance on June 8, 2016 – Culver Center of the Arts (Faith Jensen-Ismay, dance)

Iconic Polyphony, a 45-minute work for piano and live-electronics (8-channel surround sound) by Paulo C. Chagas, was composed for the exhibit "Icons in Transformation" by the Russian artist Ludmila Pawlow and performed by Gary Barnett at that All Saint's Episcopal Church in Riverside. A second version of Iconic Polyphony with a new choreography conceived and performed by Faith Jensen-Ismay was premiered at the Culver Center.

Iconic Polyphony
Artwork “Icons in Transformation" by Ludmila Pawlow
Iconic Polyphony
Modular piano score of Iconic Polyphony
Iconic Polyphony
A 8-channel sound system surrounded the audience at the All Saint’s Episcopal Church
Iconic Polyphony
The 8-channel sound system was controlled from the center of the church
Iconic Polyphony
Gary Barnett performing Iconic Polyphony at the All Saint's Episcopal Church



In-Between: Music for Percussion, Electronics & Multimedia

Compositions by Paulo C. Chagas performed by Joaquim Zito Abreu, Los Angeles Percussion Quartet and Paulo C. Chagas

February 28, 2015 – Chapman University, Crean Recital Hall
February 26, 2015 – Culver Center of the Arts (Workshop and Concert)

Project of research, composition and performance of a multimedia event featuring four audiovisual compositions by Paulo C. Chagas for four percussion, live electronic music and interactive visual projection. With the Brazilian percussion artist Joaquim Zito Abreu and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet. In-Between explores the convergence of digital sound and image and the new possibilities of intermedia audiovisual composition with live music for percussion and live image projection. 


Electroacoustic Music Composition

Lecture by Igor Kefalidis

February 12, 2014 – ARTS 157

Igor Kefalidis, Honored Artist of Russia, Professor of Composition, director of the Center for Electroacoustic Music of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, presented his compositions for electroacoustic media and instruments.


Contemporary Brazilian Music for Voice and Percussion

Residence of the Brazilian Duo Materiales – Caroline De Comi, soprano and Joaquim Abreu, percussion. It included a lecture, a workshop and a concert featuring a program of Brazilian contemporary music for voice and percussion including four world premieres. Works by Aylton Escobar, Maurício de Bonis, Willy Correa de Oliveira, Gilberto Mendes and Paulo C. Chagas.

Lecture by Duo Materiales and Maurício de Bonis
January 22, 2014 – ARTS 157 (Wednesday@noon series)

Workshop by the Duo Materiales
January 22, 2014 – Culver Center of the Arts

Concert by the Duo Materiales
January 23, 2014 – Culver Center of the Arts

Duo Materiales
Duo Materiales



Contemporary Music for Piano, Percussion and Electronics

Concert by UCR faculty and Ph.D. students

May 31, 2013 – Culver Center of the Arts

Gary Barnett, piano, and Justin DeHart and Nicholas Terry, percussion performed works by Christian Dubeau, Tony Rasmussen, no.e Parker, Martin Jaroszewicz, and Paulo C. Chagas


Electroacoustic Music

Concert by Mary Lou Newmark

February 27, 2013 – ARTS 157 (Wednesday@noon series)

Mary Lou Newmark, electric violinist, composer and poet performed her music and discuss her compositional methods. As an artist of both music and words, Newmark continued to expand her creativity to include works for theater that combine the performing arts to explore social issues.

Mary Lou Newmark


Impure Music: Brazilian Capoeira, Movement and Composition

Lecture by Guilherme Bertissolo

January 25, 2012 – ARTS 157 (Wednesday@noon series)

Guilherme Bertissolo spent a semester as visiting scholar at UCR (2011-09 to 2012-03) as part of his PhD research in Composition at the University of Bahia, Brazil. He conducted research at EARS and collaborated with UCR composers in many projects. Bertissolo’s research focused on Capoeira, a combination of dance and martial arts that has been developed in Brazil by West African slaves and its descendants and has been exported all over the world.

Impure Music
From left to right: Jason Heath, Martin Jaroszewicz, Guilherme Bertissolo and no.e Parker


Brain Waves Music

Concert by Luca Forcucci and Michael Kott

May 5, 2011 – Culver Center of the Arts (Wednesday@noon series)

Sound Composer and Luca Forcucci and cellist Michael Kott presented their collaboration along with works by UCR graduate students.

Brain Waves Music
Collaboration Lucca Forcucci and Micheal Kott
Brain Waves Music
Collaboration No.e Parker and Crystal Sepulveda


Perception and Places

Lecture by Luca Forcucci

May 4, 2011 – ARTS 157 (Wednesday@noon series)

Luca Forcucci presented collaborative projects and research on sound and perception.

Perception and Places


Telematic Music

Workshop on telematic music collaboration by Cynthia Payne, UC Santa Cruz

November 6, 2008 – ARTS 166 (Mellon Workshop on Affect, Technicity, and Ethics II)

Telematic Music


Another Now

Lecture by Chris Chafe, CCRMA, Stanford University

May 21, 2008 – (Mellon Workshop on Affect, Technicity, and Ethics II)

Very different concepts of "now" appear in network design and in human time perception, resulting in apparent paradoxes when we engage in temporally fine-grained actions such as playing music together over digital networks. What we expect to happen isn't always what we get, and the experimental data and qualitative experiences we are seeing in our work prompt introspection on the nature of time and hearing. What if we were to engineer a scheduler, or create artificial "music agents," using aspects of individual and ensemble temporal experience? Drawing on early work in time perception, and thinking forward towards advanced languages for media computing, this talk presented intersections between phenomenological approaches to time and hearing and some recent online experiences in distributed music performance. 


The Sound of the Electromagnetic Real

Lecture by Douglas Kahn, University of California, Davis

April 6, 2007 – HMNSS 1500 (Mellon Workshop on Affect, Technicity, and Ethics)

The incursion of the electromagnetic into Western culture in the last quarter of the 19th Century made sounds in which were heard molecules, the start of electronic music, outer space and the universe. Many of them were composed by the earth and sun, with telegraph and telephone lines conducting. Radio was discovered before it was invented, and the enjoyment of noise was avant-garde. 

Douglas Kahn is Professor at the National Institute for Experimental Arts at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He contributed with many books to the study of sound and is currently researching Energies in the Arts.


Sound, Environment and Connective Technology

International Symposium

May 11-12, 2006 – ARTS 166

The multidisciplinary symposium explored convergences among the arts, engineering, social and physical sciences and. It included a concert, video and sound installations, and a presentation of papers and abstracts by international scholars from a variety of areas such as acoustics, psychoacoustics, anthropology, psychology, semiotics, film studies, computer science, engineering, ethnomusicology, sound art, digital arts, and electroacoustic music.