Sound and music computing

MTI congratulates doctoral graduate Neal Spowage

"CLASS OF 2017: Graduating with a PhD is music to Neal's ears"

"Almost 20 years after first setting foot on campus, Neal Spowage is delighted to have scored a doctorate from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)."'s-ears.aspx

Next Generation Sound Synthesis at the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre

CCRMA-Stanford University - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 01:02
Date:  Tue, 02/28/2017 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm Location:  CCRMA Classroom [Knoll 217] Event Type:  DSP Seminar

Abstract: The NESS project (standing for Next Generation Sound Synthesis), funded through a Starting Grant from the European Research Council for five years beginning on January 1, 2012 is an exploratory project, concerned entirely with synthetic sound—and in particular, numerical simulation techniques for physical modelling sound synthesis in parallel hardware. It is a joint project between the Acoustics and Audio Group and the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre, both at the University of Edinburgh. The models developed in the course of the project span a large set of systems, including brass, cymbals and gongs, percussions, guitar/fretboard interaction, bowed strings and large 3D room acoustics simulations.

FREE Open to the Public

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Festival Présences "Kaija Saariaho, un portrait"

INA-GRM - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 14:29
10 Février, 2017 - 19 Février, 2017

Rétrospective Kaija Saariaho – 26 œuvres au total –, depuis les premiers opus écrits en France jusqu’aux toutes dernières compositions parmi lesquelles 3 commandes de Radio France : True Fire (2014), Light Still and Moving (2016) et Trans (2016).

Le programme du Festival sur le site de Radio France

L' Agenda du GRM

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Hauan and Urstad: SPRANG

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 14:16

ISPRANG is a composition of sound that transforms into light and activates a pattern of optical fibres. The installation uses the window towards the sea as a reverberating surface, so that parts of the sound can be heard from the square outside Visningsrommet.

SPRANG can be experienced February 3rd – 19th at Visningsrommet USF, in a version made especially for this room. BEK has been consultant for the sound work, and the installation has been set up with BEK’s equipment.

The exhibition opens Friday February 3rd at 18.00 -20.00, and will be opened by Gunnar Danbolt. See Visningsrommet USF’s website for opening hours during the exhibition period.

Utgangspunktet for verket SPRANG er hentet fra gammel kunnskap. Her møter den urgamle, tekstile teknikken sprang lydlige fenomen som overtoner, lydbølger og vibrasjon basert på Pytagoras’ teorier om akustikk og geometri. Sprang som tekstil teknikk har vært kjent i Norden helt fra bronsealderen. Den er en måte å konstruere et stoff på ved bruk av oppspente tråder og kan minne om en enkel form for vev hvor det kun er renning.

Maia Urstad og Hilde Hauan har siden 2007 samarbeidet om en rekke fiberoptiske lydinstallasjoner, med visninger på blant annet Lydgalleriet i Bergen, Intervall – Bergen Rådhus initiert av, Article Biennalen i Stavanger, Sogn og Fjordane Kunstmuseum, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum og SOFT galleri i Oslo.
Utstillingen i Visningsrommet USF er den tiende i rekken og markerer også at det er ti år siden deres første felles utstilling på Kaunasbiennalen fant sted ved Nasjonalmuseet i Kaunas i 2007.

Hilde Hauan er fra Tromsø og arbeider i Bergen. Hun er kunstner og professor på Fakultet for kunst, musikk og design, UiB.Hun har utstillingserfaring fra en rekke land.

Maia Urstad bor og arbeider i Bergen. Hun har bak seg en lang rekke audiovisuelle utstillinger i inn- og utland, sist på Radiorevolten i Halle, Tyskland og ved Foundation PROA i Buenos Aires. ´

Utstillingen er støttet av Norsk Kulturråd, Hordaland fylkeskommune, BEK – Bergen Senter for Elektronisk Kunst og KHiB.

Photo credit: Svein Ove Kirkhorn

Time and place:
  • Visningsrommet USF - 03/02/2017 to 19/02/2017

Off the Page - the music festival without music - at Landmark January 27-28th

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 11:01

Have you ever been to a concert and felt that the conversation you had at the bar about the music was just as interesting as the music on stage? Off The Page turns down the volume on stage and directs the spotlight to the conversation.

At Landmark in Bergen Kunsthall you will meet musicians, writers, composers, critics and artists who gather to talk about and explore ideas around music – why it means so much and how it can make a difference in our lives.

The aim of Off The Page is to bridge the genre gaps and focus on the ideas behind and around music. The festival is structured as a live version of the music magazine The Wire, with talks, lectures, panels and performances. We also present a set of relevant films about music and a rich, alternative music market.

