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SC08 Music Initiative

SC08 recognizes the music lovers in our community and their contribution to the high performance computing industry. And, since Austin is dubbed the "live music capital of the world," SC08 is the perfect venue for the Music Initiative.

The Initiative encompasses both technical and social aspects of the conference, providing attendees a wide range of music-oriented experiences.

Components of the Initiative include:

Technical Program

World-renown experts in the field of computer music are participating in various components of the technical program. Xavier Sierra, known for his work in sound and music computing is presenting a half-day tutorial on Monday; David Wessel (Director, Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at UC Berkeley), premiers Concurrencies (commissioned for SC08), rendered live on an 8-core MacPro at a Masterworks session on Tuesday; and Diemo Schwartz and other panelists from around the world are discussing how high performance computing is changing the face of computer music in a Panel session on Friday. Please check the conference program book or view the technical program section of this web site for details.


A ViSCi-Tune (pronounced vizzy-tune) is a scientific visualization with added sonification (sound or tunes) that associates the sounds with the algorithms being visualized. The aim is to provide the viewer better insight and understanding of the science and engineering being modeled and displayed. 

The Music Initiative invited scientists and programmers who create visualizations of their models and simulations to add or integrate music. We used this collection of submitted visualizations to create the first-ever ViSCi-Tunes Library.

The ViSCi-Tunes Library is hosted by and available over SCinet for viewing and listening over the conference wireless network and externally on the Internet. During the conference you can browse the playlist from laptops, iPhones, Blackberries, etc.

Music Room

The SC08 Music Room provides you, as a conference attendee, whether you play or just want to listen to others play, a venue where you can take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to relax and re-energize during the conference.

The Music Room is located in Meeting Room 3 (lobby) of the Austin Convention Center (near Exhibit Hall 3, Trinity Street entrance).

Click here for the schedule of who’s playing daily.  There are some slots still open, so if you’d like to play, send email to music@info.supercomputing.org and someone will get in touch with you.

Digital Vibrations: Is it Real?

Want to win a Garmin nüvi 350 GPS Navigator? Then come play Digi-Vibes in the Music Initiative Informationbooth. Digi-Vibes tests your ability to identify songs that were generated by computer or composed acoustically. Can you tell the difference?

There are no requirements for playing---just come to the booth, select a laptop, put in your earplugs and begin. And it will only take you five minutes to play. Your score will be automatically tabulated, and you will be notified via the email address you submitted if you are the winner. In case of a tie, we’ll use a computer printout of email addresses to draw a winner.

Music Initiative Information Booth

Need more information about the Music Initiative? Stop by the booth.  We’re showing all the ViSCi-Tunes (sonified scientific visualizations) in HD on a 50” flat screen.  

And, we have a special gift for you just for stopping by. But supplies are limited so don’t delay.

The booth is open daily at the following times:


12 pm - 4 pm
10 am - 4 pm; 7 pm - 9 pm
10 am - 6 pm
10 am - 6 pm
10 am - 4 pm

The Music Initiative Information Booth is located in the lobby of the convention center (near Exhibit Hall 4 at the Trinity Street entrance).

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