Sound and music computing

Matt Hoffman on a Learned Source-Filter Model of Speech

CCRMA-Stanford University - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 06:04
Date:  Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:00am - 12:30pm Location:  CCRMA Seminar Rooom Event Type:  Hearing Seminar We propose the product-of-filters (PoF) model, a generative model that decomposes audio spectra as sparse linear combinations of "filters" in the log-spectral domain. PoF makes similar assumptions to those used in the classic homomorphic filtering approach to signal processing, but replaces hand-designed decompositions built of basic signal processing operations with a learned decomposition based on statistical inference. When applied to speech, PoF discovers a source-filter representation of speech, despite its lack of any explicit prior knowledge about the mechanisms of vocalization. The PoF model can be used as a prior in more complicated models, permitting applications to problems such as dereverberation and bandwidth expansion.


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Code Week’s First Workshops

FRI - News and Events - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 23:00

Our faculty has been overrun by participants of the first Code Week workshops.

RoBoat Promotional Video

FRI - News and Events - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 23:00

Within the framework of the “A Creative Path to Knowledge” RoBoat programme, FRI and FE students developed specialized computer vision methods for autonomous navigation of a robot vessel produced by HarphaSea.

Galata Electroacoustic Orchestra at La Biennale di Venezia 2014

MTG (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:08

Last year the MTG participated on the project Galata Electroacoustic Orchestra (GEO), European Erasmus Intensive Programme, and as a resul

More Information:  La Biennale program

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Leicester Media School launch celebration

On Wednesday 5 November, DMU will be hosting an afternoon of special lectures and networking to celebrate the launch of De Montfort University’s Leicester Media School (of which MTI and MTP are a part).The event will include guest of honour Terry Bamber, a film production manager and Assistant Director who has worked on World War Z and the last six James Bond films.The Showcase event, starting at 3pm, is a great chance for MTI and MTP students to find out what students are doing in the other programmes in LMS — and perhaps find some collaborators!The order of events is:1.30pm Arrival1.45pm Official Opening, Bede Island, DMU campus2pm Special guest lecture by Terry Bamber3pm Leicester Media School showcase4pm Reception Trinity House, DMU campusBooking is essential, as places are limited. Please visit or call 0116 257 7500 to confirm your attendance and tell us of any dietary requirements. 

Musikkteknologidagene 2014

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 08:03

Institutt for Rytmisk Musikk ved Universitet i Agder ønsker velkommen til Musikkteknologidagene 2014, som i år vil foregå i Kristiansand 6. og 7. november.

SAK-prosessen vil igjen stå sentralt under Musikkteknologidagene, men det vil også være tid til et faglig program.

Vi tar gjerne imot bidrag til programmet, av faglig eller kunstnerisk karakter.

De som ønsker bidra kan melde fra om dette til Jon Marius Aareskjold ( som er ansvarlig for det faglige innholdet sammen med Alexander Jensenius. Det legges ikke noen spesielle føringer for temaer, men innlegg som tar for seg undervisning i Musikkteknologi er spesielt velkomne.

Seminarene vil foregå på UiAs campus og vil starte ca klokken 11 på torsdag og være ferdig ca klokken 16 på fredag. Det vil bli konserter og felles middag på torsdag kveld. Hotellpartner er Hotell Norge. Avtalepris oppnås ved å referere til Musikkteknologidagene.

Nærmere informasjon om program vil komme etterhvert.

Dette er en «åpen invitasjon». Dersom noen vet om andre som kan ha interesse av å være med på musikkteknologidagene er det bare å videresende invitasjonen.

Vi ser frem til å være vertskap for dere!


Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 08:02


RE-CREATE 2015 The 10th anniversary and sixth international conference on the histories of Media, Art Science and Technology

Hexagram, Concordia University and Université du Québec à Montréal in collaboration with Media@McGill and CIRMMT- McGill Montréal, Canada. 5-8 November 2015 Re-Create CFP Submission Site

Re-Create 2015, the sixth international Conference on the Histories of Media, Art Science and Technology will mark the 10th Anniversary of the Re conference series. Re-Create 2015 is devoted to exploring what theories, methodologies and techniques can be used to understand past, present and indeed, future paradigms of creative material practice involving technologies within research contexts from a historical and critical point of view.

