activities of the Center are based on five interrelated areas of
work: continuous training; creation; research; production, and
promotion. In this way, the Center is able to provide students,
teachers, researchers and artists, at different stages of their
artistic and professional development, with options for
specialization and renovation of knowledge. It is also able to
provide work environments that would allow them to develop new works
and projects within a framework of critical and constructive
the teaching of new technologies applied to the music and sound, the
CMMAS develops this area in the following academic offerings:
in Sound Creation with New Technologies:
Using a permanent open call format, this Certification (Diploma)
offers an intensive program of study, that using multiple
perspectives (musical, technological, artistic and creative),
complements the knowledge and experience of the students, allowing
them to gain experience and develop professional links in a high
Program for Young Composers in the Area of Electroacoustic Music
With annual editions, this program offers a space for the generation
of creative projects, reflection and professional development,
including the use of new technologies in musical creation. Since
2006, and based on a nation-wide call, the scholarship recipients of
this program attend classes and tutoring with outstanding artists
that guide their creative process, and have their creations
presented in important concerts and forums in Mexico.
the CMMAS teaches the subjects of Music
and Technology I and II
to students from a Degree in Composition program offered by the
University from Michoacan San Nicolás de Hidalgo (UMSNH) and by the
Conservatory of Las Rosas.
specialists, guests and residents of the CMMAS, teach non regular
open classes to the public, based on the needs of the academic
community of the Center, or the specific needs of the institutions
that request them.
taught by invited specialists of national and international
prestige, such as Javier Álvarez, Christophe Desjardins, Francis
Dhomont, Ana Lara, Mario Lavista, Philippe Manoury, Gabriela Ortiz,
Åke Parmerud, Miller Puckette, Denis Smalley, Alejandro Viñao,
Trevor Wishart and Wojtek Pilichowski, among others.
The Center participates in different spaces for the promotion and
study of music, such as festivals, congresses and forums, both
national and international. In these spaces the Center participates
through presentations on various topics and interests, and with the
products of the research conducted at the institution. Outstanding
among these, the significant number of conferences made within the
frame of the International
Festival of Music and New Technologies “Sonic Visions”
the Center has started a series of seminars with the purpose of
addressing issues of interest related with the new projects in
progress. With the aim of promoting dialogue in topics related to
the arts and the creative processes, these activities are free and
open to the public.
in cooperation with National School of Music (UNAM) and other
national and international institutions, the Center offers academic
support to students pursuing Masters and Doctorate degrees.
Additionally it offers a program that invites and houses foreign
fundamental part of the Continuous Formation of the CMMAS is its
Academic Council. Integrated
by experts in different areas, its main function is to support,
evaluate and validate selection processes of candidates for
scholarships; supervising the effectiveness and relevance of programs
and academic activities; as well as to propone and foment vital
strategies of work.
the main option in Mexico for music and sound production with new
technologies, the CMMAS provides the spaces, human support and the
technical resources necessary for those who use sound as the main
material for their works, providing the adequate environment for the
development and consolidation of individual and/or group projects.
The offerings in the area of the creation are:
support structures for Mexican and foreign artists are available
with the purpose of fomenting the creation through residencies and
commissions. The Center can even offer accommodations with around
the clock access to its studios.
for Festivals and Academic Programs: in
order to encourage and contribute to the increasing quality of the
creative works developed
in the field of the music and sound arts, the CMMAS permanently
opens calls for its festivals and academic programs.
of New Works: commissions
are solicited to
relevant creators in cooperation with different institutions,
ensembles, and performers, both national and international, with the
intention of fostering the composition of new works to be included
in the programs organized by the Center, and to promote more
learning opportunities for its students.
a nodal point linking Mexico with the rest of the world in all
matters related with music and the sound arts, the Center
collaborates with the development of networks of creators through
international programs as the Latin American Network of Sound Arts
(www.redasla.org), and the
Mexican Association of Sound Arts.
