Sound and music computing

The anechoic chamber

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Sun, 05/31/2015 - 10:02

nyMusikk invites you on a sound excursion to the high-end speaker factory SEAS in Moss, starting with a bus ride from Oslo that includes a literary lecture on sound by UK musician, author and critic David Toop. The anechoic chamber at SEAS features a sound installation by Trond Lossius, and in the factory space, vocalist and composer Stine Janvin Motland will demonstrate a new measuring and musical instrument that detects and regenerates body frequencies


SEAS speaker factory, Ryggeveien 96 Moss
KL. 11:00 (departure Oslo Plaza/Sonja Henies plass, Oslo)

Kr 100. Limited places. Binding registration. For registration and travel info, please email by 18:00, 5 June.
Buy festival pass, kr 550/450 (regular/member)


Det ekkofrie rommet på SEAS. Foto: Karoline Finnema.

Upon visiting an anechoic chamber John Cage famously heard the singing of his nervous system and the pumping of his blood. nyMusikk invites you on a sound excursion to the high-end speaker factory SEAS in Moss, starting with a bus ride from Oslo that includes a literary lecture on sound by UK musician, author and critic David Toop.

At SEAS you will be given a rare opportunity to experience the anechoic chamber, an insulated, echo-free acoustic environment designed for acoustic research. The chamber will feature the sound installation Lontano by sound artist and composer Trond Lossius, featuring a series of surround (Ambisonics) field recordings.

In the factory space, vocalist and composer Stine Janvin Motland will demonstrate a new measuring and musical instrument that detects and regenerates body frequencies. The audience is invited to get their body resonance measured and translated into sound.

There will also be a tour of the factory with managing director Olav Mellum Arntzen.

Video: Karoline Finnema.

Anechoic chambers are designed to completely absorb reflections of sound waves. Inside the chamber all surfaces are covered with foam wedges made from sound absorbing material. These chambers are also insulated from exterior sources of noise, making them some of the quietest places on Earth.

The architecture of the space, combined with the intense silence and absence of reverberation, makes the space claustrophobic and intimidating.

In spite of the visual appearance, the anechoic chamber acoustically behaves as an infinite open out-door space. The anechoic chamber is used for research in the fields of music, audiology, hearing science and engineering. The fundamentals of our understanding of spatial hearing are to a large degree based on listening experiments carried out in anechoic chambers.

The anechoic chamber has made a seminal impact on contemporary arts practises as well. John Cage’s visit to the anechoic chamber at Harvard University fundamentally changed his understanding of silence, music and noise. Robert Irwin and James Turrell stayed in darkness in an anechoic chamber for prolonged periods of time, and the experience deeply influenced how they engaged with perception in their art practices. (Text by Trond Lossius).

Trond Lossius. Foto: Anders Helgerud.

Lontano is an installation / event taking place in an anechoic chamber. It addresses the anechoic chamber as a site of research, and draws attention to our hearing capabilities and in particular the spatial dimensions of hearing and listening, the phenomenology of listening, the rich soundscapes that surrounds us, and how we are situated and immersed in the world through sound.

An audience of only four persons at a time are invited to enter the space along with the artist. They get to experience the space itself, and are then seated in the middle. A series of surround (Ambisonic) field recordings are presented. The situation is open-ended. The group might choose to listen in silence, or engage in discussions concerning how the room is experienced, the sensations, memories and thoughts triggered by the field recordings, or any other topic relevant to the situation.

Trond Lossius is a sound and installation artist based in Bergen. His projects investigate sound, place and space, using spatial sound and multichannel audio as an invisible and temporal sculptural medium in works engaging with the site. Lossius coordinates research and development at BEK – Bergen Center for Electronic Arts.

Time and place:
  • Only Connect Destival of Sound, SEAS speaker factory*, Ryggeveien 96 Moss - 06/06/2015 11:00

ATK Reaper at MusicTechFest Scandi

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:02

Trond Lossius will present Ambisonic Toolkit for Reaper at #MTFScandi.

Music Tech Fest is the free festival of music ideas, mixing performances and experiments, hacks, demos, and installations. Since 2012 Music Tech Fest has been redefining how music is perceived, performed and experienced. It is now time to build some new formats for music.

Now it is landing in Sweden – the biggest world exporter of music per capita – and gathering the best minds able to transform this new media landscape, for a Music Tech Fest Scandinavia.