The title Re-Create is an abbreviation for the term “research-creation”, part of a growing international movement which goes by many names: “practice-led research,” “research-led practice,” and “artistic research,” among others.

While the link between research and practice seems to be a new horizon, the media-based arts have long been at the intersection of the humanities, sciences, and engineering and present a critical site in which to take up the changing relationships between knowledge, power, and economy.

Research normally signifies modes of acquiring new knowledge that coherently and systematically advance a field and is grounded and validated by both social frameworks (peers) and existing bodies of knowledge. Similarly, research in conjunction with material practice demands that making be historically, theoretically and methodologically framed and valorized.

Re-Create 2015 seeks to interrogate the historical entanglement of research and making within a wide and diverse set of international sites, disciplines and contexts: from non-institutional creative research initiatives driven by artists and designers in the streets, to the labyrinths of industry funded research labs and universities. From unknown or ignored histories of research-based practices in Latin America, Asia and Indigenous communities to government funded initiatives, the conference will thus critically explore the ongoing and productive tensions between theory, method and making in the histories of media, art, science and technology.

Potential contributors to the conference should focus thematic panel sessions or individual papers on one of the following areas of concentration:

  • LAB STUDIES : Studies on how artists and designers have historically worked in industry, universities and collective, grass roots-based research environments
  • CURATORIAL ACTIONS AND PRACTICES : How have research paradigms historically entered into curatorial practices and how have they been framed, exhibited and articulated?
  • ANTI-INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH : Historical profiles of non-institutionally based research-driven explorations.
  • THEORETICAL FRAMEWORKS : How have theoretical paradigms in media, art, science and technology historically evolved structuralism in the 1960s or media studies to current work in affect theory, media archaeology, critical post-humanist approaches derived from STS, appropriation and remix aesthetics, feminist new materialism, queer and postcolonial studies, enactive and distributed cognition?
  • METHODOLOGIES : What can methodological tools emerging from the human and social sciences like ethnography, historiography, archaeology, genealogy and other qualitative techniques provide to the historical and critical positioning of practice?
  • INTERDISCIPLINARY INTERSECTIONS AND IMPACTS : Exploration of the formation and rise of interdisciplinary research fields (image science, sound studies, science studies, sensory studies, environmental studies) and their impact on the construction of media art histories.
  • DIGITAL HUMANITIES : What is the historical relationship between the digital humanities and the histories of media, art, science and technology?
  • SITES: How historically have sites of research and practice in media art, science and technology evolved outside of the predominant spheres of Europe and North America and what forms have they taken?


The conference program will include competitively selected peer-reviewed individual papers, panel presentations and poster sessions as well as a number of keynotes and invited speakers and a parallel satellite program of events with Hexagram partners including core cultural institutions in Montreal. In the interest of maintaining a concentrated conference program, there will be a series of plenary sessions as well as accompanying poster sessions. Each of the plenaries as well as the poster sessions will mix together scholars and practitioners representing different cultural perspectives. The conference will be held in English and French, with live translation.


Re-Create 2015 welcomes contributions from researchers, artists, designers, scholars and technologists working across diverse disciplines, sites and practices. We particularly encourage scholars and creators from international contexts outside of Europe and North America.


The conference will take place in Montreal hosted by Hexagram, the international network for media, art, design and digital culture ( It is the largest network of its kind in Canada and one of the largest internationally dedicated to research-led creative practices. Ten years after the inaugural Re-Fresh conference at the Banff New Media Institute in 2005, the return of the conference to Canada and specifically to Quebec, offers a pertinent context to address the evolution of research in the histories of media, art, science and technology ( conference will be held across the two core Hexagram sites at Concordia University and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). The venues are within walking distance from each other, centrally located in vibrant, downtown Montreal – the digital arts and culture capital of North America.


250 word abstracts of proposals, panel presentations and posters should be submitted in either Text, RTF, Word or PDF formats. Texts can be submitted in French and in English. The DEADLINE for submissions is December 7, 2014. Submitters will be informed by mid February 2015. INFORMATION about the submission process and general information can be found at: Re-Create Submission Site

Conference partners include Media@McGill, CIRMMT-McGill, Cinémathèque québécoise, DHC-Art, Elektra/ACREQ, Goethe-Institut Montreal and others to be announced.

