Sound and music computing

Code Week Enthused both Children and Students

FRI - News and Events - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:00

The six workshops of the EU Code Week incited enthusiasm for coding in younger and older students, and also aroused a big interest for technology in children.


Outstanding Success of FRI Student Urška Pangerc at the The PhysioNet/CinC Challenge

FRI - News and Events - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:00

 FRI student Urška Pangerc participated in the Robust Detection of Heart Beats in Multimodal Data: the PhysioNet/Computing in Cardiology Challenge 2014 at the Computing in Cardiology 2014 international conference, where she ranked second, third and sixth in the three phases of the competition.

Start that first assignment!

Monday 27h October – Friday 31st  October 2014 in the Kimberlin Library
Centre for Learning and Study Support (CLaSS)
CLaSS is 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.
27th October: Reading for a purpose27th October: Finding information for your assignment27th October: Applying theory to your own practice28th October: Polishing your assignment28th October: How to cite and reference using the Harvard referencing system28th October: Planning and writing your report29th October: Writing introductions and conclusions29th October: Starting to write a blog29th October: Finding journals29th October: Planning and writing your first essay29th October: How to critique an article30th October: Planning and structuring your literature review30th October: Writing in an academic style31st October: Writing your methodology31st October: Working with feedback to improve your grades31st October: An introduction to verbal presentations
For further information and to book a place, click on link:

Fulldome Fest VJ Sets Nov 8 Leicester

The Fulldome Fest, which focuses on dome-projection of visuals, returns to Leicester's National Space Centre November 7 & 8. Artists from around the world will be converging on Leicester to discuss the technique and art of using 360-degree immersive visual projection. Full details available at   The full two-day event might be a bit steep price-wise for students, but there will be a less expensive audiovisual VJ show 7 pm on Saturday Nov 8.

In tabla - Octavi Rumbau

Phonos project - UPF - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:14
Series: Thursday, 2014, October 23 - 19:30 In tabla by Octavi Rumbau 23.10.2014 - 19:30h Sala Polivalent UPF Poblenou (Edifici Tànger)
C/ Roc Boronat 138
Free admission   Presentation of the work IN TABLA by Octavi Rumbau, a work that uses the electronics to explore the sounds of tabla, a percussion instrument used in the traditional music of India.
For this concert will feature tabla performer Rémi Durupt.

IN TABLA received a Phonos grant for musical projects creation, and has had the support of the researcher Ajay Srinivasamurthy (MTG).



with the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya: Departament de Cultura
Ajuntament de Barcelona: Barcelona Cultura
Universitat Pompeu Fabra


Flyer Programa_23.10.14_Rumbau.pdf Category:

Participation to ISMIR 2014

MTG (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:05

Julio Carabias, Rafael Caro Repetto, Emilia Gómez, Sankalp Gulati, Nadine Kroher, Agustín Martorell,  Marius Miron, Ajay Srinivasamurthy, and Xavier Serra particip

More Information:  ISMIR 2014

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Participation to ISWC 2014

MTG (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 08:42

Frederic Font and Sergio Oramas participate to the 13th International Semantic Web Conference, that takes place from October 19th to the 23rd 2014 in Trentino, Italy.

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Structural Segmentation of Music using Posteriori Features

CCRMA-Stanford University - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:26
Date:  Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm Location:  CCRMA Classroom [Knoll 217] Event Type:  DSP Seminar  Abstract: Structural segmentation of music involves identifying boundaries between homogenous regions where the homogeneity involves one or more musical dimensions, and therefore depends on the musical genre. In this work, we address the segmentation of Hindustani instrumental concert recordings at the highest time-scale, that is, concert sections marked by prominent changes in rhythmic structure. Tempo features are effectively combined with energy and chroma features motivated by musicological knowledge and acoustic observations. Posterior probability features from unsupervised model fitting of the frame level acoustic features are shown to significantly improve robustness to local acoustic variations. FREE Open to the Public

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Berlin almanac on contemporary musical instruments -- Call for contributions

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 18:10

Deadline: 15.11.2014

The 3DMIN project invites authors to contribute to a collection on contemporary musical instruments and related musical practice.
The almanac’s intention is to collect and present as many as possible viewpoints upon the field of contemporary musical instruments.
The pieces forming the alamanc are intended to explain aspects of contemporary musical instruments by forming a body of information of which the reader gains insights and new impulses for her artistic or scientific work.
Questions to be addressed are e.g.

