Sound and music computing

MTI presents: Thieke/Marino duo

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17#LoveInternational concert series presents:

Thursday March 16th, 2017
7pm, PACE

Michael Thieke – clarinets
Luigi Marino – zarb, bowed cymbals, objects

The duo Thieke/Marino is an improv group that started in Berlin in 2016. Drawing from a reductionist aesthetic, the dialogue between the two musicians develops from the most unusual and hidden details of sound. Metal resonances and air columns set in vibration inside a clarinet, sounds barely audible emerge from the background to take a predominant role, gradually showing all their potential and unexpected paths to convey intuitive decision making.

PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
Start time 7pm
Free entry

Artist presentations by Zeno van den Broek, Jan Willem Hagenbeek, Tijs Ham & Birk Nygaard

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 14:06

During the first three months of this year Dutch sound artist Tijs Ham has been collaborating with Bergen visual artist Birk Nygaard during a residency at USF Verftet supported by BEK. On the 26th of March, this collaboration will be premiered at Landmark alongside a performance by Zeno van den Broek presenting his new audiovisual piece Shift Symm. In the same weekend Jan Willem Hagenbeek from Ginkosynthese will host a workshop in Bergen Public Library.

With so many “electronic” artists visiting Bergen it seems inevitable to bring them together at BEK where they will talk about their works and engage in conversations about their approaches and artistic ideas.

The doors open at 14.30, presentations start at 15.00
There will be served free dinner!


Zeno van den Broek
is a Dutch-born, Copenhagen-based composer and artist. His work is focused on space, time and architecture. Van den Broek utilizes immaterial and temporal means such as sound, acoustics and projections to create site and concept specific works. This trans-disciplinary method has a strong conceptual foundation, which enables Zeno to comprehend and express the richness and complexity of spatiality.

During his presentation, Zeno will dive deeper into the concepts and insights that lay at the heart of his piece Shift Symm and show how composing with sine tones and white noise as primary building blocks can lead to powerful sonic experiences.

Jan Willem Hagenbeek
has been performing for 14 years. As he has been interested in the technical side of musical instruments since he was a young kid he experimented a lot with self building instruments like opening and modding electronic organs. As part of his musical evolvement Jan Willem was on a personal search for what he wanted in
his modular system, which led to his first designs for modular synthesizers as Ginkosynthese.

During his presentation, Jan Willem will present two of his latest modules and talk about how he can incorporate them into his mobile modular setup.

Tijs Ham
is a soundartist from the Netherlands. Next to his work for STEIM he has an artistic practice that focusses on the musical expression of chaotic processes. After several residencies at BEK and many other institutions, Tijs will spend the first three months of 2017 working on the project ‘Refract / Recurse’, during a residency at USF Verftet.

Birk Nygaard
is a renowned light and video artist in Norway. He develops visual designs for different expressions on stage – be it a concert, theatre or dance. He makes
installations and initiates projects within art performance. His works have been displayed at Bergen Kunsthall and by Raff Design and he has worked with festivals such as Ekko on
a number of occasions.

During their presentation, Birk & Tijs will talk about their piece Refract / Recurse and discuss their ideas on creating abstract audiovisual experiences that take audiences on a experiential journey.

Here’s the link til the Facebook-event Refract/Recurse on March 26th


Zeno van den Broek
Jan Willem Hagenbeek
Tijs Ham & Birk Nygaard

Time and place:
  • BEK, C. Sundtsgate 55 - 27/03/2017 15:00

Reading Lee Todd Lacks

CCRMA-Stanford University - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 23:39
Date:  Tue, 05/30/2017 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Concert An evening of unseen theater with poems by Lee Todd Lacks (US) performed by Adrian Ciglenean (RO), Olga Berar (RO), Constantin Basica (RO), and Alex Chechile (US).   Citit În (translated Reading) is a performing arts laboratory based in Bucharest, Romania that has been developing an informal interdisciplinary research on the poetics of senses since 2011. The activity of the laboratory is generally split between workshops and public presentations, generating performance concepts with a syncretic and immersive character. Sensory education for youth and adults stands at the core of the laboratory’s mission both for educational and entertaining purposes.
  FREE Open to the Public

Labyrinth Theater - Workshop

CCRMA-Stanford University - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 23:32
Date:  Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:00am - 10:00pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Other
Labyrinth Theater - Workshop

Artists in any discipline and computer programmers are invited to participate in the creation of an immersive and interactive maze of theatrical performances inside and outside of the CCRMA building. The one-day workshop will take place on the CCRMA Stage and will culminate with an evening event open to the public.

