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Research/development position at MTG-UPF
This position will involve working with a team at MTG-UPF in Barcelona to develop audio signal processing applications related to the analysis and characterization of instrumental sounds.
Starting date: mid september 2014
Duration: 12 months with option to renew
MSc degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or similar educational qualification
Experience in audio signal processing, machine learning and scientific programming (Python/C++)
Proficiency in both written and spoken English
Experience using Essentia and Freesound.org
Music education and experience in playing a musical instrument
Familiarity with web technologies
The Music Technology Group of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra is a leading research group with more than 40 researchers, carrying out research on topics such as audio signal processing, sound and music description, musical interfaces, sound and music communities, and performance modeling. The MTG wants to contribute to the improvement of the information and communication technologies related to sound and music, carrying out competitive research at the international level and at the same time transferring its results to society. To that goal, the MTG aims at finding a balance between basic and applied research while promoting interdisciplinary approaches that incorporate knowledge from both scientific/technological and humanistic/artistic disciplines. For more information on MTG-UPF please visit http://mtg.upf.edu
HOW TO APPLY?
Interested people should send a resume as well as an introduction letter to mtg [at] upf [dot] edu (subject: Research%2Fdevelopment%20position)
PhD fellowship on “Audio-Visual Approaches for Music Content Description”
The Music Technology Group and the Image Processing Group of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona are opening a joint PhD fellowship in the topic of “Audio-Visual Approaches for Music Content Description” to start in the Fall of 2014.
Music is a highly multimodal concept, where various types of heterogeneous information are associated to a music piece (audio,musician’s gestures and facial expression, lyrics, etc.). This has recently led researchers to apprehend music through its various facets, giving rise to multimodal music analysis studies.
The goal of this fellowship is to research on the complementarity of audio and image description technologies to improve the accuracy and meaningfulness of state of the art music description methods. These methods are the core of content-based music information retrieval tasks. Several standard tasks could benefit from it: Structural analysis and segmentation, Discovery of Repeated Themes & Sections, Music similarity computation and music retrieval, Genre / style classification, Artist identification and Emotion (Mood) Characterization.
This PhD will be linked to ongoing funded research projects at the MTG and GPI, such as PHENICX (Performances as Highly Enriched aNd Interactive Concert eXperiences), 'Inpainting Tools for Video Post-production. Variational theory and fast algorithms', SIGMUS (SIGnal analysis for the discovery of traditional MUSic repertoire) and MTM2012-30772.
Applicants should have experience in audio and image signal processing, and hold a MSc in a related field (e.g.
The grant involves teaching assistance, so interest for teaching is also valued.
Interested candidates should send a CV and motivation letter to Prof. Emilia Gómez (emilia [dot] gomez [at] upf [dot] edu) and Prof. Gloria Haro (gloria [dot] haro [at] upf [dot] edu) and include in the subject [PhD Audio-Visual].
Application deadline: September 1st 2014
Participation to NIME'2014
The 14th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), took place at Goldsmiths University of London between June 30th and July 3rd. The MTG took part in it presenting three papers:
Presentations of PhD proposals
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.
10:15h - Nadine Kroher (Supervisor: Emilia Gomez). Title of proposal: "Computational Transcription, Description and Analysis of the Flamenco Singing Voice". Room 55.410 (Tanger building)
11:00h - Marius Miron (Supervisor: Emilia Gomez). Title of proposal: "Source Separation and Signal Modeling of Orchestral Music Mixtures". Room 55.410 (Tanger building)
11:45h - Georgi Dhambazov (Supervisor: Xavier Serra). Title of proposal: "Analysis of timbral and phonetic characteristics of singing voice in the Turkish art music tradition". Room 55.410 (Tanger building)
12:30h - Sergio Oramas (Supervisor: Xavier Serra). Title of proposal: "Harvesting, Structuring and Exploiting Social Data in Music Information Retrieval". Room 55.410 (Tanger building)
16:00h - Rafael Caro Repetto (Supervisor: Xavier Serra). Title of proposal: "Understanding Xipi and Erhuang. Analysis of the musical dimension of Jingu Arias". room 20.287 (Ciutadella campus)
Participation to FMA 2014
Nadine Kroher, Georgi Dzhambazov, Sertan Şentürk and Xavier Serra participate to the 4th International Workshop on Folk Music Analysis that takes place in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 12th and 13th, 2014.
