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2nd International Workshop on Quantitative and Qualitative Music Therapy Research
26 May 2017

Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Room 55.309 (located at Tanger Building)
Roc Boronat 138
08018 Barcelona
 

Motivation
Music is known to have the power to induce strong emotions and physiological changes. Musical activities have a positive impact in the perception of quality of life and may even improve cognitive, social and emotional abilities. it is not surprising that a variety of clinical conditions are often treated with music therapy. Large scale studies have shown that music therapy produces significant improvements in social behaviors, overt behaviors, reductions in agitated behaviors, and improvements to cognitive problems, However, the positive effects of music therapy are not homogeneous among all studies, and there is often a lack of formal research involving quantitative and qualitative methods to assess the benefits and limitations of music therapy in concrete treatments. A special topic in this year's workshop is Accessible Music Interfaces as a means to allow people with disabilities to perform and compose music. A concert involving several accessible music interfaces is planed as part of the workshop.


Workshop aims
The aim of the workshop is to promote fruitful collaboration among researchers, music therapists, musicians, psychologists and physicians who are interested in music therapy and its effects, evaluated by applying quantitative and qualitative methods. The workshop will provide the opportunity to learn about, present and discuss ongoing work in the area. We believe that this is a timely workshop because there is an increasing interest in quantitative and qualitative methods in music therapy.


Agenda
The workshop will feature paper presentations and open discussions. The accepted contributions will be available from the workshop web page as soon as possible in order to encourage active discussion during the workshop. At the end of each paper session there will be time allocated for discussion. Each discussion will initially be focused on the research reported by the session contributions, and then generalized to the session general topic. At the end of the workshop there will be a dedicated session to discuss about the perspectives and future directions of quantitative and qualitative music therapy.

 
15 May 2017 - 14:21 | view
Seminar and concert by Leonello Tarabella on the composer Pietro Grossi
18 May 2017

On Thursday May 18th, there will be two events dedicated to the Italian composer Pietro Grossi. At 15:30 in room 55.309, Leonello Tarabella gives a seminar on "The experience on computer music of Pietro Grossi in Pisa, Italy, in the centenary of his birth". At 19:30 there will be a concert in the Sala Polivanent including acousmatic works by Pietro Grossi and audiovisual interactive works by Leonello Tarabella.

Abstract of seminar:
I hereby report the approach of M° Pietro Grossi in using computers of the ‘70s and ‘80s for producing music.
Due to the low power of computers of those years (clock at 10 MHz and RAM memory of not more than 1Mbyte at the best), it was impossible to synthesize in real time audio signals of some relevance. The technique commonly used was the so called “offline” synthesis: this means that the computed samples of an audio signal were first cumulated sequentially on mass memory supports such as magnetic tapes or disks and then, in order to get sound, back-read and sent at the proper sampling rate to a Digital-to-Analog converter. As a result, depending on the complexity of the sound synthesis model and the number of voices of a composition, the process required even hours of computation for few minutes of music.
The philosophy of M.Grossi was that of “real-time”. For that, the special device “TAU2 audio terminal” was developed in Pisa at CNUCE and IEI, two institutes of C.N.R. (National Research Counsel) deeply active on researches on computer science.
Based on a hybrid electronic architecture (digital in control - analog in synthesis) TAU2 was able to play with polyphony of 12 voices under the control of a mainframe 370/68 IBM computer.
Once the TAU2 was assembled and put at work by the many engineers and technicians of both the CNUCE and IEI institutes, M.Grossi developed by himself the music programs writing down hundreds and hundreds of code lines in FORTRAN language, in those years the most popular language used by the scientific community.

Program of concert:
Pietro Grossi's acousmatic works: "Computer Music", "Paganini al Computer", "BACH/Grossi", "SATIE-JOPLIN-GROSSI", "SOUND LIFE".
Leonello Tarabella interactive works: "Strip lines", "Dance&Fluid", "Masses", "LHC", "Jacaranda", "Sound carrier", "Serenade".

more info on concert: concert program

15 May 2017 - 09:59 | view
Seminar on Sound Interaction and Online Communities at the Biennale di Venezia

In the frame of the artistic project 'La Venezia che non si vede. Unveiling the Unseen’, that is part of the Biennale di Venezia, on May 15th to 16th will take place an international seminar called "Cartographies of the unseen". The MTG will participate in the seminar with a session about Sound Interaction and Online Communities that will be conducted by Frederic Font.

11 May 2017 - 17:59 | view
Artistic residence for TELMI project

TELMI project participates to the VERTIGO STARTS Artistic Residencies Program in order to host an artist that will work at the MTG using the technologies of TELMI for a creative outcome. The collaboration with the artist will extend the dissemination of the technologies developed in the project by working and collaborating in an artistic scenario.

VERTIGO is a project supported by H2020 program that aims to catalyze new synergies between artists, cultural institutions, R&D projects in information and communication technologies (ICT), companies, incubators and funds. The call for artists is open until May 22nd, 2017. Find more information in VERTIGO website.

 

3 May 2017 - 14:42 | view
Phenicx project at Fira de Recerca en Directe 2017

The research of Phenicx project and the game Becoming the Maestro will be presented in the frame of the Fira de Recerca en Directe, an event organized by Parc Científic de Barcelona (UB) and La Caixa Foundation to approach the research to secondary school students, that will take place at Cosmocaixa in Barcelona from May 3rd to 6th, 2017.