An info session will be held on Thursday, May 18 at 3PM in the Listening Room.

Instructors: Olga Berar and Adrian Ciglenean (RO)

More info to follow...

FREE Open to the Public

Ramani Duriaswami on Creating Scientifically Valid Spatial Audio for VR and AR (Special Thursday Seminar)

CCRMA-Stanford University - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 17:43
Date:  Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm Location:  CCRMA Seminar Room Event Type:  Hearing Seminar The exploding popularity of augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) have driven new interest in getting 3d sound right. This means rendering an accurate 3d sound field that fully immerses *anybody* that uses the system. Perhaps 3D audio is ready for the big time now.
FREE Open to the Public

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Beat Tracking with a Cepstroid Invariant Neural Network

KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 23:00

Time: Fri 2017-03-10 15.00 - 17.00

Location: Fantum, Lindstedsvägen 24, 5th floor

Type of event: Seminars

MTI presents: Experimental Turntablism - James Kelly + Robert Curgenven

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

Experimental Turntablism: James Kelly + Robert Curgenven
Wednesday March 15th, 7pm
Sue Townsend Theatre, 16 Upper Brown Street, Leicester

MTI PhD candidate James Kelly is presenting a concert at the Sue Townsend Theatre (old Phoenix). This will be an audio visual show with a headline performance from Australian composer Robert Curgenven.

Further Details:

Robert Curgenven: Speculative Pataphysics

Three turntables, custom-made oscillators, 1930s acetates, custom-cut dubplates and a whole lot of bass - polyrhythmic phasing in light and sound brings your whole body and the surrounding space into a face-melting physical constellation. Projections powered directly by the sound use Edwin Land's (inventor of Polaroid sunglasses and Polaroid photography) work with colour shadows to create a head-wrecking synaesthetic experience with the spontaneous production of colours and patterns which may or may not be there. Warning: flickering lights, loud sounds, strong low frequency pressure.

Robert Curgenven is an Australian artist living in Cork, Ireland who sculpts air with sound. His work uses sound as a physical field of perception to encourage us to consider our physical experience of sound through our bodies, the space they inhabit and also the psychological shaping of time and duration by the auditory. For him sound is weather and his work entreats us to feel and hear air. His live performances, installations and album releases span pipe organ through to feedback, immersive resonances via turntables and custom-made vinyl, as well as carefully detailed field recordings from remote areas in Australia where he lived for many years. The Wire surmises that “behind the music lurk such [disparate] presences as Alvin Lucier, King Tubby, Murray Schafer and Eliane Radigue.”

From beginnings 35 years ago as a classically trained organist the past ten years have seen him release work on labels such as LINE, The Tapeworm, Winds Measure and his own Recorded Fields Editions. Curgenven has performed extensively across Australia and Europe, including Maerzmusik festival (Berlin), TodaysArt festival (Den Haag), Ultrahang Festival (Budapest), Sonic Acts (Amsterdam), Cork Film Festival, Lausanne Underground Film/Music Festival, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art (Gdansk), Leipzig Gallery for Cont. Art, Northern Territory Centre for Cont. Art (Darwin) as well as residencies in Milan (O’), Venice (Forte Marghera), Rotterdam (Worm), Berlin (Transit Lounge) and Alice Springs (Art/Land/Culture). He has presented sound, audiovisual and sculptural work in group exhibitions for Transmediale (Berlin), 10 Years of Microsound (Diapason Gallery, New York), National Film & Sound Archive (Australia) and galleries throughout Australia & Europe including National Gallery of Australia (Canberra) and a solo exhibition at Centre for Contemporary Art, Torun (Poland).

