Sound and music computing

"Sound Maps of the Nature" at the XESC 2014

Phonos project - UPF - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:48

On the next 3rd of July we will present the project "Sound Maps of the Nature" at the II Simposi XESC (Xarxa d’Escoles Sostenibles de Catalunya) which will deal with school and territory matters. It's an academic and exchange space for the XESC center teachers which will take place at the Cornella de Llobregat auditorium.

"Sound Maps of the Nature" is a project that counts with the suport of the Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT), and which aim is to promote the knowledge and the interest of the secondary and high school students for the environment through the work with sounds and technologies. This project includes workshops in which the students will listen, record the sounds of the nature and the create a sound map of these natural places; also, it provides a big amount of teaching tools to ease the realization of the workshops in other centers. 

During the 2013-2014 school year, 10 workshops have been realized at the Espais Naturals del Delta del Llobregat called “The Delta del Llobregat Sounds” in collaboration with the Prat de Llobregat council in which have participated students from different schools of the Prat de Llobregat.



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Applications for Master's and PhD studies in Computer and Information Science

FRI - News and Events - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 23:00

For everyone interested in applying to Master's or doctoral studies of computer and information science, the deadline for applications is:

  • 29 August 2014 for doctoral studies; the call for applications is published on the University of Ljubljana's website.
  • 31 August 2014 for Master's study. Instructions and information for applying can be found in the call for applications, published on the University of Ljubljana's website.

KHIO - Videreutdanning i entreprenørskap

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:13

Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo bekjentgjør nå et nytt kurs til høsten:
Videreutdanning i entreprenørskap: Hvordan å bli rik på din kunst, også økonomisk.

Målgruppen for kurset er designere og hele bredden av kunstnere, som visuell kunst, musikk, dans, opera og teater. Formålet er å hjelpe utdannede kunstnere og designere til å etablere og videreutvikle egen bedrift, og arbeide med den utfordringen det er å skape inntekt på grunnlag av den kompetansen man har.

Søknadsfrist for opptak er torsdag 7. august 2014.

Informasjon om kurset finnes her:

Vennlig hilsen
Etter- og videreutdanningen ved Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo

Siren Tjøtta
Seniorrådgiver, kunstnerisk utviklingsarbeid og arbeidsliv
Prosjektleder, entreprenørskap i kunst og design,
Etter- og videreutdanningsprogrammet v/KHiO
tel 00 47 93 20 82 10

Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo
Fossvn 24
6853 St Olavs plass
NO-0130 OSLO
Orgnr: 977 027 233
Sentralbord: 22 99 50 00

Alain Savouret, interview

INA-GRM - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 09:54

Interview d'Alain Savouret en 2013 par Evelyne Gayou

Réalisation vidéo : Jean-Baptiste Garcia

Réalisation interactive : Dominique Saint-Martin

Doctoral Studies in Computer and Information Science

FRI - News and Events - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 23:00

Faculty of Computer and Information Science offers an interesting Doctoral Programme in Computer and Information Science. The programme is based on research excellence, diverse international collaborations, and strong links with the industry. The entire programme is in English.

50 ans d'acoustique musicale au LAM

IRCAM - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 23:00

G. Assayag (Dir. UMR STMS) se joint aux collègues du LAM et de labos français pour un débat sur l'avenir de l'acoustique musicale. 04/07

MTI BA Student Elliot Murray in Midihack Win

DMU's news team has just posted a story about Elliot Murray's win with his Max/MSP-based project in the 24-hour Midihack contest at the Spotify Headquarters in Stockholm.

Parmerud(SE) Brummer(DE) Barrett(NO/UK) Lopez-Lezcano(US) Vinjar(NO)

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 09:38

As part of the Multi concert series 2014, Lydgalleriet & BEK presents: An ambisonics concert feat.
Åke Parmerud (SE)
Ludger Brummer (DE)
Natasha Barrett (NO/UK)
Fernando Lopez-Lezcano (USA)
Anders Vinjar (NO)

Doors open 20:00, concert starts at 20:30
Aria ex Aria by Anders Vinjar is commisioned by BEK.

