Audiovisual designs for Music 256a

@ Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Autumn quarter, 2018


Saturnia is an audio visualizer implemented in C++ and OpenGL. The video for saturnia shows a narrative of the birth, life, and death of a fictional planetary body with audio. Go here to view the video and full documentation.


GlowSeq (pronounced "glowseek") is an audio sequencer programmed in Unity, ChucK, and Chunity, that allows the user to change the pitch and speed of playback for preloaded audio samples. Go here to view a video of it in action and full documentation.

VIDEO INSTALLATIONs for kamuna 2018

@ ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, DE, August, 2018

Audiovisual installations by Barbara Nerness (visuals) and Benjamin Miller (audio) for KAMUNA 2018 on August 4th, 2018.

Audio is primarily bass, so please wear headphones (not earbuds) when watching the video.

Audio was remixed from live-streamed performances by Lasse-Marc Riek, Lintu + Royk, KITeratur, and No Input Ensemble. Videography by Jürgen Galli.



final project for Music 255 @ Stanford University, Spring quarter, 2018

Relate is an instrument, a composition, and a performance. The instrument is made out of a Leap motion and programmed in Max/MSP using the granular synthesis patch from Wekinator. Additional drones were created using FM synthesis in ChucK.



The score shows the gestures available to the player. However, it does not specify any other information, as it is meant to be left open to interpretation. Performers could choose a starting position and travel only to adjacent squares.


an intermedia performance piece, 2018

This audiovisual work began during my Intermedia Art course at Stanford in Winter quarter 2018. All sounds, words, and visuals were created by myself, except for the aerial background footage, which is from FBI surveillance helicopters during the 2015 Baltimore protests for Freddie Gray.

Please wear headphones when listening to the track below, as it is a binaural mixdown of a 23-channel dome.

Performed at the CCRMA Open House on the CCRMA stage (Stanford University), February 8th, 2018.

Final Project Performance for Intermedia Workshop at CCRMA stage (Stanford University), March 15th, 2018.



Barbara Nerness

This piece was recorded in October 2013 at The Integratron, an acoustically shaped dome, in Landers, CA. Movement II was released in Issue No. 5: Field Guide by Mudthroat Records.


Karte Kinski

Karte Kinski was a four-piece band led by myself. We formed in 2011, performed around the Bay throughout 2012, and recorded an album in January 2013. You can listen below and buy cassettes or CDs over on bandcamp!

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