  • What is a contemporary musical instrument?
  • What do you concider as important aspects of a contemporary musical instrument?
  • How does your professional perspective shape your viewpoint on contemporary musical instruments?
  • How does a contemporary musical instrument shape musical practice?

Each author of an essay is asked to select one of the many aspects around contemporary musical instruments and formulate a short piece around it. A collection of subjects for inspiration can be found here. The form of the pieces is, within the boundaries described below, left to the authors.

Submitted pieces will be reviewed, edited and eventually published on a dedicated webpage. Depending on the amount and quality of the submitted material, a printed publication of selected works is planned.

Suggested form of contributions

Submitted pieces should be compiled in a form the single authors finds suitable for the chosen theme. Examples for such a form are: a short essay (about 500 words), a photo collection, a figure, a table, a javascript element, or a combination of them. Sound and video material is highly appreciated. The amount of displayed information should not exceed the size of an A4/letter-format page.
The submission language is english.


Please inform your intention to contribute with information on the subject(s) you intend to cover as soon as possible to

Final contributions should be sent to the same address.

Imagining the Universe - Music, Spirituality, and Tradition

CCRMA-Stanford University - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:09
Date:  Fri, 11/21/2014 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm Location:  CCRMA STAGE Event Type:  Concert

As part of Stanford Art Institute's Imagining The Universe project CCRMA will present a network concert with Khenpo Sodargye and musicians from UC Santa Barbara, Virginia Tech, and University of Guanjuato. This will be broadcast live over the internet.  

Works and Performances by:

Chris Chafe (celletto – electric cello)

FREE Open to the Public

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James Fei

CCRMA-Stanford University - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 01:15
Date:  Thu, 11/13/2014 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm Location:  CCRMA STAGE Event Type:  Concert

Composer, performer, artist James Fei will present a solo show of his work on the CCRMA Stage. Fei will be performing two pieces: For The Nerve Meter, microphones distributed in the performance space are fed back through two Frequency Shifters designed by Harold Bode. During the course of the performance, the output of the Frequency Shifters increasingly modulate each other, creating complex patterns that are dependent on interactions of the electronics as well as the acoustics of the room. Sine of Merit III is part of a series of works that emphasize the relation between analog electronics sound projection.

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David Wessel 1942-2014

CNMAT, UC at Berkeley - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 17:12
Start: 2015-03-22 16:00 End: 2015-03-22 19:00

Bauer Media - Part of Week 6 Activities

Bauer Media will be coming on campus on 4th November to offer two talks on “Getting in to Media”, for any students interested in Journalism, Marketing, Digital or Radio. Bauer are a very large, high profile employer in the Media sector and own a number of radio stations and magazines such as Heat and Grazia. 
Students need to book in to the event in advance, using the external link below:

They will then need to print off their ticket and bring it with them to the talk. The event will be an open one, so it won’t just be DMU students who are able to attend. Note that the tickets don’t specify the exact location of the talk, which will be Hugh Aston 2.08.

Open Call - Connecting Cities

Bergen Center for Electronic Arts - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 23:34

Connecting Cities is a network of worldwide cultural institutions. The aim is to foster the circulation of artistic and cultural contents throughout European and worldwide urban screens and media facades.
With the curatorial theme of INVISIBLE and VISIBLE Cities 2015 we want to develop an awareness on the changes which are hardly visible to the eyes and are underlying our nowadays cities. Our today’s modern cities are hybrid structures in which technology is invisibly interweaved in the perception layers of our everyday lives.
We call for artistic scenarios to visualise invisible, embedded ‘smart’ urban infrastructures and analyse their impact on the technological transformation of our society in a broad and public discourse.
More information here:
Submit your project proposal until 31 October, 2014 here:

Tim Blechmann: Sine Tempore 3

CCRMA-Stanford University - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 21:39
Date:  Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:15pm - 6:00pm Location:  CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217 Event Type:  Guest Lecture Sine Tempore deploys massive multichannel synthesis with supercollider.  For several years Tim developed a strong interest in spacial additive synthesis. This work is optimized for Wave Field Synthesis. While realizing compositions, Tim developed a technique to control hundreds of spacially distributed oscillators in space. SuperCollider is used both for audio synthesis and as a composition language. The talk gives a short presentation on the organization of the pieces and some sound examples.