Åke Parmerud (Sweden): Raw (2012) 18’00 – Norwegian premier

”Raw” was made for an event created by GEIGER, a Swedish organisation for new music situated in my home town Goteborg. I wanted to make a ”noisy” piece since somehow noise music tends to be a preference in the choice of music presented during the GEIGER events. 

The piece was made from one sound source only. The most uncontrollable software synth I ever encountered: Skrewell, a part of Native Instruments collection of instruments. I decided to use the output totally ”raw” as not to try to perfect the sound in any way, not adding any processing, effects or other post treatment of the sound. It finally came out as a kind of composed improvisation where I combined prerecorded material with live performance. Of course it was a complete failure taken as a noise piece. I guess I reached my limits as a musical chameleon in this case, but I am still quite happy with the outcome of a piece created in less than a week…

’Raw’ is spatialised using ZKM’s Zirkonium software.

Ludger Brummer (Germany): Shine (2007) 20’00 – Norwegian premier

A composition for Klangdome.
The paradoxical idea of moving forward yet staying in the moment has been fascinating me for a long time. This thought can be the basis for nightmares but also for interesting thinking models. Consistently fractals among other things can be subordinated to this logic contradicting all dialectic.cMusically speaking this paradox can be phrased in the use of single grains. The grain as sound object is a singular event. By condensing the amount of grains a continuous surface emerges composed from many single events that disintegrate afterwards into singular moments. Equally, singular intervals merge into patterns that again will be compressed into an extremely complex structured surface.This is exactly what happens in the course of the composition Shine – after a burst the singular event emerges from the surface, out of which shapes, while gathering speed and becoming more complex, turn into a surface again before finally disintegrating in the coda. It is the ever constant that is articulated in its permanent wandering.
The totality of this environment is enhanced by the expansion of the acoustic sound space surrounding the listeners’ spheres. As a result the audience appear as part of a cosmos, within which they are located.
’Shine’ has been realised with the aid of Genesis, Zirkonium, Common Music and Common Lisp Music softwares.
Genesis, a software used to simulate swinging objects, was developed at ACROE Institute by Claude Cadoz, Annie Luciani and Jean-Loup Florens. This technology applied in animating physical models is based on the implementation of Newton’s laws. The simulation of objects is persued both acoustically and visually.
The Zirkonium software was developed at ZKM|Karlsruhe .With the aid of Zirkonium software multi-channel works can be played in various speaker environments. Common Music is an algorithmic compositional tool, designed by Heinrich Taube at ZKM and the University of Illinois. Common Lisp Music is a sound synthesis protocol, developed by William Schottstaedt at CCRMA of Stanford University.


Natasha Barrett (Norway / UK): Shanghai Soundwalk (2014) 8’35 – World premier.

’Shanghai Soundwalk’ is a recording of an environmental excursion: a soundwalk in the traditional sense, compressed in time. We cross the Huaihai Middle Road, follow parallel backstreets where men playing mahjong mix with children, bikes, scooters and woman going about their daily chores, heading towards markets in the Laoximen district. A clear jump in time and space over the Huangpu River launches us into the World Expo 2010.

’Shanghai Soundwalk’ is decoded from 1st order Soundfield recordings. A stereo and binaural 3D version will be released on the +3dB label later this year.

Fernando Lopez-Lezcano (USA): Velvet Skin, Heart of Steel (2013) 7’06 – Norwegian premier

The Bing Concert Hall may appear to be sonic velvet, gracefully covered with multiple overlapping sinusoidal curves carved from warm resonant wood, its sails and cloud ceiling caressing all sounds produced on stage into enveloping beauty, but at the core, the Bing Concert Hall is made of steel. I had a chance to bang on the steel beams as they were waiting on the ground before construction began. Sleeping steel, biding for its time of hidden glory. I also climbed on top of the “cloud” ceiling after construction was finished, recorder in hand, and spent one hour getting sounds out of anything that could be banged or scrapped or bowed. Some of those sounds are included in this collage and short etude that is a prelude for a longer piece. Included are metal doors banging in asymmetrical rhythms, steel pipes and beams of all shapes and sizes, big ventilation fans left over after construction, and much more. The sonic materials were coaxed into musical form using Bill Schottstaedt’s s7 Scheme language interpreter and CLM.
’Velvet Skin, Heart of Steel’ is spatialised with 3rd order 3D ambisonics.

