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Emilia Gómez gives a keynote speech at FMA workshop

Emilia Gómez has been invited to give a keynote speech at the 3rd International Workshop on Folk Music Analysis (FMA) that takes place in Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 6 and 7, 2013. The talk is on "Computer-Assisted Transcription and Description of Music Recordings".

The FMA 2013 is a forum to present and discuss ongoing research in the area of computational ethnomusicology.

5 Jun 2013 - 20:05 | view
Big participation at Sonar Festival 2013

As in the last few years, the MTG has an active participation in a number of activities at Sonar Festival in Barcelona. For this year’s edition, that will be held from June 13th to 15th, 2013 at Fira de Montjuïc, the MTG will drive several activities in the frame of the Sonar+D section, having a more relevant presence than in previous editions.


Music Hack Day (MHD) – Thursday, June 13th at 9AM to Friday 14th at 6PM: This edition of  MHD presents a special Neuro track (N+MHD) which aims at developing new applications interfacing music with the brain and other physiological signals. During the event, 24 amazing technologies (like Google glasses among others) will be presented and made available for 100 hackers. This MHD will happen thanks to the goodwill of 15 tech companies that are sponsoring the event.

Market Lab – Thursday, June 13th to Saturday 15th (everyday 12PM to 10PM): Exhibition of four interactive installations of students of UPF and Phonos grant:

Zoom Interactivo by Patricia Sanz and León David Cobo (CDSIM students)

Electro Bichos(CDSIM students)

Funambulista by Eva Domènech (MUAD student)

RdEs: Sonic Emergency Distributed Network by Oscar Martin (Phonos grant for creation)

Rethink the Music Innovation Summit – Thursday, June 13th from 4PM to 7PM– Panels Level 2: Sergi Jordà will be participating on this panel about the innovation in the music industry.

Barcelona Laptop Orchestra concert – Thursday, June 13th at 5PM – Sonar Complex: Live show performing with tablets.

Meet the Expert – Thursday, June 13th from 5PM to 7PM: Enric Guaus, researcher and teacher of the MTG and ESMUC will be participating in a Meet the Expert session.

Barcelona Laptop Orchestra demo – Friday, June 14th from 5PM to 5:30PM – Hands on Area: demo-workshop on how to make music with tablets.

Sinte ZA! MTG – Saturday, June 15th at 5PM – Hands on Area: The SMC student Hector Parra partners with the band ZA! to show the results of his master thesis in a demo-show.


Some MTG former members or collaborators also participate in Sonar+D activities:

Smplr – Thursday, June 13th to Saturday 15th (everyday 12PM to 10PM) – App Bar: by Marcos Alonso (former MTG researcher)

Billaboop: Vidibox – Thursday 13th at 5PM, Friday 14th at 3PM and Saturday 15th at 4PM – Hands on area: by Amaury Hazan (former MTG PhD student)

Motors & Music - Thursday 13th at 6:30PM, Friday 14th at 6:30PM and Saturday 15th at 6:30PM – Workshops area: this workshop was part of TEI’2013.

Creative Technologies Café – Friday 14th at 5PM – Panels Level 2: with Miguel García Risueño (former SMC student)

And more coming soon.

4 Jun 2013 - 18:27 | view
Defense of PhD proposals

The five PhD students of the MTG that are on their first year will have the defense of their PhD thesis proposals as a public presentation:

June 4th, room 55.410

  • 09:30h - Juanjo Bosch: "Automatic Melodic and Structural Analysis of Musical Audio" (thesis advisor: Emilia Gomez
  • 10:15h - Sankalp Gulati: "Discovery and Characterization of Melodic Motives in Large Audio Music Collections" (thesis advisor: Xavier Serra)
  • 11:00h - Ajay Srinivasamurthy: "Computational Rhythm Modeling of Indian Art Music" (thesis advisor: Xavier Serra)
  • 11:45h: Álvaro Sarasúa: "Body Movement and Expressiveness in Orchestral Classical Music" (thesis advisor: Enric Guaus)

June 20th, room 55.410

  • 10:30h - Sergio Giraldo: "Computational Modeling of Emotion, Expression, and Interaction in Music Performance" (thesis advisor: Rafael Ramirez)
28 May 2013 - 12:28 | view
Award by the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII)

Dr. Jordi Bonada has been awarded with the 'National Commendation for Invention' by the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII) for one of the patents obtained as outcome of a joint research work in singing voice synthesis carried out by the MTG (UPF) and Yamaha Corp. in Japan. Dr. Bonada, one of the inventors and the responsible person of this R&D project, has been invited to the awards ceremony which will take place on June 18, 2013 in Japan.