The programme includes talk on sleeve art by Rob Young, an elegy to FM by Maia Urstad, performance lecture on the Radiophonic Workshop with Thora Dolven Balke, a Tony Conrad documentary screening, The Wire DJs and more. See the full program at nyMusikk’s website.

Off The Page in Bergen is arranged by nyMusikk and The Wire, in collaboration with Bergen Kunsthall and Landmark.

MTI presents: Vibez Project

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

Vibez Project: Vibraphone & Electronics feat. Simon Limbrick

Wednesday February 1st, 7pm, DMU PACE

A very special concert, featuring outstanding percussionist Simon Limbrick and the UK premiere of a new work by MTI's very own Bret Battey!

A performance-based project focused on the vibraphone, incorporating extended playing techniques, alternative compositional processes and technologies, including responsorial sound, visual media and sound diffusion. Each of the works in the programme explore a different approach to composing for the vibraphone.

Works by Battey, Limbrick, Stockhausen, Carpenter, Stewart, Vitkauskaite, Owen, & White.

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

MTI celebrates: 50 Years of John Richards

MTI's first concert of 2017 was a celebration of '50 Years of John Richards', our beloved colleague, teacher, and friend. The concert included new works composed for the occasion by Leigh Landy, Andrew Hugill, and James Andean, as well as a wonderful range of performances from MTI staff and students, past and present, including the Man of the Hour himself.

Here are a few photographs from the evening:

Adaptive mixing of noisy and robust beamformers for enhancement, visualization and reproduction of sound fields

CCRMA-Stanford University - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 01:19
Date:  Thu, 03/02/2017 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm Location:  CCRMA Classroom [Knoll 217] Event Type:  DSP Seminar Speaker: Symeon Delikaris-Manias , PhD candidate (advisor Ville Pulkki), Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics, Aalto University, Finland
FREE Open to the Public

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Vibeke Sorensen: From Global Visual Music to Transmodal Transmedia Art

CCRMA-Stanford University - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 19:42
Date:  Wed, 02/01/2017 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm Location:  CCRMA classroom Event Type:  Guest Colloquium Film, video art, and audio-video synthesis of the 1960s and 70s developed over the following 4-5 decades into high resolution 3D computer animation and diverse forms of physical-digital art of the 2000s. ‘New media art’ today is quickly developing into a diverse, hybrid form of transmodal tranmedia art that includes digital photography and film, computer animation, music, sensors, wireless devices, social networks, VR and DIY. Bio-art and eco-design are emerging as further developments bridging technology and sustainability. This talk will discuss related ideas and artworks of Vibeke Sorensen produced along this trajectory with focus on her recent works informed by her experience of living and working in Asia. FREE Open to the Public biography-main_profile-image-291x300.jpg

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Participation in the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Phonos project - UPF - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 10:32
Saturday, 2017, February 11 - 11:30

On February 11th we will participate in an event within the framework of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, in which we offer the workshop Joc/ So/ Cosa part of Sons de Barcelona project.

Information and registration here



Towards conversational speech synthesis - Experiments with data quality, prosody modification, and non-verbal signals

KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 22:32

Time: Thu 2017-01-19 15.00

Location: Fantum, Lindstedtsvägen 24, plan 5, KTH Campus

Type of event: Licentiate Seminars

La musique est un jeu d'enfant

INA-GRM - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 16:53

François Delalande

Avec la collaboration de Jack Vidal et de Guy Reibel

Ce livre de référence pose les bases de l’« éveil musical », enrichi de l’analyse de centaines d’expériences pédagogiques menées par des éducateurs de toute la France. Il a pour but d’aider non seulement les enseignants mais aussi les parents et les puériculteurs de crèches.

Après avoir traité les différents problèmes que rencontre un éducateur – quels instruments construire ? Faut-il dessiner des partitions ? Doit-on aboutir à la réalisation d’une œuvre ?... –, l’auteur décrit les étapes d’une progression pédagogique en s’appuyant sur de nombreux exemples concrets.

Nouvelle édition 2017 dans la collection Musique Buchet Chastel

Launching of Future DiverCities

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:35

As one of the key partners in Future DiverCities, it is with great pleasure BEK invites to the opening of Future DiverCities. The launch will take place at the digital art festival Chronique in Marseille on January 29. The launch features a strong artistic program, where amongst others HC Gilje shows his light installation In Transit X in Alcazar Library in Marseille.

Future DiverCities acts as an incubator for cultural innovation and new practices in creativity by stimulating risk taking through the creation of artworks in challenging urban environment. An important part of Future DiverCities is the holistic program by the 10 key partners hosting creative labs.