James Kelly

As a turntablist for the last 15 years, James Kelly's music explores the remixing of vinyl using DJ scratch techniques for the creation of new music. The project presented at the Sue Townsend Theatre takes his compositional approach in new directions by utilising a disc cutting lathe - a machine which is traditionally used in the manufacture of records. The mechanism and limitations of the lathe itself are used as an artistic tool to shape the music. The performance is created using three turntables to mix music which Kelly has cut to vinyl using a range of experimental disc cutting techniques that alter the timbre of sound recordings. Part performance, part exhibition, the work is presented is an audio visual performance in collaboration with The Lab Visuals. Live video feeds are mixed together making the compositional process accessible to the audience.

In 2009 Kelly was selected by UK Young Artists to represent the UK at the Young Artists Biennale in Skoje, Macedonia. Other notable performances include; Tate Modern, Modern Art Oxford, New Art Exchange, Nottingham and The Avenue Gallery, Northampton.

DIY Musical Instruments Workshop

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 10:50

Learn to build an instrument and customize it: The DIY-instrument can function as synth voice, as a lo-fi sample player or 8 bit drum machine.

The workshop is a collaboration between Bergen Public Library and BEK – Bergen Centre for Electronic Art.

For this 2 day workshop with Jan Willem Hagenbeek & Steven Pickles, you will learn how to build, solder and customize the instrument, from both the inside and outside. The workshop is great for beginners who want to learn soldering to create their own instrument, but also for people who are a little bit more experienced as well as musicians that want to add extra sounds to their existing setup.

Example of the sound that can be created with the DIY instrument

Minimum Age: 16 years
Costs: 175,- for electronics/PCB. You get to keep your instrument!

Sign up by sending an email to

The workshop is a collaboration between Bergen Public Library and BEK – Bergen Centre for Electronic Art.

About the workshop leaders

Jan Willem Hagenbeek (NL) is an electronic musician that has been making his own instruments and DIY music equipment, and started out by modifying existing instruments. He also creates his own modular instruments under the moniker “Ginko Synthese”, based in the Hague, the Netherlands and is interested in the ‘what, how and why’ behind analogue instruments and electronics, utilizing trial-and-error based techniques.

Steven Pickles (AU), better known as “Pix” is a founding member of Hackerspace Adelaide, Australia where DIY knowledge & resources are freely shared and exchanged. He also works for ANAT the Australian Network for Art & Technology, and has an enduring fascination with all things geeky.

Time and place:
  • Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek - 25/03/2017 to 26/03/2017


CCRMA-Stanford University - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 04:14
Date:  Sat, 03/11/2017 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Other Please join us for an open rehearsal of Michael Sakamoto’s - Blind Spot. Combining autobiography, butoh and contemporary dance, video and a live digital soundscore by Christopher Jette, Sakamoto’s Bllind Spot explores intercultural identity and the need to follow one’s nature, even in traumatic times. Reflecting a passion for history, social justice and pop culture, Sakamoto traces personal episodes as an Asian-American, post-WW2 political events, America’s fraught relationship with Asia, and contemporary crises around corporate militarism. “We all have blind spots in our lives, mentally, emotionally, physically, and even socially and culturally,” states Sakamoto. FREE Open to the Public

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The Good, The Band, And The Bing

CCRMA-Stanford University - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 04:08
Date:  Fri, 03/17/2017 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Date:  Sat, 03/18/2017 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm Location:  Bing Concert Hall Event Type:  Concert Please join us as CCRMA presents 2 evenings of immersive multichannel music at the Bing Concert Hall. We will deploy the GRAIL (the Giant Radial Array for Immersive Listening), our full 3D surround speaker array. The concerts will include pieces by:

Friday 17th:
Maggi Payne
Roberto Morales
Fernando Lopez-Lezcano
Anders Tveit
Matt Ingalls
Cliff Caruthers
Thom Blum
Justin Yang

Saturday 18th:
Natasha Barrett
John Chowning
Fernando Lopez-Lezcano
Giles Gobeil
Daniel Perterson
Eoin Callery
The CCRMA Feedback Ensemble

Just bring yourself and your best ears!!!

