Mara Helmuth

Mara M. Helmuth


Professor of Composition

Memorial Hall


CCM Composition - 0003

Professional Summary

Mara Helmuth, Professor, is a composer with special interest in electroacoustic and computer music and research. Her compositions have received numerous performances in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. Her recordings are on Esther Lamneck's Tárogató Constructions (Innova), Open Space CD 33 Benjamin Boretz 9x9Sounding Out! (Everglade, 2010), Sound Collaborations, v. 36 of Centaur Records Consortium to Distribute Computer Music Series (CRC 2903, 2007), Implements of Actuation, including collaborations with Allen Otte (Electronic Music Foundation EMF 023), Open Space CD 16 and the 50th Anniversary University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios commemorative collection (2008). She created two interactive installations for the SinoNordic Arts Space in Beijing and one for Teach and Tour Sojourners in Kampala, Uganda. 

She has participated in research involving virtural reality, granular synthesis, object-oriented and graphical user interface programming, Internet 2 performance applications and wireless sensor networks for musical performance. She has created the composition applications StochGran and Patchmix, and the internet improvisation application Soundmesh. Her articles concerning computer and electronic music have appeared in the Journal for New Music Research, Perspectives of New Music, Computer Music Journal, and Computers and Mathematics with Applications, and a chapters in the monographs Analytical Methods of Electroacoustic Music (Simoni, ed.) and Audible Traces (Barkin and Hamessley, ed.).

Helmuth has received grants from the University of Cincinnati University Research Council, the Tangeman Sacred Music Center, Open Meadows Foundation, the Brazos Valley Arts Council and Texas A&M's Associate Provost for Computing. Dr. Helmuth plays the piano and tennis. 

She has been on the board of directors of the International Computer Music Association and Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States, and served as ICMA President.


DMA: Columbia University New York, NY,

BA and MM: University of Illinois Urbana, IL,

Research Support

Grant: #Project Agreement Investigators:Helmuth, Margaret; Vogel, Craig 08-01-2012 -07-31-2013 Live Well Collaborative, Inc. Duchossois: Chime Development Role:Collaborator $30,022.00 Active Level:Private Non-Profit


Book Chapter

Mara Helmuth (2006 ) Barry Truax’s Riverrun Analytical Methods of Electroacoustic Music .(pp. 187).New York, Taylor and Francis


Invited Presentations

Mara Helumth (2010. ) Wireless Sensor Networks and Computer Music, Dance and Installation Implementations .International Computer Music Conference, San Francisco, CA. Level:International

Mara Helmuth (2008. ) Intercultural Exploration .International Computer Music Conference, Level:International


Mara Helmuth (2010. ) Wireless Sensor Networks and Computer Music, Dance and Installation Implementations .San Francisco, CA. Other Institution. Level:International

Mara Helmuth (2008. ) Intercultural Exploration .Other Institution. Level:International

