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Phonos: Ping Teatre

On Thursday September 29th at 19:30 in the Espai Polivalent of the Communication Campus UPF-Poblenou, Phonos organizes the animated theatre session (puppet show) Cinco espisodios maltrechos, idea and realization by Ernesto Fontecilla, sound by Andrés Lewin-Richter and animation by Gabriela Sierra, Ada Fontecilla and Ernesto Fontecilla.

22 Sep 2011 - 17:39 | view
SMC Master 2011-2012 starts

The academic year 2011-2012 of the Master in Sound and Music Computing has just started.

The students enrolled this year are: Lorena Aldana (Colombia), Xavier Alejandro Duarte (Venezuela), Jeremy Friedman (USA), Sankalp Gulati (India), Jordi Hidalgo (Spain), Hector Parra (Spain), Andrew R Stella (USA), Hector Floria Rodriguez (Spain), Enric Giné (Spain), Oscar Casanovas (Spain), Marc Freixes (Spain), Varun Jewalikar (India), Felipe Luis Navarro Valero (Spain), Sergio Iván Giraldo (Colombia), Aluizio Barbosa de Oliveira Neto (Brazil), Jakue López Armendáriz (Spain), Alessandro Escomputo (Italy), Carlos Vaquero (Spain), Emilio Molina (Spain), Stelios Togias (Greece).

20 Sep 2011 - 09:59 | view
SMC Master thesis 2010-2011 online

All the master thesis done by the students of the Master in Sound and Music Computing during the academic year 2010-2011 are now online:

17 Sep 2011 - 10:33 | view
Joan Serrà wins a price for his PhD thesis

Joan Serrà has been awarded a price of the Board of Trustees of the UPF dedicated to promote the knowledge transfer within the members of the university. The price is in the category of recent PhD thesis with big knowledge transfer potential. Joan's thesis was on "Identification of versions of the same musical composition by processing audio descriptions".

13 Sep 2011 - 09:53 | view
Freesound 2 is up!!!

We just released the new website, a completely redesigned and rebuilt system with many new features and possibilities for further growth.

For quite a long time we have been working on and announcing an upgrade of freesound. Finally, with the great development work by Bram de Jong, Vincent Akkermans, Gerard Roma, Frederic Font, Stelios Togias and Jordi Funollet, we made a final push during the last six months that has resulted in this great new site. Enjoy  it!!!

8 Sep 2011 - 17:41 | view
TEI 2013 Conference at the UPF

TEI 2013, the Seventh International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, will be held at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona (Spain), in February 2013.

TEI is an international conference dedicated to present the latest results in tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction. The work presented at TEI addresses HCI issues, design, interactive art, user experience, tools and technologies, with a strong focus on how computing can bridge atoms and bits into cohesive interactive systems. The intimate size of this single-track conference provides a unique forum for exchanging ideas and presenting innovative work through talks, interactive exhibits, demos, hands-on studios, posters, art installations and performances.

The conference will be co-chaired by Sergi Jordà and Narcis Parès (both from Pompeu Fabra University), with the collaboration of many international researchers in the field, including Martin Kaltenbrunner (Kunstuniversität Linz, Austria), David Kirk (University of Newcastle, UK), Paul Marshall (University of Warwick, UK), Alvaro Casinelli (University of Tokyo, Japan), Tom Moher (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA), Yvonne Rogers (Open University, UK) and Bill Verplank (Stanford University, USA).

With a diverse group of organizers and institutions, the excellence of Pompeu Fabra's venues and facilities, and the well-known charms of the city of Barcelona, we believe we will be able to offer one of the most exciting TEI conferences yet!

See you in Barcelona in February 2013!

3 Aug 2011 - 12:08 | view
Seminar by Preeti Rao on Indian classical singing

On Wednesday July 20th 2011 at 5pm in room 55.410, Preeti Rao, from IIT Mumbai, will give a talk on "Objective assessment of ornamentation in Indian classical singing"

Abstract: Important aspects of judging a singing performance include musical accuracy and voice quality. In the context of Indian classical music, not only is the correct sequence of notes important to musical accuracy but also the nature of pitch transitions between notes. A higher level of singing skill involves achieving the necessary expressiveness via correct rendering of ornamentation, and this ability distinguishes a well trained singer from an amateur. We explore objective methods to assess the quality of ornamentation rendered by a singer with reference to a model rendition of the same song. Computational methods are proposed for the perceptually relevant comparison of complex pitch movements, and validated with respect to subjective ratings by human experts.

