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.


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


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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.



April 11, 2017

Busy times for CHIME. Director Sam Pluta on tour with the Peter Evans sextet, Alican Çamcı and Igor Santos just finished performing Saariaho’s “Aer”,  and the Switch On! project is coming up.

Pictured above is a snapshot from Pierce Gradone‘s graphical cues, for his new piece Net(work), for violin, cello and piano/keyboard. The work is a collaboration between Pierce and UofC neurobiologist Dana Simmons, and will be premiered by the [Switch~ Ensemble] on May 14th, at Elastic Arts.



Five from Afar

April 3, 2017

CHIME is running electronics for Kaija Saariaho’s “Aer”, as part of UChicago Presents’ “Five from Afar” concert.

When: Sunday, April 9, 2017 – 3:00pm
Where: Performance Hall, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
More info here