Anders Vinjar (Norway): Aria ex aria (2014) 12:00 – World premier.
The piece contains recordings of rooms – inside, outside, small, large – filled with the sound of many types of activity – spanning technology, human expression, and nature sounds. The recordings are made using a DMS technique, also known as Sound Field mic. Madelaine Church in Paris, a car, mountain waters in Vassfaret, interiors of instruments, the vegetable seller on the street corner, wandering through Oslo, trifles on the table – different sounding qualities interact and are thus shaped further, creating a musical progression at play. The play is encoded in Ambisonics. All the work is done with Linux and open source software.

Time and place:
  • Lydgalleriet - 26/06/2014 20:00

Portes ouvertes. Gérard Assayag

IRCAM - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 23:00

Les environnements d'aide à la composition, l'orchestration, la synchronisation humain-machine, ou l'improvisation. Voir la vidéo

Relocating to FRI’s New Building

FRI - News and Events - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 23:00

Dear students,

In July, FRI will reach a new milestone. We are relocating to a new, modern building at Večna pot 113.

Doctoral Studies in Computer and Information Science

FRI - News and Events - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 23:00

Faculty of Computer and Information Science offers an interesting Doctoral Programme in Computer and Information Science. The programme is based on research excellence, diverse international collaborations, and strong links with the industry. The entire programme is in English.

Student Workshop - Ljubljana Algorithms and Data Structures Summer School

FRI - News and Events - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 23:00

The Faculty of Computer and Information Science is organizing an international summer school for students on algorithms and data structures, LADS3, which will take place between 1 and 5 September 2014 in FRI’s new building.

Presentations of PhD proposals

MTG (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 15:22
30 Jun 2014

On June 30th 2014 we have the defences of the thesis proposals of 5 first-year PhD students of the MTG. The presentations are open to everyone.

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Modelling speaker stops and resumptions for an adaptive dialogue system

KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 20:14

Time: Thu 2014-06-19 14.00 - 16.00

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

Type of event: Seminars

Benedicte Clementsen at HOVE

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 11:42

As part of Hovefestivalen’s artistic program, Benedicte Clementsen will show two art works. In Bunker 37 she displays her video installation One Combination Like Any Other (two channel video (HD) (6:11 min) and audio (17:11 min), looped) ; on the Pebble Beach, which is part of the festival site, she shows performances at announced times.

Videoen er ved første øyekast vakker og forførende, med sine hudlige og taktile referanser, men under overflaten lurer en ubestemmelig og nærmest postapokalyptisk stemning. Lydarbeidet er både kroppslig og intens i karakter, og bidrar til å etablere et uforløsende spenningsfelt. Performancen forholder seg til naturomgivelsene på Hove og tar utgangspunkt i dyre- og planterikets evner til kamuflasje og mimikry.

Benedicte Clementsen undersøker det kroppslige i møte med industrielle materialer og omgivelser, hvor kroppen og materialet betraktes som likeverdige aktører i sin overførbare sanselige taktilitet.

BEK has supported the project with equipment and project space for testing playback solutions and formats.

Benedicte Clementsen (f. 1986) bor og arbeider i Bergen. Hun har sin base i tidsbaserte medier som performance og video, ofte i sammenheng med lyd og installasjoner. Clementsen fullførte våren 2014 sin bachelorgrad ved Kunst- og Designhøgskolen i Bergen, Avdeling kunstakademiet. Hun har blant annet vist arbeider ved Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn, New York), Lincoln Art Programme (Lincoln, England), Atelier Nord, KNIPSU og Galleri Fisk.

