Sound and music computing

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

MULTI at Borealis

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 10:17

How do we listen, and how do you compose when the audience is surrounded by sound? Borealis collaborates with the MULTI concert series to commission new works for multi-channel speaker setup, giving new musicians, composers and sound artists the opportunity to express themselves using spatial sound.

MULTI is a collaboration between Lydgalleriet, NOTAM, Borealis, Electric Audio Unit and BEK.

The concert series entails commissions and development of new work, software development and competence building within surround sound, as well as presenting important Norwegian and international works. 

For our 2017 edition, Tolga Balci, who has previously been behind the scenes at many Lydgalleriet and MULTI events but now lives in Turkey, will present a work for the first time on the surround system. Jacqueline George was part of the acclaimed Egyptian Females Experimental Music Session at Borealis in 2016, and having taken part in a surround sound workshop at BEK, we now invite her back to present a new piece in the format. Craig Wells, from the UK – but now a Bergen resident – combines live electronics and surround sound in a new work, and Yvette Janine Jackson, from the USA, presents a surround radio opera.

Tolga Balci: Black Empire – Fragile Objects
Jacqueline George: Happening now
Craig Wells with Mathias Loose: Bleached words

Yvette Janine Jackson: Invisible people (A Radio Opera)

Concerts at Thursday March 9th
at 17.00-18.00 and 19.00-20.00

Buy your tickets for MULTI at Borealis here

Photo by Vilde Salhus Røed/BEK

About the artists

Tolga Balci is a artist and musician, born in Ankara, Turkey. He initially studied sculpture and later focused on music and sound. He has MA in Fine Arts from Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KhiB). Tolga plays with the Turkish experimental post-rock trio Karakamu. He currently lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey and Fredrikstad, Norway. For Borealis he will debut the piece Black Empire, Fragile Objects. The piece consists of recordings from special acoustic locations, field recordings from social events, group sessions of musicians and text.

Jacqueline George is a sound artist from Egypt. Her main source of inspiration is brainstorming and mind maps. She uses these to reflect on prevailing concepts such as time, the earth, death and freedom within human relations, reformatting them through different perspectives and different media. She is fascinated by how sound can carry ideas and is always looking for creative potential inside Cairo’s noise. Jacqueline visited Borealis in 2016 with the Egyptian Females Experimental Music Session.

Craig Wells is a British sonic artist and composer based in Bergen, Norway. His practice oscillates between free improvisation, sound collage and electroacoustic composition. He works under various monikers, most notably Klunks and Refrains where he weaves together field recordings, analogue synthesis and rhythmical paroxysms that are all held together with a jazz sensibility. The multi channel composition by Craig will be a dialogue of pre-recorded materials and live experiments in collaboration with Mathias Loose from Denmark.

Yvette Janine Jackson is a composer, sound designer and installation artist born in Los Angeles. Her radio operas frequently focus on historical events and relevant social issues expressed through composition, improvisation, acoustic, concrete and synthesized sounds, fixed media and live performance. Recent projects include Party Line, for San Diego Art Institute’s “The Dead Are Not Quiet: A Group Exhibition of Macabre Art”; Duets in the Key of Dada with David Molina at the San Francisco International Arts Festival; and a residency at Stockholm’s Elektronmusikstudion (EMS) which culminated with the premiere of This is Radio Opera at Audiorama.

Time and place:
  • Østre - 09/03/2017 17:00


MTG (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 09:28
9 Mar 2017 Alex Posada, co-founder of Oval Sound, will give a talk on their music tech startup and the Oval, the first digital Handpan ever developed. More Information:  OVALSOUND website

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Thursday @ MTI Enhancement Week: Three masterclasses

Thursday March 2nd @ MTI's Enhancement Week events: three exciting masterclasses!


- Petros Galanakis: Composition/Production of Psychedelic Trance Masterclass, 10am-1pm, Queens 1.33


- Bob Coburn: Audiovisual Masterclass, 2-5pm, Clephan 00.16

- Tim Hall: Electric Guitar Recording Masterclass, 2pm-5pm, Queens 1.29a-c.

...And, don't forget to attend the MOBILISE! concert, tonight (Wednesday) 7pm in PACE!