Alvaro Sarasua and Sonia Rodriguez will introduce the research behind Phenicx project to the young students in order to show how the technology can enrich the experience of live classical music. The participants will have the opportunity to try Becoming the Maestro, an interactive game to play the role of the conductor of an orchestra during a concert in a way that allows users to better understand musical concepts of symphonic music.
 

20 Apr 2017 - 11:38 | view
Learn how to sing flamenco with technologies

Sonia Rodríguez and Emilia Gómez, from the MTG, started a project in collaboration with the flamenco singer and teacher Alba Guerrero.

The goal of the project is to use music information retrieval technology to teach flamenco singing and support the explanation of of specific vocal resources of flamenco cante. 

We created a web page Cante Flamenco Tech and Youtube Channel Cante Flamenco Tech where we will be updating with the videos, presenting the most common vocal ornaments in cante flamenco.

You can follow the channel to be updated with news and videos. 

 

 

7 Apr 2017 - 12:15 | view
Seminar on Technology-enhanced music learning, health and well-being
30 Mar 2017

Rafael Ramírez will present the reasearch done in the Music and Machine Learning lab of the MTG as part of the ETIC Integrative Research seminars, under the title "Technology-enhanced music learning, health and well-being" The seminar will take place on March 30th at 12:30 pm at the Auditorium.

Abstract:
Learning to play a musical instrument has been showed to provide several benefits for acquiring non-musical skills. However, there is a lack of generalised access to music education, and musical instrument learning is mostly based on the master-apprentice model in which the student’s interaction and socialization is often restricted to short and punctual contact with the teacher followed by long periods of self-study resulting in high abandonment rates. In such scenario, modern technologies are rarely employed and almost never go beyond audio and video recording. Our research aims to study how we learn musical instruments from a pedagogical and scientific perspective in order to create new interactive, assistive, self-learning, augmented-feedback, and social-aware systems complementary to traditional teaching. The aim is to allow more people to have access to music education, including people with motor disabilities, and reduce abandonment rates among music students. In this seminar, I will take the opportunity to present some of the research carried out in our research lab on areas such as technology-enhanced music learning, expressive performance modelling, accessible music interfaces, as well as some applications to health and well-being.

29 Mar 2017 - 15:42 | view
2 PhD students join the MTG thanks to Industrial PhD program

Two PhD students are joining the MTG thanks to the industrial doctorate program from AGAUR, which supports collaboration between universities and industrial partners, in this case both from Barcelona. These students, although working at the company, will spend some time at the MTG and collaborating with researchers here.

Emilia Gómez is the academic supervisor of these projects, which are both linked to our research on audio processing and description:

  • "Music/Speech Detection in Broadcast Media Programs" in collaboration with BMAT, in particular with Emilio Molina (supervisor at BMAT). Blai Meléndez Català is our PhD fellow, and the goal of this project is to research on the task of audio segmentation and tagging in the context broadcast recordings.
  • "Immersive Audiovisual Production Enhacement based on 3D Audio", in collaboration with Eurecat, in particular with the audio-visual technologies group leaded by Adan Garriga (industry supervisor). This project is related to 3D audio for virtual reality applications, and Andrés Pérez is a new PhD student that will research on innovative production tools for creative industries.

There is some more info (in catalan or spanish) on the UPF web site.

23 Mar 2017 - 12:48 | view
Announcing the Riyaz music app and the creation of MusicMuni
MTG announces the release of the music education app Riyaz and the creation of the spin-off company responsible for its commercialization, MusicMuni Labs .
 
This is the result of the research done within the ERC funded project CompMusic, in which we developed technologies to foster learning and appreciation of Indian music forms, in particular, technologies to automatically evaluate how well a student is singing compared to a reference music lesson. Within the accompanying ERC proof of concept project CAMUT, we defined the exploitation plan of these technologies, developing Riyaz and creating MusicMuni Labs.
 
Riyaz is an android application to facilitate music learning for beginner to intermediate level music students by making their practice (riyaz in Hindi) more efficient. Riyaz offers hundreds of exercises along with singing lessons in Hindustani music and Carnatic music. It is also a personal vocal trainer, that listens to the singing user and provides precise feedback.
 
MusicMuni has been founded in Bengaluru (India) by two of the PhD students that developed the technologies being exploited, Sankalp Gulati and Gopala Krishna Koduri, together with Xavier Serra, director of the MTG. MusicMuni aims to catalyze and scale the music education and infotainment domains in ways accessible by and affordable to masses, by synergising the pedagogical knowledge with artificial intelligence, with a particular emphasis on learner engagement and automated evaluation.
 
 
More information:
Web of MusicMuni Labs: http://musicmuni.com/
Facebook page of Riyaz: https://www.facebook.com/RiyazApp/
 
20 Mar 2017 - 16:04 | view
Students from Lycée Français Barcelona visit the MTG

On March 17th, students of last course of Lycée Français visited the MTG to learn about the research in music technology. Juanjo Bosch, Emilia Gómez and Sergi Jordà presented the work that is being carried out in the Music Information Research Lab and Music and Multimodal Interaction Lab.

 

 

17 Mar 2017 - 20:07 | view
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