Time and place:
  • HOVE - 28/06/2014 to 03/07/2014

El matí de Catalunya Ràdio - Clicats: noves formes de fer música

MTG (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 09:27

L'Albert Cuesta i l'Albert Murillo parlen amb la Mònica Terribas sobre els nous instruments musicals presentats al Sonar+D, la Reactable entre d'altres (17/06/14)

Article or Media file:  1402999908316.mp3

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Classical Indian Music - Dhrupad Concert by the Gundecha Brothers

Phonos project - UPF - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 08:30
Series: Thursday, 2014, June 19 - 17:00 Classical Indian Music -  Dhrupad Concert by the Gundecha Brothers 19.06.2014 - Conference/Concert:  5:00 pm / 8:00 pm Conservatori Municipal de Música de Barcelona (Auditori) c/ Bruc 112  Barcelona Free entrance. Limited capacity. Tickets for the concert at the Conservatori available from 7:00 pm.   5:00 pm  Lecture demonstration by Gundecha Brothers: Making of Voice & Raga in Indian Music 7:30 pm  Presentation of the project CompMusic: by Xavier Serra (Music Technology Group) 8:00 pm  Dhrupad concert by the Gundecha Brothers  

Dhrupad is the most ancient form of Hindustanic classical music that has survived until today in its original form. The nature of Dhrupad is spiritual and its research goes beyond entertaining, generating peaceful and contemplation feelings to who listens carefully. The word Dhrupad comes from dhruva, ‘firm evening star’ and pada, which literally means ‘step’, ‘track’ or ‘trace’ and, in this case, it makes reference to a kind of verse.

The Gundecha Brothers are within the best and most active exponents of Dhrupad singing, the most ancient vocal genre of classical Indian music. They have organised several international tours visiting more than 25 countries and counts on more than 36 published albums by national and international record labels. The Gundecha Brothers received the PadmaShri in 2012, one of the highest awards given by the Government of India, for its contribution to classical music of their country.

For more than 10 years, this group has been at the front of the Dhrupad Sansthan, a Superior Music school in Bhopal (India) which education is based on the old traditional relation master-disciple (guru-shishya). This school welcomes Indi students and students from more than 20 countries around the world, it has been declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO. The significance of the Gundecha Brothers in relation to the Dhrupad and to the classical Indian music, is not only that they made this genre accessible and popular at a world-wide scale, but they also offer a high level of artistic quality during their performances.

This activity is part of the MTG research project CompMusic Art Music Of the World series of concerts.


  In collaboration with: CompMusic project
Casa Asia
Conservatori Municipal de Música de Barcelona    with the support of: European Research Council
Generalitat de Catalunya: Departament de Cultura
Ajuntament de Barcelona: Barcelona Cultura
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  During their visit to Barcelona, the Gundecha Brothers will also offer a residential seminar about the Dhrupad from the 11th to the 17th of June at Castellfollit del Boix, Barcelona. Information: Category:

Doctoral Studies in Computer and Information Science

FRI - News and Events - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 23:00

Faculty of Computer and Information Science offers an interesting Doctoral Programme in Computer and Information Science. The programme is based on research excellence, diverse international collaborations, and strong links with the industry. The entire programme is in English.

We Have the Winners of Zemanta’s Challenge

FRI - News and Events - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 23:00

Zemanta’s developer’s challenge took place at our faculty for the first time this year. The chosen winners competed for an iPad mini and the opportunity of a paid internship at Zemanta.

Students Have Developed an Online Sales Services System

FRI - News and Events - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 23:00

The practical coursework for Software Technology, a course taught by assoc. prof. Viljan Mahnič, PhD, requires students to (almost) develop a real project based on actual requirements of the buyer. Once again this year, the company IT Klinika d.o.o. collaborated and prepared specification requirements for the “Online Sales Services” project. Students were given an initial list of requirements in the form of user stories and then developed the entire project using Scrum methodology. 6 groups of four persons each participated in the project and the best group received tablets as their award from the IT Klinika d.o.o. company.

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