Friday 29th May: New instruments and new musical experiences

From 16:00 on the outdoor stage: Kung Fury / The Ideas Workshop / #MusicBricks / The RIoT board / Ultrasonic / Abbey Road Studio / Chirp / The Portable Wooden Pipe Organ / Gestrument / Live Sound Spatialisation Using Gesture Control / Codename Playground / Teenage Engineering / ExClaM! / The Self-Playing Harmonium / Ecce Cello / Cymatics Beatboxing / The Stimmflieger / The Strophonion
Register for #MTFScandi here: – attendance is free

Saturday 30th May: New formats for music

From 10:30 in Sliperiet: Pro hackers gather for briefing and introduction to the challenges. 24-hour Pro hackathon begins at 12:00 sharp.
Register for the hackathon here: – participation is free

From 10:30 to 16:30 in Sliperiet: Creative thinkers gather to explore new ways of interacting with culture and businesses in the city of Umeå in the Creative Ring Workshop, supported by eXpression and the European project SPECIFI.
Register for the Creative Ring Workshop by email: – participation is free

From 11:30 in Sliperiet: Electronic producers and musical collaborators gather for the Toontrack Trackathon briefing and introduction to the software and sounds. 24-hour trackathon begins at 13:00 sharp.
Register for the trackathon here: – participation is free

From 13:00 on the outdoor stage: LunaLEC / One Drop / Axoloti / The Immersive Album / #FistPics / Isotonic / The Calamity of Concept / Prolody / Kitmonsters / Performing Melancholia / Crewdson / The Ambisonics Toolkit / Hyperpiano / The Metasaxaphone / The Strombophone / Modular Synthesis / EEG Neurofeedback Guitar / Fatta / Yellofier / Live Music Hack
Register for #MTFScandi here: – attendance is free

From 19:00 in Sliperiet: Drinks reception and the launch of a brand new format for music invented right here in Umeå – followed by new works, performances and experiments in the Sliperiet concert space – including: Anders Lind’s Animated Notation / Kickstart Creativity / Optonoise / Mørk / Graham Massey (808 State) / Matt Black (Coldcut) / Jason Singh / Scanner / Random Bastards / Obi Blanche / The Jam Camp
Register for #MTFScandi here: – attendance is free

Sunday 31st May: Building the future of music

From 09:00 – 12:00 in Sliperiet: Sunday morning at Music Tech Fest is all about making, inventing and building new playful music ideas in the Volvo Kids Hack Camp. Our specialist workshop leaders are skilled educators who provide children with the tools and the skills to make their own creative project and build their own musical instruments – while learning coding, physical computing and music participation – and having great fun. In the afternoon the kids present and perform with their inventions on the main stage – which is always a real highlight of the festival.
Register for the Kids Hackathon here:

From 13:00 on the outdoor stage: Kids Hackathon presentations / Lab Media / DisCoTech / Human Instruments / Drake Music / Soundation / Skoog / Stave Breakthrough / Novalia / Bentrax / The Voice Harvester / Low-Fi / The SME Instrument / Freesound / Essentia / The Hack Camp Awards / The Toontrack Trackathon Awards / We Suffer For Our Art / Lovisa Negga / Beyond Glitching / Roboard Jam Session / Hidden Materia / The Guerilla Dance Project / Blue Vinyl Awards / The Jam Camp
Register for #MTFScandi here: – attendance is free

ALL WEEKEND: The Electro-Acoustic Cafe / The 4Sound Jam Camp / The Craft Beer Tent

Monday 1st June: Academic ‘afterparty’ symposium

From 10:00 – 16:00 in HUMLabX: The academic ‘afterparty’ research symposium and formal establishment of the global, interdisciplinary MTF Research Network.
Register for the research symposium here:

All activities, events, installations and stages at Music Tech Fest are FREE. Feel free to bring musical instruments, crazy inventions, your big ideas and your curiosity.

Time and place:
  • #MTFScandi, Uneå - 29/05/2015 to 01/06/2015

Six rooms of gloom

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 09:03

A series of new ectro-acoustic works by composition students at the Grieg Academy are presented as part of the Drop In program during the Beren International Festival.

This spring the composition students have been given an introduction to sound editing and computer-aided composition. At this concert, a series of new electro-acoustic works that employ these techniques are presented. The works relates to various genres such as radio montage, sound art, sound design and the use of field recordings.

Equipment for this concert has kindly been provided by BEK – Bergen Center for Electronic Arts.


Erik Håkon Halvorsen (1974)
(dedicated to Rebecka Ahvenniemi)

Ole-Andreas Førde

Morten Brunsberg Refsli (1989)

Aslak B. Hermstad, (1995)
El Aaiún, E6. Oslo

Tor Anders Eri (1991)
Shards from Last Night

Kari Telstad Sundet (1987)
Memory Leak (Melting – Sinking – Snowbound)

Time and place:
  • Drop In concert, Bergen International Festival, The Grieg hall - 29/05/2015 15:00

ManiFeste. "Requiem pour un jeune poète" de Bernd Alois Zimmermann

IRCAM - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 23:00

Entretien avec Michel Tabachnik, chef d’orchestre et Geoffroy Jourdain, chef de choeur.

Expressive Performance in Ensembles of Humans and Computers

KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 18:34

Time: Wed 2015-05-27 13.15 - 15.00

Location: TMH, 5th floor, Lindstedtsvägen 24

Type of event: Seminars

CARA Concert at Música Viva Festival

SMC Group, INESC Porto - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 18:10
SMC Researchers: Rui Penha, Rui Dias, Gilberto Bernardes and Filipe Lopes will take part in the CARA concert on Wednesday 27th May as part of the Música Viva Festival in Lisbon

ManiFeste. Série vidéo "Sur le vif" : Michaël Levinas

IRCAM - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 23:00

Nouvelle version de "La Métamorphose": une collaboration de Maxime Pascal avec M. Levinas et le metteur en scène et vidéaste Nieto.

