sonic arts @ CU offers an interdisciplinary, collaborative, technology-focused collection of faculty members, classes, labs and ensembles designed for students with overlapping professional and artistic interests in composition, performance, computer science, new media, music technology and sound art. sonic arts @ CU integrates students and faculty across campus, with emphases in composition and performance (College of Music), digital fabrication, physical computing, and software design (ATLAS Institute), and critical media studies (College of Media, Communication, and Information).


BTU: The ATLAS Institute’s BTU lab is a hackerspace equipped with physical computing and digital fabrication hardware.

CRUNCH: The College of Music’s CRUNCH lab is a fully-featured electronic music project studio. It is optimized for computer music (including live interactive performance systems), as well as sound recording and editing projects and audio/video production.


BLOrk: The Boulder Laptop Orchestra, founded and run by John Gunther and John Drumheller. BLOrk integrates technology with improvisers in an ensemble setting, providing live interaction between the two.

BISoN: The Boulder Image and Sound Network ensemble composes music, designs interfaces, and incorporates gestural control from the iPad’s various sensors and performs with iPads.

Performance Spaces and Series:

CMAP / ATLAS Black Box: The ATLAS Institute’s Black Box Experimental Studio features digital technology for interdisciplinary performances that combine traditional and experimental media of all types, with work from students, faculty, and invited guest artists at the intersection of music, dance, visual art, theater, film, creative writing, new media, digital poetry, video production, digital cinema, and interactive audio and visual performances. The space is curated by the Center for Media, Arts, and Performance (CMAP).

Pendulum Series: The College of Music’s Pendulum music series is the premier venue for new music on the CU campus. An annual concert devoted to new electronic music invites prestigious guest artists to collaborate with CU students.