More about the launching event and Chronique
More about Future DiverCities

Time and place:
  • Marseilles - 29/01/2017 to 30/01/2017

Eide Bøen and Sletteland: The Table Turns

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:24

Did you miss The Table Turns during Oktoberdans 2016, or want to see the performance again? On January 28 og 19 you have the chance to see it at Wrap!

Karen Eide Bøen and Roar Sletteland have created a dance performance for four turntables and a dancer, where they examine the relationship between body, sound, turntables and room. The Table Turns is about freedom and power on the dance floor. It’s about LPs, stored movement, solidified vibrations and sound that revived matter.

I The Table Turns er danseren utstyrt med bevegelsessensorer og kontrollerer platespillerne ved hjelp av disse. Platespillerne er modifisert slik at hastigheten kan justeres trinnløst i begge retninger, og stiften flyttes mekanisk til ulike steder på platen. Utviklingen av systemet har foregått på BEK.

Danseren danser og spiller på en gang, noe som skaper en situasjon der musikken er resultat av bevegelsene. Paradoksalt nok medfører denne kontrollen et tap av frihet, en radikal innsnevring av bevegelses-mulighetene. Siden danseren er avhengig av å danse frem det hun skal danse til, vil dans og musikk skape og motarbeide hverandre i samme bevegelse. Ved å snu forbindelsen mellom lyd og bevegelse stiller forestillingen spørsmål om forholdet mellom individ og fellesskap, om maktforholdet mellom dans og musikk, og spenningen mellom dans som kunstform og dans som sosial aktivitet.

Konsept/dans: Karen Eide Bøen
Konsept/elektronikk: Roar Sletteland
Dramaturg: Gulli Sekse 
Scenografi: Apichaya Wanthiang
Scenografisk assistent: Markus Moestue 
Lysdesign: Leo Preston
Assistent lysdesign: Dominique Pollet 
Produsent: Gulli Sekse

Forestillingen ble første gang vist på Oktoberdans 2016. Den er et prosjekt i BIT-Teatergarasjens Intro-serie, og er co-produsert av WRAP og BEK.

Støttet av Norsk Kulturråd, Bergen Kommune og FFUK

Time and place:
  • Kunsthuset Wrap - 28/01/2017 to 29/01/2017

Lillebostad and Vaage: For stadig å bli

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:34

“For stadig å bli” is a choral piece for 15 separate voices, made by Sissel Lillebostad and Knut Vaage. The piece concerns listening and distance, and is based on a recording from a concert in Bergen Public Library, where the choir Gneis performed “For stadig å bli” for a wandering audience.

“For stadig å bli” can be heard at Lydgalleriet, and opens Friday January 20 at 19.00 The piece has been edited in BEK’s sound studio by Thorolf Thuestad.

Under konserten på Bergen bibliotek høyrde songarane berre ein eller to av dei andre i framføringa. Songen vandra slik mellom dei som ein forsinka impuls, skubba vidare med ørsmå endringar. Ei og ei stemme song, nesten isolert, sin del av partituret. For at stykket skulle fungera måtte kvar songar anstrengja seg hardt for høyre kva som kom frå dei andre. Installasjonen fordeler dei 15 stemmene gjennom like mange høgtalarar. I biblioteket kunne ingen høyre heile verket, på Lydgalleriet er sjansen større, men stemmene vil ikkje kunne høyrast likt, samstundes. Alt avheng av kor du står.

Kunstnerisk konsept: Sissel Lillebostad
Komponist: Knut Vaage
Lyddesign: Thorolf Thuestad
Lydmateriale: Opptak av kammerkoret Gneis under leiing av Tore Kloster

More about the installation and opening hours at Lydgalleriet’s website

Prosjektet er støtta av Norsk Kulturråd, Bergen Kommune og BEK.

Time and place:
  • Lygalleriet - 20/01/2017 to 05/02/2017

Lillebostad og Vaage: For stadig å bli

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:34

“For stadig å bli” er et korverk for 15 adskilte stemmer, laget av Sissel Lillebostad og Knut Vaage. Verket omhandler lytting og avstand, og baserer seg på opptak frå en konsert i Bergen bibliotek, der koret Gneis framførte “For stadig å bli” for et vandrende publikum.

“For stadig å bli” kan høres på Lygalleriet, og åpner fredag 20.januar kl 19. Verket har blitt redigert i BEKs lydstudio av Thorolf Thuestad.