the Center, in partnership with the Secretary of Culture of the
State of Michoacan (SECUM); the National Fund for the Culture and
Arts (FONCA), and in collaboration with several other institutions,
provides differnt types of support and scholarships for Mexicans and
foreigners such as the support given for the International
Festival of Music and New Technologies “Sound Visions,”
for young composers in the Area of Electroacoustic Music “Flight
and the Certificate
of Sound Creation with New Technologies, among
the constant pursuit of innovation and the implementation of recent
technologies, as well as the generation of new knowledge and the
reflective practice about it, the CMMAS not only supports residents
and external researches, but also constantly generates its own
research projects. The objective is to promote theoretical and
practical research about topics related to the creation,
interpretation of new works, sound analysis, as well as pedagogy and
new technologies, among many others.
following are some of the research activities currently supported by
development of theoretical work for later broadcast in different
physical and virtual spaces in Mexico and abroad, as for instance
the works published in the Centers own specialized journal “Sonic
development of interactive applications for education, visual and
sound communication, which particularly favor the creation of active
publics through high technology resources.
Center makes unique, high quality creative projects such as books,
magazines, CDs and DVDs, as well as online productions like
downloads, applications for mobile devices, tutorial videos, podcasts
and conferences. These are some of the products generated, edited and
published by the CMMAS:
and DVD’s which present new ways of using sound and new forms of
contemporary expression. These CD’s and DVD’s and promote the
work of some of the leading artists in the field, and in several
instances are the result of our own programs of creation and
publications that allow students, artists, and the general public to
become familiar with new ideas and points of view about sound and
about musical works from different perspectives (historical,
aesthetic, philosophical, technical):
biannual publication dedicated to electroacoustic music and to the
sound arts. The magazine aims to stimulate, generate and disseminate
information on the activities and developments in the area,
promoting the interaction among composers, singers, researchers and
sounds, both in English and Spanish.
“Max/MSP, Programming Guide for Artists”:
the first text in Spanish that facilitates the understanding of this
essential tool from a detailed and yet creative perspective,
offering clear solutions for projects of any level of complexity.
“Compositional Strategies in the Electroacoustic Music”: which
one of the main challenges of the current sound creator, the
systematic investigation of the multiple relationships between
materials and their constructive potential in the frame of the
the productions of CMMAS, as well as some additional materials
produced by institutions or artists associated with the Center are
available online in the
store of CMMAS (www.cmmas.org/store.php).
Center disseminates innovative proposals in music and sound arts
through festivals, concerts, publications, productions, recordings,
encounters and various other activities, with the aim of publicizing
the artistic production and the investigation in Mexico and abroad,
and making it available to the whole community.
the more relevant activities we can mention the following:
Festival of Music and New Technologies “Visiones Sonoras”
its first edition in the year 2005, this event aimed at establishing
links among artists and students; encouraging the creation of works
that integrate the use of new technologies; fomenting an enriching
network between specialists; disseminating new works and research,
and generating new audiences.
recitals open and free to the public, which aim to expose the
community to a wide esthetic and artistic variety.
a program which aims to create audiences through the involvement of
children and youth with electroacoustic music, its processes,
perceptions and results as they are offered directly from
Spaces for Connectivity: through
Center offers services that aim to connect the general public to
information and educational materials through the approach to
contemporary music, sound art and the appreciation of their own
environment. These spaces aim to the professional development of the
local arts and the community (academics, creators, viewers and
cultural managers, among others).
audio format, to listen online (www. cmmas.org) with the aim of
publicizing specialized content.
since 2006, as a result of research and experiments carried out in
the CMMAS, different the theoretical and practical works (in various
areas) of at least 20 Latin American countries (and from other parts
of the world) have been presented in different venues.
designed to offer easy access to all information of the Center
(activities, classes, research, etc.), this site includes an
important collection of visual and sound materials with a great
education potential and direct access to the Center´s media
library. In the site it is possible to find the updated version of
the news, activities, and national or international calls in the
topic. It is also able to receive individual and/or
group projects and texts for the magazine Sonic