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Hommage à David Wessel

IRCAM - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 23:00

Acteur majeur de l'informatique musicale, le psychologue, mathématicien et musicien américain fut l'un des pionniers de l'Ircam.

Nous venons d'apprendre avec une grande tristesse le décès de David Wessel. Né en 1942, psychologue, mathématicien et musicien américain, David Wessel a été l'un des principaux acteurs de l'informatique musicale au cours des quarante dernières années. Il a été associé dès 1977 à la création de l'Ircam, qu'il a rejoint en 1979 comme psychoacousticien, responsable du département Pédagogie, puis responsable des Systèmes personnels et développement en 1986. Il a quitté l'Ircam en 1988 pour rejoindre le CNMAT (Center for New Music and Audio Technologies) à l'université de Californie à Berkeley, qu'il a dirigé jusqu'à sa mort. Membre du conseil scientifique de l'Ircam au cours des vingt dernières années, il l'a marqué par sa présence active et sa constante force de proposition.Faisant preuve d'un grand esprit d'ouverture, toujours au fait des dernières avancées scientifiques et technologiques qu'il partageait avec générosité, il a tracé tout au long de sa carrière des voies novatrices dans différents domaines. Ses premiers travaux dans les années 70 à l'université de Michigan sur le contrôle compositionnel du timbre trouvent de nombreuses applications en lien avec les recherches sur les descripteurs audio.  Dans la continuité de ces travaux, il a contribué à la constitution à l'Ircam d'une direction de recherche en psychoacoustique et psychologie cognitive de l'audition, toujours active aujourd'hui. Au milieu des années 80, il a été l'un des premiers à identifier le potentiel d'une micro-informatique naissante, avec l'apparition des Macintosh d'Apple et de la norme MIDI, qu'il a introduite à l'Ircam et qui a révolutionné l'informatique musicale. Coordinateur de l'édition 1984 de l'ICMC (International computer music conference) d'une ampleur particulière, il a contribué à la structuration de cette communauté interdisciplinaire. Ses travaux précurseurs sur les interfaces gestuelles et l'interaction interprète-ordinateur ont par la suite trouvé un large développement, autour de la constitution de la communauté NIME (new instruments for musical expression). Le format OSC, destiné à la communication inter-applications de données structurées sur les réseaux, a été conçu au CNMAT et est devenu un standard largement adopté pour les applications musicales et audio.Le concert Ircam Live du 20 novembre à l’Espace de projection lui sera dédié.

Functional Genomics Workshop

FRI - News and Events - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 23:00

We are hosting star scientists from The Donnely Center and US for two-day workshop.

CNMAT mourns the loss of Professor David Wessel

CNMAT, UC at Berkeley - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 22:27
Start: 2014-10-17 13:00 End: 2014-10-17 18:00

MTI Mix 1 - Concert Pace 1 Wednesday 22nd October 7pm

We launch our 15th Birthday Season in the traditional way celebrating our members great success over the last year.

Ben Ramsay Reload - Refract – Repeat
Ben completed his doctorate with MTI last year with these pieces which cross over between electronica and acousmatics.
Panos Amelides The Olympic Games Piece
Panos continues his explorations of electroacoustic storytelling.
Simon Atkinson interiorities viii
A new work in the interiorities series from the master of sustained and intricate atmosphere.
Elliott Murray Chop Boss In Action
Elliott (third year MTI BA student) won Spotify’s Midihack contest in Stockholm in June with his own Max-based instrument the Chop Boss. Check out Youtube for a preview.
All welcome! Entry Free!
This is the first concert for the reports for assessments for MUST1009, MUST2003, MUST2007 - also essential for MUST3000/3024 Projects and dissertations.

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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