Other Information

Recent Performances

  • Expanding Space - Timothy Northcut, tuba
    • Sonic Explorations, CCM, Univ Cincinnati, Nov 15, 2010
    • Faculty Recital, CCM, Univ Cincinnati, Oct 25, 2010
    • International Tuba Euphonium Conference, Arizona State Univ, May 27, 2010
  • Butterfly Mirrors (improvisation 1 for clarinet)
    • Performance Time Arts Series, Towne Hall, College Hill, Cincinnati, Rebecca Danard, clar, Nov 12,13, 2010
    • Guest Artists Recital/Sonic Explorations, CCM, Univ. Cincinnati, Esther Lamneck, clar, Elizabeth McNutt, flute, Oct 6, 2010
    • Sonic Explorations, CCM, Univ. Cincinnati, Rebecca Darnard, clar, Apr 20, 2010
  • LIfting the Mask - video
    • (Em)powered by Deep Listening, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, Aug 5, 2010
    • International Computer Music Conference, Stony Brook University, Jun 3-4, 2010
    • Festival of Women Composers, Indiana Univ Pennsylvania, Mar 19, 2010
    • Sounding Out!, Roulette, New York City, Jan 23, 2010
    • Sonic Explorations, CCM, Univ. Cincinnati Apr 21, 2009
  • String Paths - graphic score realizations
    • Accent Festival, CCM, Univ. Cincinnati, Allen Otte, percussion, Soundmesh, Jun 12, 2010
    • Intermedia Festival, IUPUI, Indianapolis, Soundmesh Internet2 Improvisation, Apr 24, 2010
    • Sonic Explorations, CCM, Univ. Cincinnati, Internet2 Improvisation with Columbia U, Scott Deal and Charles Nichols Apr 15, 2008
    • Sam Houston University, TX, Apr 20, 2007
  • Dragon of the Nebula - tape, Judith Mikita, choreography
    • Miami University, OH, Apr 24, 25, 2010
  • Abandoned Lake in Maine - tape
    • Arts Now Series, North Carolina State University, Mar 8 2010
  • Butterfly Within
    • Accent 2009 Festival, CCM, Univ. Cincinnati Jun 18, 2009
    • Next Wave 2008, Korean National Univ of Arts, Seoul, Nov 15, 2008
    • Korean Electroacoustic Music Festival/SICMF, Seoul, Nov 11, 2008
    • Gallimaufry, Birmingham Art Music Alliance, Unit. Univ Church, Birmingham, AL
  • On Your Mark...
    • CCM Ballet Ensemble Spring Concert, Univ. Cincinnati, May 29, 30, 31, 2009
  • The Man and the Moon - Alan Bern, accordion
    • Society of Electroacoustic Music in the US, Fort Wayne, IN, Apr 16, 2009
    • New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Queens College, Apr 3 2009
    • International Computer Music Conference, Sonic Arts Research Center, Belfast, Aug 2008
  • Where Is My Voice? 
    • Columbia University Computer Music Center, Apr 7, 2009
    • Music From NYC EMF, Stony Brook Univ, NY
    • 8th Annual New Music Festival, California State Fullerton, Mar 21, 2009
    • New Music Festival, Ball State University, Muncie IN Jan 31, 2009
    • Performance Time Arts Series, College Hill Towne Hall, May 2,3, 2008
  • bugs and ice: a Question of Focus
    • Earfest, Stony Brook Univ, NY Mar 5, 2008
  • No. 7 for gyil and computer, Allen Otte, gyil
    •     Performance Time Arts Series, College Hill Towne Hall, May 2,3, 2008
    •     North Carolina Comptuer Music Festival, NCSU, Raleigh, NC, Feb 25, 2008
    •     Allen Otte Percussion Recital, Bellevue Church, KY, Feb 1, 2008

Recent Publications

  • Recordings:
    • Lifting the Mask on Sounding Out! Everglade Records, 2010
    • Where is My Voice? on 50th Anniversary Unviersity of Illinois Experimental Music Studios commemorative collection CD, 2008
    • Sound Collaborations, CD, Centaur: Consortium to Distribute Computer Music, v.36. CRC 2903, 2007
    • Meeting the Free Dreamer on Open Space CD 16, 2004
    • Implements of Actuation, with Allen Otte, Electronic Music Foundation DMR 023, 2001
  • Score:
    • String Paths in Notations 21, MarkBatty Publishers, 2009
Other Activities
  • International Computer Music Association
    • President, 2008-2010
    • Best Paper selection panel, 2010
    • Music juror, 2009
Recent Commissions
  • Butterfly Mirrors - Tornado Project (2010)
  • The Birds - Concert Nova (2010)
  • Hidden Mountain - SinoNordic Arts Space, Beijing (2007)
  • StochGran - granular synthesis software (OSX)
  • Soundmesh - Internet2 improvisation, RTcmix-based
  • RTcmix instruments for granular synthesis