Splinter Reeds

CNMAT, UC at Berkeley - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 20:30
Start: 2015-06-04 20:00 End: 2015-06-04 22:00

Optimization-based modeling of suprasegmental speech timing

KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 17:27

Time: Tue 2015-05-26 15.00 - 17.00

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

Type of event: Seminars

Xavier Serra gives a seminar on his research career

MTG (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 02:09
4 Jun 2015

Xavier Serra gives a seminar entitled "Research highlights in my journey within the field of Sound and Music Computing" on June 4th at 11:30h in the Auditorium of the Poblenou Campus of t

More Information:  DTIC Integrative Research Seminars

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Gerard Roma defends his PhD thesis on June 5th

MTG (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 02:00
5 Jun 2015 Gerard Roma defends his PhD thesis entitled "Algorithms and representations for supporting online music creation

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Part I: Hierarchical Structure in Music: Statistics, Structure, and Style

KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 20:57

Time: Mon 2015-05-25 15.15 - 17.00

Location: TMH, 5th floor, Lindstedtsvägen 24

Type of event: Seminars

Part II: Cascading Reminiscence Bumps in Popular Music

KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 20:57

Time: Mon 2015-05-25 15.15 - 17.00

Location: TMH, 5th floor, Lindstedtsvägen 24

Type of event: Seminars

Stanford Laptop Orchestra @ Bing Concert Hall

CCRMA-Stanford University - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 03:06
Date:  Sat, 05/30/2015 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm Location:  Bing Concert Hall Event Type:  Concert
The Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) celebrates the conclusion of its 2015 season & course with its full-scale concert performance at Stanford University's Bing Concert Hall!  You are cordially invited to an evening of works for the full ensemble of humans, laptops, new instruments, and hemispherical speaker arrays!

For details, visit:

Thank you and we hope to see you then and there! FREE Open to the Public

AES E-News: April 24, 2015

AES E-News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:16
1. 138th Convention Wrap-Up
2. Upcoming Conferences
3. Journal Special Issue
4. Job Board Update
5. AES Journal May Issue Now Available

Imaging speech and imagining the possibilities

KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 18:00

Time: Fri 2015-05-22 15.00 - 17.00

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

Type of event: Seminars

Muziek niet langer op tweede plan [Dutch]

'Dat muziek een ondergeschoven kindje is geworden, is de Amsterdamse hoogleraar muziekcognitie Henkjan Honing een doorn in het oog. Volgens hem zien we muziek als luxe, maar laat wetenschappelijk onderzoek zien dat het nodig is voor de ontwikkeling van kinderen. Voor Honing is dat geen verrassing. ,,We gebruiken muziek om vrolijk te worden of troost te zoeken. Als je een instrument bespeelt, verbeter je je motoriek. Je maakt muziek samen, dus je leert samenwerken. En je moet leren luisteren…"

Loren Mach Performing Work By Alex Chechile, Alexandra Hay, and Holly Herndon

CCRMA-Stanford University - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 05:47
Date:  Wed, 05/27/2015 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Location:  Bing Concert Hall Studio Event Type:  Concert Loren Mach will perform new music for percussion and multichannel electronics by Stanford Graduate Composers Alex Chechile, Alexandra Hay, and Holly Herndon.

Loren Mach is passionate about the arts as they relate to our 21st century world and all who inhabit it. A graduate of the Oberlin and Cincinnati Conservatories of Music, he has premiered countless solo, chamber, and orchestral works.
FREE Open to the Public

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PACE electrical work & availability: June-August

There is some electrical work due to be carried out in PACE1 during the weeks below:
15 June – 17 July
27 July – 9 August
During these times PACE1 will be unavailable and there may be some noise generated during working hours that you may need to bear in mind if working in the other studios.  Please do take extra care when entering the PACE building, or when accessing the store room/toilets on the ground floor during these weeks.  
Please note:  Spaces (in PACE and CC) are available to book over the summer period from 9-7pm via the WRB as normal. 

Brochure R&D 2015

IRCAM - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 23:00

Découvrez les activités de recherche et développement de l'Ircam de manière détaillée et actualisée.

Cette brochure est destinée à un lectorat professionnel ou spécialisé.

Ses 5 parties principales proposent autant de grilles de lecture sur cet ensemble pluridisciplinaire et multiforme :

  • la première – vue d'ensemble – en définit les enjeux globaux, le cadre institutionnel, les missions, les modes de diffusion et valorisation, ainsi que les orientations transversales qui en structurent les priorités actuelles ;
  • la deuxième présente le champ d'intervention de chaque équipe ;
  • la troisième, plus détaillée, décrit les principaux projets de recherche récents et en cours selon une organisation par grands domaines et sous-domaines d'applications ;
  • la quatrième présente les principaux logiciels produits et diffusés par l'Ircam ;
  • la dernière partie fournit la liste du personnel et des principaux contacts.

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