The CHIME Studio (Chicago Integrated Media Experimental Studio) is a vital creative space in the Music Department at the University of Chicago. Directed by composer, improviser, and sound artist Sam Pluta, the studio is focused on creativity in the many realms of electronic music and its integration with other media.

Binary Canary’s “iterative systems” is released to critical acclaim

November 27, 2019

Graduate student Ted Moore is one half of the laptop-saxophone avant-improv duo Binary Canary (alongside saxophonist Kyle Hutchins). Their third album, iterative systems, came out in October and has been praised by audiences and critics alike. The entire project was recorded, edited, mixed, and mastered at the CHIME Studio. The album release event was held at Constellation, Chicago on November 3rd, as part of the Frequency Series.

Hutchins’s splurt, splatter, spunk, and spittle congeals throughout the spaghetti network of Moore’s tubes, feedback devices, no-input mixer, and Eurorack modules, yielding an ever-morphing nest of alien topographies that rattle the speaker cones in abject fury. This is a restless, dynamic, caustic recording whose ideas achieve critical mass the moment the disc is engaged, even during the quieter climes of “Alloy”, but that metallic sensation never resides too far off, as the duo maintain a rigorous tension and plangent atmosphere that’s just barely out of reach. Downtown Music Gallery

tech check for album release show @ Constellation, Chicago, Nov. 3, 2019

CHIMEFest 2019

April 6, 2019

The CHIME Studio presents CHIMEFest 2019, a meeting of electronics performers and improvisers from around the globe, with leading artists and researchers from the United States, the UK, and Europe.

Events on May 2 and 3 include concerts at 7pm each evening, as well as talks by local artists and guests during the day. See the full schedule below for details.

CHIMEFest 2019 is a collaboration between the CHIME Studio, the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition, and the Arts, Science, and Culture Initiative.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

10am-2pm – Talks Session 1

Anne La Berge –Devices

Jeff Snyder – Snyderphonics Genera: a DSP Eurorack module for rapid hardware prototyping

PA Tremblay – Fluid Corpus Manipulation: blurring taxonomies through creative convergences of practices

Alex Harker – FrameLib: A DSP framework for arbitrary size frame processing with arbitrary sub-sample accurate timing

7pm – Concert 1

Utter written and performed by Anne La Berge

Rage Thormbones – Weston Olencki and Matt Barbier, trombones

  • Matrix (for George Lewis) by Sam Pluta
  • new work by Baldwin Giang

Improvisation Set I – Lauren Sarah Hays – solo performance

Improvisation Set II – Ted Moore/Katherine Young/Weston Olencki/Matt Barbier

  • Ted Moore – electronics
  • Katherine Young – bassoon and electronics
  • Weston Olencki – analog synthesizer
  • Matt Barbier – trombone

Friday, May 3, 2019

3pm-6pm – Talks Session 2

Sam Pluta – LMI Version 4 – A New Approach to Multi-Dimensional Performance Software

Ted Moore – New Approaches to Machine Listening and Machine Learning based Composition in SuperCollider

Lauren Hayes –Beyond Skill Acquisition: Improvisation, Interdisciplinarity, and Enactive Music Cognition

6pm – reception

7pm – Concert 2

Improvisation Set III – Pedro Lopes – solo with turntables

Katie Schoepflin Jimoh, clarinet and bass clarinet

  • La rupture inéluctable by PA Tremblay
  • Fluence by Alex Harker
  • new work by Darlene Castro

Improvisation Set IV – Jeff Snyder/Anne La Berge/Sam Pluta/Ben Lamar Gay

  • Jeff Snyder – analog synthesizer
  • Anne La Berge – flute and electronics
  • Sam Pluta – electronics
  • Ben Lamar Gay – cornet


March 2, 2018

On April 5-6, CHIME hosts an exciting festival of electronic, electroacoustic, and multimedia works, featuring the Spektral Quartet and the pianist Daniel Pesca. The four concerts presented as part of the two-day festival include music by the graduate composers from the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, and Western Michigan University. The festival will conclude with a colloquium presented by Amy Cimini, Assistant Professor of Integrative Studies at the University of California San Diego, and a concert of music by Maryanne Amacher and Peter Ablinger presented by Daniel Pesca and Sam Pluta.

All events are free and open to public, and will take place in the Performance Penthouse at the Reva and David Logan Center at the University of Chicago, featuring an eight channel sound system. For more information, please contact:


Building Oscillators

November 16, 2017

Hackers of ‘Approaches to Live Electronics’ busy building circuitry!

Piece Her Together

October 16, 2017

This weekend, Igor Santos runs electronics for two major opera premieres by Ensemble Dal Niente: Eliza Brown’s “The Body of the State” and Katherine Young’s “When Stranger Things Happen”, both directed by Emmi Hilger.

WHEN: Friday, October 20, 7pm; Saturday, October 21, 7pm; Sunday, October 22, 3pm
WHERE: The EDGE Theater (5451 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640)

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“between spaces”

October 12, 2017

Chimer Igor Santos performed his work “between spaces” (for vibraphone, spatialized percussion ensemble, and electronics) this week, during the Logan Center for the Art’s 5th Anniversary Celebration. The piece was commissioned specifically for Logan’s woodshop and combines found shop objects, traditional percussion instruments, live electronics, synchronized lighting, and theatrics, to create an immersive and interactive soundscape.

Soldering for Cage!

October 4, 2017

Serious hacking going on as Approaches to Live Electronics students prepare for John Cage – Cartridge Music!


Tim Page Wins SEAMUS/ASCAP Prize

May 4, 2017

Tim Page, UChicago grad composer and CHIME regular, has just been declared a winner of the 2017 SEAMUS/ASCAP Award. The prize includes a commission for an electroacoustic work that will be premiered at the Society for Electroacoustic Music Conference in the Spring of 2018.

Mark your calendars

April 21, 2017


More info here

SuperCollider jam-out

April 17, 2017

Improv session through SuperCollider and external controllers.

Featured above are Electronic Music II students: Takashi Shallow, Ire Olagbami and Fran Levitin.