17 Jul 2011 - 10:51 | view
Open MTG/Phonos position for a cultural and financial manager

The Music Technology Group of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Phonos Foundation are seeking a cultural and financial manager.

Minimum requirements of candidates:

  • University degree in a related field;
  • proficient knowledge of Spanish, Catalan and English;
  • experience with management of R&D or cultural projects (2-3 years minimum experience expected); and
  • knowledge of the funding sources for cultural projects at European, national and regional level.

Desired capacity to demonstrate:

  • Experience in budget elaboration, control and reporting of research and cultural projects;
  • excellent communication and inter-personal skills, including written communication and networking or dissemination activities; and
  • experience in events organization and capacity to plan, organize, lead, supervise and monitor activities.

The overall target of the position is to contribute to group success such that:

  • The efficiency and efficacy of the management processes in the MTG and Phonos Foundation increases;
  • researchers in the MTG are more productive and satisfied with the service provided;
  • visibility of MTG and Phonos Foundation results increases within the international scientific community and general society; and
  • management fundraising and development for Phonos Foundation projects and activities.

And will include the following responsibilities:

  • Contribute to consolidate the activities of Phonos Foundation;
  • the relation with internal (UPF Research Services, Secretary of the Department) and external stakeholders (project partners, providers, clients, public administration, etc); and
  • content management of the Phonos Foundation website.

Main tasks:

  • Cultural and research projects:
    • Fundraising for cultural projects and activities;
    • management of projects and reporting to public administration (including ERC grants, FP7 projects, Plan Nacional I+D+i, other cultural programs, etc.);
    • financial reporting of the research and cultural projects to the responsible person, and collaboration in the future budget projection; and
    • driving legal and financial aspects to completion.
  • Communication and events organization:
    • Social media (twitter, linkedin, distribution lists, etc.);
    • dissemination activities (with special emphasis in the generation of communication material); and
    • events planning and organization.

About the position:

This position is full-time (dedication to be shared between MTG and Phonos Foundation), on-site in Barcelona, at the 22@ district. Traveling might be required from time to time.

The Music Technology Group (MTG) at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, integrating researchers from different disciplines with the unified vision to improve the information and communication technologies related to sound and music, carries out competitive research at the international level and at the same time transferring its results to society.

Phonos Foundation promotes the use of technology, especially computers, in music. Thanks to a tight collaboration with the MTG it offers a work environment based on the most advanced technologies with the objective to experiment with new forms of creation and sound control.To carry out the objectives of the Foundation, activities are organized in the areas of education, production, research and promotion.

Selection process: CVs will be evaluated following the criteria above. A reduced set of candidates will be contacted for personal interviews

If you are interested in this position, please send your CV together with a brief motivation letter to alba [dot] rosado [at] upf [dot] edu with the reference Operational Manager before July 18th 2011

8 Jul 2011 - 17:49 | view
Seminar by Ichiro Fujinaga on his research on digital libraries

On July 4th at 18:00h in room 55.410, Ichiro Fujinaga, from McGill Univ., gives a seminar on "Current Research at Distributed Digital Music Archives and Libraries Laboratory".

 Abstract: The main goal of this research program is to develop and evaluate practices, frameworks, and tools for the design and construction of worldwide distributed digital music archives and libraries. Over the last few millennia, humans have amassed an enormous amount of information and cultural material that is scattered around the world. It is becoming abundantly clear that the optimal path for acquisition is to distribute the task of digitizing the wealth of historical and cultural heritage material that exists in analogue formats, which may include books, manuscripts, music scores, maps, photographs, videos, analogue tapes, and phonograph records. In order to achieve this goal, libraries, museums, and archives throughout the world, large or small, need well-researched policies, proper guidance, and efficient tools to digitize their collections and to make them available economically. The research conducted within the program addresses unique and imminent challenges posed by the digitization and dissemination of music media. In this talk various research currently conducted at our laboratory will be presented, including optical music recognition, workflow management for automatic metadata extraction of LP recordings, Networked Environment for Music Analysis (NEMA), creation of ground truth for music structural and chord analysis, and evaluation of digitization methods for analogue recordings.

26 Jun 2011 - 22:39 | view
Phonos: Octophonic Concert
On Tuesday June 28th 2011 at 19:30h in the Espai Polivalent, Phonos is organizing an Octophonic concert.
23 Jun 2011 - 19:16 | view