They are presenting the following work done at the MTG:
SMC master thesis defense
1 Jul 2014 - 4 Jul 2014
What? SMC master students 2013/2014 defend their final projects on July 1st-4th
Where? Room 55.309 Tanger building
Xavier Serra receives the ICREA Academia price for the second time
Xavier Serra has received the ICREA Academia price, given by the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies, for the second time.
The ICREA Academia program recognizes the research excellence and leadership with the goal to motivate and retain university faculty members from the catalan public universities. ICREA is an institution of the catalan government that has as a fundamental objective to hire researchers from around the world through a selection process based on scientific talent.
Concert and lecture demonstration by the Gundecha Brothers
19 Jun 2014
On June 19th 2014 and in the context of CompMusic we are organizing a lecture demonstration and a concert of the Gundecha Brothers, which are among the most prominent singers of the Dhrupad music tradition of India.
Venue: Auditorium of the Conservatori Municipal de Música de Barcelona, Bruc 112, Barcelona
17.00h–18.45h. Lecture demonstration by the Gundecha Brothers on “Making of Voice & Raga in Indian Music”
19.30h-20.00h. Presentation of the CompMusic project by Xavier Serra
20.00h–21.45h. Dhrupad concert by the Gundecha Brothers
Seminar on repovizz at McGill
A seminar by Esteban Maestre, Marie Curie Fellow, McGill University + Universitat Pompeu Fabra;
Sonar Festival 2014
12 Jun 2014 - 14 Jun 2014
Following the tradition, the MTG is behind a bunch of interesting events at Sonar Festival in Barcelona. For this year’s edition, that will take place from June 12th to 14th at Fira de Montjuïc, the MTG organises a great number of activities in the frame of the Sonar+D section.
MTG ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE:
Music Hack Day (MHD) – Thursday, June 12th at 9AM to 13th at 6PM (Thu to Fri)
This year’s edition presents news and some changes, here’s a little flavour of what’s happening:
We are really grateful to our sponsors for helping us putting this edition on: 7Digital, Deezer, GiantSteps, Kiics, MusixMatch, Native Instruments, Patchblocks, Rdio, Sendgrid, TECNIO and Universal Music.
Check out the MHD website for further details
‘MTG & FRIENDS’ stand at Market Lab – from June 12th to 14th (Thu to Sat)
Exhibition of several installations and demos of our technologies, spin-offs, students and Phonos-MTG grant:
With the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Music Hack Day initiative, we are also exhibiting in our stand some of the best hacks in MHD since its first edition in London 2009. The list of best hacks was carefully selected by a group of MHD veterans and experts and is as follows:
Together with the selection of the best hacks, people visiting the MTG stand will also have the chance to try new interactive musical interfaces based on brain activity. Two of the hacks developed within the Neuro-track in last year’s MHD will be expanded both in technological and business aspects. The two selected applications are Play your Mood, a music explorer based on the users’ emotional states, and BrainLoops, a musical interface for patients with locked-in syndrome.
These projects will be technologically supported by Starlab, whereas Barcelona Activa will provide business support to the selected creators. This initiative is promoted by KiiCS, and the Observatori de Comunicació Científica (OCC) of UPF.
Further details available here.
Giant Steps panel discussion – June 12th (Thu) from 18.30 to 19.30
Sergi Jordà, Principal Investigator of the project, will chair a panel discussion about several topics related to the Giant Steps project in which will participate two experts in electronic instruments design from Native Instruments experts and two Red Bull Music Academy musicians.
Check out the GiantSteps project website for further details
Spectral Diffractions – Mies van der Rohe pavilion – June 12th to 14th (Thu to Sat)
The SMC master student Antònio Sa Pinto collaborates with the artist Edwin van der Heide in the sound installation “Spectral Diffractions”.
Further details available in the Sonar's website