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Experimental Sound & Visual Art


Concert + cassette release!

Join us for the release of our cassette Constant Ballet and the premiere of a new audiovisual work Rare Earth for Desert Plant, with digital artist Sahir Khan.

The Rare Earth hypothesis states that complex life is the product of an intricate series of coincidental cosmic conditions. The unlikelihood for these precise circumstances to align suggests that intelligent life is rare elsewhere in the universe—if it exists at all. But perhaps complex life is more varied than we know to look for. It might even be all around us, undetected or simply unnoticed.

An audiovisual performance piece inspired by the emergence of organized systems in chaotic environments, Rare Earth for Desert Plant is a ritual plea for interstellar contact. Using augmented trumpet, modular synthesizers, interactive visuals, and ceremonial objects, a beacon for intelligent communication is formed and activated.


space is limited, so rvsp to save your seat



From Highway 101:

Exit at Embarcadero Road heading west. As Embarcadero crosses El Camino Real it becomes Galvez Street. On Galvez, turn left at the first stop sign, onto Campus Drive. Follow Campus Drive to Mayfield Avenue; turn right on Mayfield (and follow it as it curves left). At the end of Mayfield turn left on Lomita Drive. The Knoll is at 660 Lomita.

From Highway 280:

Exit at Alpine Road heading east. At the first traffic light, turn right onto Junipero Serra Boulevard. At the next traffic light, turn left onto Campus Drive West. At the stop sign, turn right onto Santa Teresa. Continue on Santa Teresa until the second stop sign, then turn right on Lomita Drive. Stay to the right on Lomita; the Knoll is at 660 Lomita.


Parking in front of and behind CCRMA is zoned for Stanford 'C' permits, Mon-Fri 6am-4pm (parking is free around the building all other times). The nearest visitor pay parking lot is at Tressider Union (campus map and Google Map), off Mayfield Avenue. 

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