Under konserten på Bergen bibliotek høyrde songarane berre ein eller to av dei andre i framføringa. Songen vandra slik mellom dei som ein forsinka impuls, skubba vidare med ørsmå endringar. Ei og ei stemme song, nesten isolert, sin del av partituret. For at stykket skulle fungera måtte kvar songar anstrengja seg hardt for høyre kva som kom frå dei andre. Installasjonen fordeler dei 15 stemmene gjennom like mange høgtalarar. I biblioteket kunne ingen høyre heile verket, på Lydgalleriet er sjansen større, men stemmene vil ikkje kunne høyrast likt, samstundes. Alt avheng av kor du står.

Kunstnerisk konsept: Sissel Lillebostad
Komponist: Knut Vaage
Lyddesign: Thorolf Thuestad
Lydmateriale: Opptak av kammerkoret Gneis under leiing av Tore Kloster

Prosjektet er støtta av Norsk Kulturråd, Bergen Kommune og BEK.

Time and place:
  • Lygalleriet - 20/01/2017 to 05/02/2017

Tony Kelman and Lindsey Kuper: Introduction to the Julia language and ParallelAccelerator.jl

CCRMA-Stanford University - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:42
Date:  Wed, 01/18/2017 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm Location:  CCRMA classroom Event Type:  Guest Colloquium Introduction to the Julia language FREE Open to the Public

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Sounds of nature at the city

Phonos project - UPF - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:11
Sounds of nature at the city

Urban Nature Sounds is an educational project, for environmental awareness and citizen participation. From experiential workshops, we propose the participants to explore the sound environment of some urban natural spaces within the city of Barcelona with the objective of discovering the biodiversity present in the city, understanding the coexistence between natural and urban spaces and generating environmental awareness in Citizenship through these participatory activities

Open enrollment:   The workshops will take place during two periods: winter and spring. They are open to all and are free.   The first workshops are already open:

First session:

Workshop 1: 26/2/2017 de 9.30h a 13.30h al Parc de la Ciutadella (aquest taller està pensat especialment per a famílies)

Workshop 2: 8/3/2017 de 9.30h a 13.30h a Montjuïc

Workshop 3: 11/3/2017 from 9.30h to 13.30h at Parc de la Ciutadella

Second session:

17/3/2017 from 17.00h to 19.00h: Joint session for participants of the workshops 1, 2 and 3.

What are the workshops?

FIRST SESSION: Field work (Parc de la Ciutadella o Montjuïc).

The first part of the workshops consists of presenting the characteristics of the spaces in which the activity will take place, and also presents the dynamics of the activity: objectives, sounds that can be found and tools to be used. Portable recorders and headphones will be distributed among the participants and the operation will be explained in order to do augmented listening and recordings. The registration cards will also be distributed, which contain the itineraries and serve to record the data corresponding to each recording that is made.

The participants, following an itinerary led by the trainers of the workshops, who will orient them on the sounds that can be heard, and will ask for attention in some concrete sounds. Some directed listening and recording exercises will be performed and from there participants will decide which sounds they consider relevant and will record them with the recorders. After each recording, they will note the location where the recording was made and the description of the sound on the recording binnacle. The trainers will give specific information on the animal species that will be listening and will share information cards of these species.

SECOND SESSION: Audio editing and uploading to in order to create a sound map. (Universitat Pompeu Fabra).

This part will take place in a classroom of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, who collaborates in this project. Participants will listen to the records they have made and decide which are the most relevant and interesting. The sounds will be edited for inclusion on the website. Depending on where they were registered, the sounds are geolocated and automatically placed on a map. The sounds are shared under Creative Commons licenses so that they are accessible to other people and can be reused. As a result, a sound map will be created, which will be added to the Phonos website along with all the workshop information.   This second session is optional, all participants of the tallers of the first session can participate.   What to do to register?   To register, you must write an email to: indicating: name and surname, ID and contact number, as well as the number of the workshop you wish to attend. Places are limited and admission will be made by order of registration.   Once received the registration it will be confirmed by email, including also additional information of the activity.


Eloïsa Matheu (trainer): Biologist expert in sounds of nature. Long career as a nature sounds recordist, has produced a wide collection of CDs with animal sounds and concerts of nature, as well as sonorizations of centers of natural spaces. She imparts workshops to get to know the nature by its sounds. At the moment she works in the Fonoteca of the Museum of Natural Sciences of Barcelona and participates in different scientific projects related to Bioacoustics. 

Ilaria Sartori (trainer): Doctor in history and analysis of musical cultures, specialized in working with sounds. She teaches workshops on creating sound maps and is part of diverse groups that work in sound and creativity.