Conference chairs and Hexagram Co-Directors: Chris Salter, artist, Concordia University Research Chair and Associate Professor, Design and Computation Arts, Concordia University (QC/CA/US/DE) and Gisèle Trudel (QC/CA), artist and professor, École des arts visuels et médiatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal.

Re-Create Local Organizing Committee: Thierry BARDINI, Barbara CLAUSEN, Ricardo DAL FARRA, Jean DUBOIS, Jean GAGNON, Alice JIM, Jason LEWIS, Jonathan LESSARD, Louise POISSANT, Chris SALTER, Cheryl SIM, Jonathan STERNE, Alain THIBAULT, Gisele TRUDEL, Marcelo WANDERLEY Re-Create 2015

International Advisory Board: Marie-Luise ANGERER, Monika BAKKE, Samuel BIANCHINI, Georgina BORN, Andreas BROECKMANN, Annick BUREAUD, Michael CENTURY, Joel CHADABE, Dooeun CHOI, Ian CLOTHIER, Sarah COOK, Nina CZEGLEDY, Sara DIAMOND, Diane DOMINGUES, Jean Paul FOURMENTRAUX, Sébastien GENVO, Orit HALPERN, Jens HAUSER, Denisa KERA, Felipe César LONDONO, Natalie LOVELESS, Glenn LOWRY, Rafael LOZANO-HEMMER, Roger MALINA, Sally Jane NORMAN, Nicolas NOVA, Jussi PARIKKA, Christiane PAUL, Simon PENNY, Andrew PICKERING, Sundar SARRUKAI, Yukiko SHIKATA, Michel VAN DARTEL, ZHANG GA, Ionat ZURR

MAH Honorary Board: Douglas DAVIS, Jasia REICHARDT, Itsuo SAKANE, Peter WEIBEL MAH

Conference Series Board: Sean CUBITT, Oliver GRAU, Linda HENDERSON, Erkki HUHTAMO, Douglas KAHN, Martin KEMP, Machiko KUSAHARA, Tim LENOIR, Gunalan NADARAJAN, Paul THOMAS

Our Professor Janez Demšar Received an Award for Ongoing Research Achievements

FRI - News and Events - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 23:00

The Faculty of Computer and Information Science we would like to congratulate our colleague Janez Demšar for receiving an award for ongoing research achievements at the Information Society multi-conference.

Recognize songs from the 50s, 60s or later: Can you do better?

Recognise tunes from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s or later: Can you do better? Play the #HookedOnMusic game here.

SMC Researchers in NYU Abu Dhabi Institute for Multi-Cultural Rhythm Workshop

SMC Group, INESC Porto - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:15
Carlos Guedes, Matthew Davies and Georges Sioros attend the Workshop on “Musical Rhythm: Cross-Disciplinary and Multi-Cultural Perspectives”, organised by the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute in Abu Dhabi between October 12-15, 2014.

Sonic Game Space Exhibition Lydgalleriet

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:13

The Sonic Game Space project by BEK exists from an Exhibition, Workshops, Presentations and Liveperformances, and shows works by a group of artists that are connected trough their work in early game console art. This upcoming Thursday the Sonic Game Space exhibition will open at Lydgalleriet, in Østre Hus for Lydkunst from kl. 19:00

The Sonic Game Space project by BEK combines an Exhibition, Workshops, Presentations and Liveperformances, and shows works by a group of artists that are connected trough their work in early game console art. Their output spans a spectrum of forms including videos, performance & live music, sculpture & installation, often extending beyond the computer screen. Exhibiting artists are Raquel Meyers, Jacob Sikker Remin and Marieke Verbiesen.

Kl. 19:00 Opening Exhibition Lydgalleriet

KL. 21:30 Gameboy Music Performance by Søren Andreassen + Afterwords : DJ Opitz

The program and works up for show can be found online here:

The project is supported by Art Coucil Norway and Bergen kommune.
Raquel Meyers and Jacob Sikker Remin is supported by Nordic Culture Point.

Time and place:
  • Lydgalleriet - 09/10/2014 to 12/10/2014

2. Nordiske Konference om lyd- og Musikproduktion

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:45

Aalborg Universitet – Musikkens hus – 12-13 maj, 2015

Musikuddannelsen på Aalborg Universitet byder velkommen til den 2. nordiske konference om lyd- og musikproduktion.