This Commendation has been held since 1919 by JIII for the purpose of contributing to the progress of science and technology and the development of industry in Japan. This award intends to commend persons who have accomplished extremely excellent inventions full of originality, rendered distinguished services in the working of inventions and greatly contributed to the promotion of excellent technology and to the guidance and development of human resources.

This award is a recognition to the research collaboration between the MTG and Yamaha Corp. initiated 15 years ago. As a result of this collaboration there is a great number of patents (more than 40) as well as commercial products such as the popular Vocaloid which represents an entirely new music industry paradigm.

22 May 2013 - 12:25 | view
Seminar by Jordi Navarra on auditory processing
16 May 2013

Jordi Navarra, from Fundació Sant Joan de Déu, gives a talk on "Temporal & spatial re-encoding of sound" on Thursday May 16th 2013, at 3:30pm in room 52.321.

Abstract: Our perception is always a reconstruction of our surrounding World. Two of best examples to illustrate this idea are the 'temporal recalibration of sensory signals' and the 'spatial encoding of pitch'. Regarding temporal recalibration, we showed that our response to auditory stimuli can speed-up or slow-down after adaptation to audiovisual asynchrony, perhaps reflecting that the processing of auditory signals accommodates to the visual processing time (see Navarra et al., PNAS, 2009). This may be due to the fact that visual information provides the perceiver with a better estimate of the time of occurrence of distant (audiovisual) stimuli. Regarding the spatial encoding of pitch, I am currently investigating how the "ups and downs” (in pitch) in complex auditory signals such as music or speech are remapped into spatial coordinates. In a recent study, we demonstrated that the spatial representation of high and low tones embedded in melodies can influence the spatial processing of visual stimuli.

13 May 2013 - 17:03 | view
Music and sounds from the brain
23 May 2013

On Thursday May 23rd, scientists who study the brain, along with sound researchers and musicians, will join together in the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) to offer one of the most innovative and exciting shows of recent times. The human brain responds to the melody and rhythm by changing connections between its neurons, and now science and technology allow us to see this process in real time in the show the “Brain on Stage".

During the event, we will present this year's Music Hack Day with focus in Neuroscience and also listen to some of the "Sound Fictions” created by more than 300 young adults in the workshops "Sounds, science and technology" in the frame of the Sons de Barcelona project and follow up the activities that are carried out in the KiiCS European project (Knowledge, Innovation and Incubation in Creation for science) that explores how to encourage innovation and creation by the intersection between art and science.

The event is organized by the Observatori de Comunicació Científica (OCC) from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in collaboration with Synthetic Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems (SPECS) and the Music Technology Group (MTG) from the same university, Phonos Foundation and Institut Municipal d’Educació de Barcelona (IMEB). The workshops "Sounds, science and technology" have the financial support of Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT).

8 May 2013 - 12:17 | view
Post-doctoral research positions at the UPF

The Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF, Barcelona, Spain) launches the UPFellows program to hire  postdoctoral candidates of any nationality. The first call for applications ends on July 1st 2013.

From the MTG we encourage researchers working on topics related to music technology to apply for these excellent positions. We want to support candidacies that complement and expand our current research areas.

8 May 2013 - 10:43 | view
Seminar by Justin Salamon on how to give a good presentation
8 May 2013

Justin Salamon will give a seminar titled "Even a Geek can Speak: the DO's and DONT's of giving a presentation" on Wednesday, May 8th, at 3:30pm in room 55.410.