Eric Young - Timing in the Auditory System

CCRMA-Stanford University - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 06:25
Date:  Fri, 03/10/2017 - 10:30am - 12:00pm Location:  CCRMA Seminar Room Event Type:  Hearing Seminar How does the auditory system preserve the high accuracy needed to represent temporal signals such as speech and music? (Well, really all sound.) Think about the precision needed to encode the onsets of sound, let alone the cues needed to perceive pitch and binaural. This precision is orders of magnitude more precise than any where else in the brain. And yet the brain does it one spike at a time. OK, there are lots of spikes. How does the brain represent time, and how does an ensemble of spikes tell us what we need to know about the sounds around us? What is the mechanism that allows this exquisite precision?
FREE Open to the Public

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Parution CD Bernard Parmegiani Matières Premières

INA-GRM - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 16:08
28 Février, 2017

3 inédits de Parmegiani et 30 matières premières jamais publiées.

L' Agenda du GRM

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Wednesday: MOBILISE! conference & concert

MTI's Enhancement Week activities continue tomorrow (Wednesday): with the Mobilise! conference (10am-5pm) and concert (7pm), both in PACE:

MOBILISE Conference Wednesday 1 March, 10 am – 5pm
Discussions, presentations, demos featuring artists, developers and researchers exploring music, mobility and new sonic arts practice.
Norbert Schnell (Ircam, FR) Mobiles, participation and music performance.
Peter Sinclair/Elena Biserna (Locus Sonus, FR) Exploring, moving and mixing sound environments.
Frauke Behrendt (University of Brighton, UK) Sound, mobility and the Internet of Things.
Jakob Haq (SWE) Q&A with YouTube vlogger and mobile musician HaQ AttaQ.
Aneek Thapar (Ninja Tune, UK) Developing the Ninja Jamm app, workflow issues + some cool tips and tricks.

MOBILISE Performance Wednesday 1 March, 7pm – 9pm
Evening concert with IRCAM, DMU post-grad and MTI /MTIP students.

Margareta Ackerman: Algorithmic Songwriting

CCRMA-Stanford University - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 22:51
Date:  Thu, 04/13/2017 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm Location:  CCRMA Classroom, Knoll 217 Event Type:  Guest Lecture

Abstract: Songwriting, the art of combining melodies and lyrics, poses new challenges to algorithmic composition. ALYSIA is a machine-learning system that learns the relationship between melodies and lyrics, and uses the resulting model to create new songs in the style of the corpus. While ALYSIA creates melodies for user-provided lyrics, another system, MABLE, creates computer generated lyrics that convey a coherent story. In addition to discussing both systems, an original song co-created by ALYSIA and music professor Joshua Palkki will be performed.
Joint work with David Loker, Chris Cassion, Rafael Perez y Perez, and Divya Singh.

FREE Open to the Public

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MTI Enhancement Week: Tuesday - MOBILISE! Hackathon

MTI's Enhancement Week activities continue on Tuesday February 28th, with the MOBILISE! Hackathon - 10am-4pm, Clephan 00.17.

Participants will design and program a simple performance mobile app using the Soundworks framework. No programming experience required!

A workshop for the CoSiMa web audio application with IRCAM's Norbert Schnell and Benjamin Matuszewski.

IRCAM (Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music), Paris, is one of the world’s most leading centres for electronic music, and this will be the first time their delegates have ever performed outside of London.

Then join us on Wednesday for the Mobilise Conference & evening concert!

MTI Enhancement Week - Monday: Town and Gown - A Leicester Music Extravaganza!

MTI's 2017 Enhancement Week activities kick off on Monday, with a student event at the Music Cafe!

Doors open 7pm - performers include Siobhan Mazzei, Timmas, The Whiskey Rebellion, Bitter Pill, Mitchell Underwood (DJ Set), Jack Cahill, House of Verse & Kait Baker-Smith

2Funky Music Cafe, 23A New Park Street, LE3 5NHo Leicester, United Kingdom

Sketching Sound: Spencer Salazar's Dissertation Defense

CCRMA-Stanford University - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 22:15
Date:  Thu, 03/09/2017 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm Location:  CCRMA Stage Event Type:  Other Spencer Salazar will present a defense of his doctoral dissertation, titled "Sketching Sound: Gestural Interaction for Expressive Music Programming." We have developed two prototype systems to explore programming music using mobile touchscreen interactions and technologies. The first of these, miniAudicle for iPad, is an environment for programming ChucK code on an iPad. The second prototype developed is a sound design and music composition system utilizing touch and hand-written stylus input. In this system, called “Auraglyph,” users draw a variety of audio synthesis structures, such as oscillators and filters, in an open canvas. Free Open to the Public

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How Does Music Expression Depend on Structure?

KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 17:30

Time: Fri 2017-02-24 15.00 - 17.00

Location: Fantum, Lindstedsvägen 24, 5th floor

Type of event: Seminars

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