Uddannelse og forskning i lyd musikproduktion er i stigende grad spredt ud på forskellige institutioner, og indenfor de senere år er der dukket flere nye uddannelser op i Norden, som på forskellig vis beskæftiger sig med emnet. Dette skyldes ikke mindst skiftende markedsvilkår og efterspørgsel på specialiserede kompetencer i lyd- og musikbranchen.

Denne konference sætter fokus på diversiteten i feltet. Hvilke former for teoretisk tænkning, æstetiske visioner og tilgange til praktisk udførelse eksisterer i forskellige forskningsdomæner og brancher indenfor lyd og musikproduktion, og hvordan griber disse ind over hinanden?

Disse områder tæller blandt andet musikvidenskab, musikproduktion, akustik, musiksociologi, lydteknik, industrielt lyddesign, lyddesign for computerspil, filmlydsdesign og elektronisk lydkunst. Ved at sætte fokus på dette krydsfelt ønsker vi bl.a. at skabe større synergi mellem feltets aktører.

Konferencen beskæftiger sig med alle emner indenfor lyd- og musikproduktion. Disse emner kan inkludere (men er ikke begrænset til):

  • Nye betingelser for lyd- og musikproduktion
  • Lydteknologi
  • Kreativitet
  • Analyse af specifikke musikproduktioner og lyddesigns
  • Lyd- og musikhistorie
  • Lydperception og akustik
  • Uddannelse i lyd- og musikproduktion
  • Lydarkiver
  • Fremtidige perspektiver på emnet
  • Forskere, samt praktisk udøvende producere, akustikere, teknikere og designere indenfor feltet opfordres til at deltage i konferencen.


Abstractet skal have et omfang af max. 300 ord. Indsendelse sker ved at sende en mail til eller

senest d. 18. Januar 2015. Alle indsendte abstracts vil blive peer reviewet.


Før 17. april: 1250,-

Efter 17 april: 1500,-

Oplysninger om registrering tilføjes senere.


Hver præsentation har en varighed af 30 minutter inkl. 10 minutter til spørgsmål og diskussion. Papers præsenteres på nordiske sprog eller engelsk


Konferencen afholdes i Musikkens Hus i Aalborg. Musikkens Hus er Aalborgs nye koncerthus der foruden flere koncertsale rummer faciliteter til forskning og undervisning i musik. Huset er placeret på havnefronten og blev indviet i marts 2014.


Fly: Aalborg lufthavn er forbundet med flere storbyer i Norden via København. Der er desuden direkte forbindelse til Aalborg lufthavn fra bl.a. Stokholm og Oslo.
Fra lufthavnen afgår bus nr. 2 mod Aalborg centrum. Med taxi tager turen ca. 10 minutter.
Tog: Der er en direkte togforbindelse til Aalborg fra bl.a. København. Der er gåafstand (ca. 10-15 minutter) fra togstationen til Musikkens hus.

Ambisonic Toolkit for Reaper 1.0 - public beta 4

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 20:34

A new beta of ATK for Reaper is now available:

This is a set of JS plugins for encoding, processing and decoding first-order Ambisonic. The two main changes since beta 3 are:

  • Fixed an issue with matrix-based encoders when tracks have insufficient number of channels (thanks to Fergler at the Reaper forum for reporting this).
  • A new utility plugin 4channels can be used when batch-processing recordings from portable hard disk recorders (such as Tascam DR680 or SoundDevices 788T) in order to extract the ambisonic channels as a 4-track sound file.

We have received several mails asking about how to prepare 4-channel A- and B-format sound files for further processing. Hopefully the following screencast helps demonstrating how this can be done:

The sounds of the Intercultural Barcelona

Phonos project - UPF - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 16:55
How does Barcelona sound? Life in our neighborhoods is full of sounds that reflect the diversity of residents.

Sounds of Barcelona project, in co-operation with the program BCN Intercultural of the Barcelona City Council and the network of Centres Cívics, promote a series of workshops that encourage participants to listen to the environment, to explore the diversity of the neighborhood and recording the sounds of everyday life. Through the sounds we will debate on identity and diversity, create compositions from the recordings made and include the sounds in a sound map of intercultural Barcelona in Freesound.

The workshops will take place in Centre Cívic Besos, Centre Cívic Guinardó, Convent de Sant Agustí and Centre Ton i Guida between October 2014 and February 2015.

These workshops continue with the project The Sound of Cultures, initiated in early 2014 with the support of Obra Social La Caixa.