Organized by:

Fundació Phonos & Music Technology Group (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

With the support of:

Diputació de Barcelona


CANCELLED - “ ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ ˮ - a workshop with Andrew M. McKenzie

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 12:20

Due to health issues this workshop unfortunately is postponed.

“ ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ ˮ is a workshop/training resulting in a 14 hour performance, which itself is a coalescence and practical demonstration of the techniques and strategies developed during the preceding days.

This workshop and performance will show you what you know, and what you don’t know that you know!

“ ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ ˮ is the culmination of roughly 35 years active research, mistake making, experiment and application of and into techniques and practices of development over a wide range of human endeavor by Andrew M.Mckenzie, the founder member of The Hafler Trio.

As life in the modern world quickens, shallows, intensifies in quantity and not quality, having the tools to take control of perception means that you can deal with situations which until now, you thought were beyond your power to control, leading to a place where the deepest desires and their manifestation in the world are available in a state of real Freedom.

“ ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ ˮ is a workshop dealing with techniques for Time Distortion, Hypnosis, Power Focus, Deep Concentration, and new ways of thinking fused with the best of the old. At the end of the week, you will be using a set of tools that will be the difference that makes the difference in your life, whatever you do, and you will be equipped to take part in an unprecedented performance using the techniques you have learned lasting 14 hours – taking you to places that you never actually even thought about dreaming of!

Andrew M. McKenzie, core of The Hafler Trio, Instructional Designer, Hypnotherapist, Mood Engineer and Maker of Strange Things guides you through the processes that will allow you to take control of the power in your life, from the basics to indications of where the advanced may well lie for you. Drawing on over 30 years of experimentation (learning painfully so you don’t have to), research, practice and practical implementation with a wide range of disciplines and techniques dealing with the REAL issues of power and control, a new relationship from a new set of perspectives with Technology and the Self becomes not only possible, but extremely desirable.

No musical training or technical knowledge necessary.

“ ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ ˮ is open to all willing participants.

Practical info

The workshop takes place at Bergen Kjøtt Monday to Friday 10:00 – 15:00.

The workshop concludes with a 14 hour durational performance distributed over several of the spaces at Lydgalleriet/Østre, starting Friday at 18:00 and ending Saturday morning at 08:00. 12 hours of the performance from Friday 19:00 to Saturday 07:00 are open to the audience, while the first and final hours of the performance are exclusive to the workshop participants.

This workshop and performance is produced in collaboration between BEK, Bergen Kjøtt, Lydgalleriet and Ny Musikk Bergen.

Sign up

Sign up by sending a mail to with the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • E-mail
  • Phone number

The workshop is free.

Andrew McKenzie

British artist Andrew M. McKenzie was born in the UK in 1963. As a teenager at the epicentre of punk culture in the late 1970s, he brought his budding interest in art and sound together in a project that would have nothing to do with frustrated rock n’ roll or political sloganeering. The project, called “The Hafler Trio”, bloomed in the early 1980s as a platform for McKenzie’s groundbreaking explorations of sound, music and esoteric spirituality. The project as such still exists some 30 years later on and has gone through many different phases and collaborations, often based on impressions of the locations where he’s lived, like the Netherlands, Iceland, Denmark, Estonia and, most recently, Latvia.

With album titles like Fuck, Masturbatorium, I Never Knew That’s Who You Thought You Were, A Thirsty Fish, Being a Firefighter Isn’t Just About Squirting Water, Three Ways of Saying Nothing, and a book title like Plucking Feathers from a Bald Frog, it isn’t hard to sense some kind of kinship with surrealism and Dada in McKenzie’s work. In 2009, he even recorded his own version of Tristan Tzara?s classic song La Chanson Dada.

In the early 1980s, writer William Burroughs and painter Brion Gysin were enthusiastically revived and revered by a new generation of artists not only inspired by a romanticized Beatnik lifestyle but also by the magical theories behind the experimental writing and art. The symposium The Final Academy in London in 1982 showcased these gentlemen in an apprehensive environment that in many ways acted as a springboard for pushing their ideas onwards. For Andrew McKenzie, meeting these icons led to his developing a do-it-yourself Dreamachine kit in collaboration with Gysin and others.

In the mid-2000s, McKenzie developed a concept called “Complementary Education” or “Complemation”. Integrating composition, recording and performing with hypnosis and efficiency techniques in a group setting, he has successfully organised several of these events or workshops in different countries. Instead of working with these separate fields of interest, he has merged them and invited others to join in. The resulting pieces of music from each session are used later on as fundamental building blocks in future workshops. Thereby creating, in theory at least, an endless piece of music.

Time and place:
  • Bergen Kjøtt / Lydgalleret - 13/02/2017 to 18/02/2017
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