Did you know that 93% of the impression you leave after giving a presentation is based on HOW you present your content, and not on WHAT the content actually is? Some people are natural presenters, but most of us aren't. This doesn't mean we can't become great presenters - but it requires dedicating time and thought to our presentation skills and of course practice! This tutorial addresses the basics of giving a successful public presentation, including:

  • The common mistakes you want to avoid
  • How to PLAN: prepare and organise your content before you start (structure, relevance, making it interesting, target audience)
  • How to DESIGN: prepare the actual presentation (content, graphical design, structure, conveying information clearly)
  • How to PRESENT: giving the presentation (timing, body language, using your voice, being funny, answering questions, etc.)

The presentation is geared towards technical presentations (scientific presentations, project proposals, etc.), but should be interesting also for people planning non-technical presentations - there's something in it for everyone!

7 May 2013 - 13:10 | view
MIReS Roadmap

The MIReS project has finished and with it we have completed the MIR Roadmap document. The direct link to the pdf is: An html version is available at:

The document is the result of a very participative process in which many people have been involved. The task of the writers of the document has mainly been an editorial one, trying to capture and summarise what the different stakeholders expressed as being relevant for the future of the field.  We believe that this document is a good resource for the MIR community, so please, use it and abuse it !!

2 May 2013 - 13:21 | view
PhD position on Audio Signal Processing (Source Separation)

The topic for this PhD position is “Source Separation and Signal Modelling of Orchestral Music Mixtures”. This position is funded by the PHENICX project and the starting date is October 2013

Musical Audio Source Separation relates to advanced signal processing methods that allow extracting a given instrument (sound source) from the original recording. In this case, we will focus on classical music recordings that can come in various formats (e.g, stereo catalogue tracks, multi-track on-stage orchestral recordings). The goals shall cover here both score-informed situations, e.g. supported by score-alignment, and blind situations where the score is not available. The project involves collaborating with other researchers at the MTG in the areas of Music Information Retrieval and Advanced Music Interaction, as well as with other international research partners in the PHENICX project.

Modern digital multimedia and internet technology have radically changed the ways people find entertainment and discover new interests online, seemingly without any physical or social barriers. Such new access paradigms are in sharp contrast with the traditional means of entertainment. An illustrative example of this is live music concert performances that are largely being attended by dedicated audiences only. The PHENICX project aims at bridging the gap between the online and offline entertainment worlds. It will make use of the state-of-the-art digital multimedia and internet technology to make the traditional concert experiences rich and universally accessible: concerts will become multimodal, multi-perspective and multilayer digital artefacts that can be easily explored, customized, personalized, (re)enjoyed and shared among the users. The main goal is twofold: (a) to make live concerts appealing to potential new audience and (b) to maximize the quality of concert experience for everyone. Scientific objectives of PHENICX are (i) to generate a reliable and effective set of techniques for multimodal enrichment of live music concert recordings suitable for implementation and deployment in real-world situations, and (ii) finding ways to offer the resulting multi-faceted digital artefacts as engaging digital experiences to a wide range of users. The project will establish a methodological framework to map these scientific objectives onto a solid implementation platform that will be developed incrementally and tested in real-life use settings. PHENICX will mainly focus on classical music - a European heritage asset that suffers heavily from an image of inaccessibility to outsider audiences. However, findings from PHENICX will be relevant to live concert situations in any genre. With an innovative technology partner, as well as two authoritative professional music stakeholders in the consortium, the project has strong immediate impact and dissemination potential.

Applicants should have experience in audio signal processing, and hold a MSc in a related field (e.g. acoustics, telecommunications, electrical engineering, physics, mathematics, or computer sciences). Experience in scientific programming (Matlab/Python/C++) and excellent English are essential. Expertise on source separation, multipitch and timbral analysis or source localization will be considered.

Applicants should send their CV and motivation letter to Jordi Janer (jordi [dot] janer [at] upf [dot] edu (subject: PhD%20position%20on%20Source%20Separation) ) and Emilia Gómez (emilia [dot] gomez [at] upf [dot] edu (subject: PhD%20position%20on%20Source%20Separation) ) before 7th May 2013.

24 Apr 2013 - 16:59 | view