FREE Open to the Public

Participation to Cultural Innovation event

MTG (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:01

The MTG will participate in an event about cultural innovation organized by Culture Institute of Barcelona City Council, that will take place on March 10th 4PM at More Information:  ¿Qué innovación en cultura queremos?

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Presentation of the artist in residence MTG-Phonos-MUTEK

Phonos project - UPF - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 15:19
Series: Thursday, 2017, March 9 - 19:00 9/3/2017 - 19.00h Mazda Space
Carrer del Comerç, 60
Barcelona Free admission  

As a result of the collaboration between MTG-Phonos-MUTEK for an artist in residence program, that this year has been  focused on the use of technologies developed in the frame of RAPID-MIX project, on March 9th the results will be presented at Mazda Space. The artist in residence is Lina Bautista and she has worked together with researchers of the MTG to create a work that will be presented in the frame of MUTEK festival, under the section DIGI_SECTION2.



MTI presents: Sonic Spaces - Mantis & MVG

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

Sonic Spaces - MANTIS & MVG
Wednesday March 8th 2017, 7pm, PACE

This project represents an exploration and discovery of sonic spaces with the bass clarinet center stage. Each piece takes its own shape and occupies a unique place in sonic space. Engage personally and emotionally in its sounds, but also understand the objective acoustic nature of each work. The sole aim is to create a point of departure, in order to provide and generate dialogue, discussion, and a way forward towards refinement and reinvention.
MVG presents works from her latest program ‘SS:ARs’ in which composers from NOVARS, the electroacoustic music department at the University of Manchester, & Mantis Manchester, bring you the cutting edge of research in the creation of electroacoustic sounds and music.

Music by Haruka Hirayama, Julián Ávila, Richard Scott, Falk Morawitz, Rosalía Soria, and Ricardo Climent

PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
Start time 7pm
Free entry

Sónar Innovation Challenge 2017: Call for Creators

MTG (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 11:44
This year the MTG is once again collaborating with the Sónar+D festival to organize the Sónar Innovation Challenge (SIC).  < More Information:  Sónar Innovation Challenge

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Special Issue in IEEE Multimedia Magazine

MTG (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 10:52

Emilia Gómez has co-edited, in collaboration with Cynthia Liem (TU Delft, The Netherland

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Participation to ICASSP 2017

MTG (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 09:41

Jordi Pons participates to the 42th International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP 2017) which takes place in New Orleans, USA, on March 5-9, 2017.

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Overview of Voice Research at Polito

KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 09:40

Time: Tue 2017-04-25 16.00 - 17.00

Location: Fantum, Lindstedsvägen 24, 5th floor

Type of event: Seminars

MTI presents: Visible Bits, Audible Bytes 2017

MTI proudly presents the grand finale of our Enhancement Week 2017:

Friday March 3rd 2017, 6pm
Phoenix, 4 Midland Street Leicester

The eighth annual Visible Bits, Audible Bytes brings stunning, genre-breaking audiovisual art to Phoenix. Stimulate the eye and the ear with fusions of new and old technologies that redefine the potentials of contemporary audiovisual art.

This year's event will include works by guest artist Bob Coburn (University of the Pacific, California), whose audiovisual productions reflect his passion for Japanese traditional music and arts. The programme will also feature works by Miriam Boucher (Canada), Line Katcho (France), Diego Capoccitti (Italy), Matthew Schoen (Canada/Holland), Raven Kwok/Karma Fields (China/USA), and Bret Battey (USA/UK).

Presented by DMU’s Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre.

