News and Events

Phonos Concert: Ellen Fallowfield, cello and electronics
On Tuesday 23rd of February 2010 at 19:30h on the Espai Polivalent of the Tànger Building, Phonos Foundation organizes a concert by Ellen Fallowfield performing pieces by cello and electronics.
19 Feb 2010 - 12:36 | view
Seminar by Michael Gurevich on "Style and Constraint in Electronic Musical Instruments"

Michael Gurevich, from the School of Music and Sonic Arts of Queen's University Belfast, will give a seminar on "Style and Constraint in Electronic Musical Instruments" on Wednesday 24th of February 2010 in room 52.S31 at 18h. This seminar takes place in the context of the Postgraduate Programme in Sonology.

Style is the ability to impart a unique and personal imprint on an activity; it is what distinguished a virtuosic performer from a highly skilled one. To experience a performance with style, one must be able to assess not only what the performer is doing, but how they are doing it, or how they are doing it differently than someone else would. But digital musical instruments, and digital devices in general, present significant challenges to the cultivation of style and our ability to perceive it. In this talk, I will present our concept of style and its impact in the user experience and the spectator experience, both in the context of music performance and in interactions with a wide array new technologies. I will report on the results of a recent study of performers that explored the relationship between constraint in design and the development of style. 

19 Feb 2010 - 11:00 | view
Post-doc positions funded by the spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation
The spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation has announced a call for post-doc positions within the programs Ramon y Cajal and Juan de la Cierva. These programs aim at incorporating post-docs into the spanish research centers.
11 Feb 2010 - 13:01 | view
PhD positions at the MTG to start in the Fall 2010

The Music Technology Group of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelonais opening 4 funded PhD positions to start in the Fall of 2010. Thecandidates have to apply before May 15th to the PhD program of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies of the UPF.

The MTG carries out research in topics such as as sound processing and synthesis; music content description;interactive music systems; computational models of perceptual and musiccognition; and the technologies related with music social networks. The accepted PhD students will carry out researchwithin one of the projects of the MTG and thus the candidates have todemonstrate a research record and make a research proposal related toone of these topics. Depending on his/her academic background acandidate may be asked to apply to the Master in Sound and Music Computing before being considered for the PhD.

Out of the 4 positions available we are looking to fill one position within a research project related to acquisition, analysis and modelling of bowed-string performance gestures and we are also looking for someone to work within our line of research related to singing voice synthesis.

PhD candidates should first contact Prof. Xavier Serra in order to get an initial approval of the research proposal to be submitted.

11 Feb 2010 - 12:33 | view
Seminar by Gérard Assayag from IRCAM

On Thursday February 4th 2010 at 3:30pm, Gérard Assayag, from the Music Representation Group of IRCAM, will give a seminar on the recent research of his team on symbolic music computing. The seminar will be in room 52.321

Abstract: The lecture will present recent works by the Music Representation team at Ircam. We have been primarily involved in symbolic music computing, and we have designed the OpenMusic visual language for composition and computational musicology. As the sound and music computing research area progresses, efforts are made by the signal community to provide more and more high-level descriptions (perceptive/cognitive level) and efforts are made by the symbolic computing community to get closer to the physical / perceptive reality. The Music Representation team has followed this evolution. There are many places now where things join together in order to provide fine intertwinning between music logics, signal technology and interaction. A by-product of OpenMusic and Max, the OMax computer improvisation system that I have designed with colleagues G. Bloch, M. Chemillier and S. Dubnov is a good example of what we call sign/signal integration.

1 Feb 2010 - 15:28 | view
KaleiVoiceCope facebook application

The Music Technology Group has released it's first Facebook application: KaleiVoiceCope. The application allows you to record a few seconds of your own voice and transform it to sound like an old man, monster, robot or other types of voices. If you like what you hear you can post the result on your Facebook profile.

This Facebook application is a first experiment to find out how voice technologies and social networking go together. The KaleivoiceCope voice transform technology has been avaiiable in different close formats (KaleivoiceCope technology) but with this Facebook app it is now publicly accessible as a web service and on a well developed social network environment. MTG is committed to making available more of its technologies through web services as part of its Music 3.0 project.



29 Jan 2010 - 16:13 | view
Tech transfer position at MTG is now open
The Music Technology Group ( of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra is looking for a talented and self-motivated promoter to lead its funding and technology transfer activities.

- Lead public funds raising activities.
- Coordinate R&D project definition (project structure, budget, partners).
- Manage technology transfer relationships (negotiations, licensing agreements).
- Lead Intellectual Property protection activities.
- Lead the dissemination activities of the MTG.
- Collaborate on the definition of MTG long term strategy.

- Knowledge of the R&D public funding sector (EU grants and national/regional funding).
- Knowledge of Intellectual Property related aspects (Patents, technology licensing, etc.)
- Basic understanding of software development and music technology concepts.
- Languages: English and Catalan/Spanish.

This position is full-time, on-site in Barcelona, at the 22@ district. Traveling might be required from time to time. The working language in our Lab is English.

Interested people should send a resume as well as introduction letter to Xavier Serra (xavier dot serra at upf dot edu).
12 Jan 2010 - 18:17 | view
Participation at WISSAP 2010 in Mumbai
Xavier Serra gives a set of lectures at the Winter School on Speech and Audio Processing, WISSAP 2010, that takes place at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay from the 12th to the 15h of January 2010. The focus of the school is on Audio Content Analysis and Retrieval.
29 Dec 2009 - 11:30 | view
New EU funded project: SIEMPRE

The MTG is a partner in a new EU research project. The project is funded by the EU under the FET program and it is called SIEMPRE (Social Interaction and Entrainment using Music PeRformance Experimentation). The partners are: University of Genova (coordinator), Queens University of Belfast, University of Geneve, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and Italian Institute of Technology.

SIEMPRE aims at developing new theoretical frameworks, computational methods and algorithms for the analysis of creative social behavior within small groups of people. Social interaction is one of the fundamental components of human life, widely studied in psychology, receiving a growing interest from ICT scientific communities. The proposal is concerned with synchronization and in particular on emotional synchronization, which is likely to be an important driver of collaborative processes. The research activities will be focused on ensemble musical performance. Experimental scenarios will highlight the subtle and complex social interaction taking place between expert quartet musicians during live musical performance, and in listening to this music by non-expert audiences. Concrete objectives are models, techniques and algorithms for the extraction of social features based on the analysis of synchronization processes underlying expressive movements, audio and biometric signals during interpersonal creative communication.

MTG’s tasks in the project will be devoted to the acquisition, analysis and modelling of bowed-string performance gestures involved in sound production mechanisms, especially bowing gestures.

23 Dec 2009 - 11:12 | view
Preregistration open for the postgraduate programs in Music Technology
The preregistration for the Master in Sound and Music Computing and for the Postgraduate programme in Sonology for the academic year 2010-2011 are now open. The first registration period for the SMC Master ends on January 15th, 2010 (check application calendar).
21 Dec 2009 - 18:28 | view