Phonos 40 years of electronic music. Event at Arts Santa Mònica

Phonos project - UPF - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:41
Series: Tuesday, 2014, October 28 - 19:00 Phonos, 40 years of electronic music 28.10.2014 - 19:00h   Arts Santa Mònica (Claustre) La Rambla 7 Barcelona

Free admission

  To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Phonos (1974-2014) this year we are organizing various activities. In this context, on October 28th, we present an event at Arts Santa Monica in which several people who have been related to this institution will be participating.

Detail of the program:

19:00 - Phonos now and future: present and new challenges for the future of the institution. By Andrés Lewin-Richter and Sonia Espí.

19:30 – Debate around the evolution of electronic music over the last 40 years and the role that Phonos played. With:

Josep M.Mestres Quadreny, composer, honorary president of the board and founder

Gabriel Brncic, composer, ex teaching and artistic director, member of the board

Josep Manel Berenguer, composer, ex research director, member of the board

Sergi Jordà, researcher of the Music Technology Group, member of the board

Magda Polo, teacher at Universitat de Barcelona

Andrés Lewin-Richter, composer, secretary of the board and founder

Moderator: Francesc Prat

21:00 Concert of percussion and electronics

Pilar Subirà, percussion

Gabriel Brncic, viola

Concert program:

Gabriel Brncic. Redoble per a un amic (a Jep Nuix) (1998) - Percussion solo

Pablo Fredes. Free-hand (2011) - Electroacoustic octophony

Gabriel Brncic. Quodlibet VII (a Pilar Subirà) (1998) - Percussion solo

Oriol Graus. Tritam II (2014) (premiere) – Tam-tam and electroacoustic octophony

Josep M.Mestres Quadreny. Espai Sonor  (1976) – Viola, percussion, real time processing and electroacoustic.

Andrés Lewin-Richter. Imágenes (2010) (premiere) – Percussion and electroacoustic octophony

Mercè Capdevila. Txutxumil (1998) – Percussion, real time processing and electroacoustic octophony

Josep Manel Berenguer. rram (2014) (premiere) – Tambourine, Tibetan bowl and live electronics (octophony)


with the support of:

Arts Santa Mònica Generalitat de Catalunya: Departament de Cultura Ajuntament de Barcelona: Institut de Cultura
Universitat Pompeu Fabra



Maximise your success this year!

Monday 13th October – Friday 17th October 2014 in the Kimberlin Library
Centre for Learning and Study Support (CLaSS)
We are delighted to offer a series of workshops of interest to students who want to maximise their study success this year. Come along and meet the CLaSS and Library teams who can support you in your work.
13th October: Journal Basics13th October: Note-making: the importance of getting it right13th October: Library basics13th October: Interpreting and planning your assignments14th October: How to get the most out of your lectures and seminars14th October: Polishing your assignment14th October: Confidence building for academic success14th October: Managing your time at university14th October: Exploring different learning styles15th October: Using evidence in your writing: paraphrasing and quotations15th October: New styles of assessment15th October: An introduction to verbal presentations15th October: Finding journals15th October: Working with feedback to improve your grades16th October: Maths for the terrified16th October: Managing your dissertation or extended project16th October: Researching your dissertation16th October: Reading for a purpose16th October: Tips for stepping up your learning in year 217th October: Writing in an academic style17th October: An introduction to reflection and reflective writing.

For further information and to book a place, click on link:

Thema week 'Verbeter je brein' over muziek en gamen [Dutch]

Wat doet gamen en luisteren naar muziek met je brein? Aflevering van de thema week over onze hersenen op Radio 5 en NPO 2

3D vocal tract geometry for static vowels and dynamic sounds

KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 21:47

Time: Tue 2014-10-07 13.00 - 15.00

Location: TMH, Room Fantum, 5th floor, Lindstedtsvägen 24

Type of event: Seminars

Tim Hodgkinson with Ken Ueno and Matthew Goodheart

CNMAT, UC at Berkeley - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 23:13
Start: 2014-11-07 20:00 End: 2014-11-07 22:00

FRI Researchers Publish Article in Nature Communications Journal

FRI - News and Events - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 23:00

FRI has once again collaborated with the Institute of Chemistry in publishing a scientific article in the high-profile Nature Communications journal, entitled "A bistable genetic switch based on designable DNA-binding domains".

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