Image credit: Raven Kwok / Karma Fields, 'Sweat'

Friday @ MTI Enhancement Week: Music Industry Info Share

An exciting opportunity for Music Tech students, as part of MTI Enhancement Week:'Music Industry Info Share’, Friday March 3rd 10:00-4:30, The Venue - DETAILS:10am Morning session signup;10:30am - 12noon
Room A - Tony Platt - Production & mix clinic.…Room B - Mark Cousins - Sound for picture in advertising.…1:30pm Afternoon session signup;2pm-3:30pm
Room A(B) - Industry insight Q&A
Alumni Guests:
Tom Bacon, Ioana Barbu, Thomas Dodds, Antony James
Industry Guests:
Tony Platt & Mark Cousins…3:30-4:30
Room A & B - Refreshments and networking. Prize draw for work experience/shadowing days.
All attendees will be entered to a prize draw to win:
Day work placements at:
- Bauer Media Recording Studios located in London.
Exciting opportunity to assist alumna Ioana Barbu producing and engineering sessions for varied station outputs.
- BBC Music Research and Development in London.
Exciting opportunity to assist alumnus Tom Dodds in developing/testing new online mixing tools and see the workings behind Six Music.
- Travel expenses will be covered by the University.

Espen Sommer Eide & Signe Lidén: 
Vertical Studies: Acoustic shadows and boundary reflections

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 14:28

During Borealis, Signe Lidén and Espen Sommer Eide present a new work utilizing a series of mobile meteorological music instruments and performative microphones. Using Fjell festning as a place, they investigate how sound is shaped by, and resonates in various environments.

The work is developed at BEK, and commissioned by Sonic Acts and Dark Ecology.

For Borealis, the artists will transport the audience to Fjell Festning, a German military fortress outside of Bergen, chosen because of its altitude and position, with winds coming in directly from the Atlantic. Sound movement through the atmosphere is affected by the wind, the open landscape and the winter temperatures, which can bend the wave front, causing sounds to be heard where they normally would not, or vice versa, creating acoustic shadows. The inside of the old cannon well is repurposed into a field laboratory to investigate sound at various altitudes. The participants on this journey will experience live vertical studies outdoors, and underground in the cannon well, as a descending vertical soundscape shaped by Sommer Eide and Lidén. The duo’s previous work, the critically acclaimed 2016 performance Altitude and History, was staged in the hills above Nikel, Russia. Leading the audience on a performative field trip, they delved into the connections between wind and sound at various altitudes and its connections vertically to layers of local history.

You have two options for experiencing Vertical Studies on Saturday March 11th:

1st Group at 14.00-15.15
Bus to Fjell Festning leaving from city center 13.00, back in Bergen 16.15

2nd Group at 15.30-16.45
Bus to Fjell Festning leaving from city center 14.30, back in Bergen 17.45

Buy your tickets for Vertical Studies at Borealis here

About the artists

Signe Lidén is an artist based in Amsterdam and Bergen. Her installations and performances explore man-made landscapes and their resonance. She is interested in how places resonate – in memory and matter, through narratives and as ideological manifestations. Her installations are often a combination of sound recordings from specific places and sculptural objects, where the material of the objects become ‘speakers’. Her work ranges from sound installations and performance to more documentary forms such as sound essays and archives. She has made works for Dark Ecology, Center for PostNatural History, VOLT, Resonance Sound Art Network, Hordaland Art Center, Kunsthall Oslo and nyMusikk, Touch Radio, and Interferenze New Arts Festival among others.

Espen Sommer Eide is a musician and artist based in Bergen. With his music projects Phonophani and Alog, he has composed and performed a series of experimental electronic works. As an artist his works investigates subjects ranging from the linguistic, the historical and archival to the invention of new scientific and musical instruments for performative fieldwork. His works has been exhibited and performed at Bergen Kunsthall, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Manifesta Biennial, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Stedelijk Museum, GRM, De Halle Haarlem, Bergen Assembly, Sonic Acts, Mutek, Performa and more.

Time and place:
  • Fjell festning - 11/03/2017 13:00
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