- Guastavino, C., Gómez, F., Toussaint, G., Marandola, F., Gómez, E. (2009). Measuring Similarity between Flamenco Rhythmic Patterns. Journal of New Music Research. 38(2), 129-138.
News and Events
Article published in the Journal of New Music Research
As part of our research on flamenco music (see COFLA), Emilia Gómez has participated on a study, published in JNMR, to compare mathematical to perceptual rhythmic similarity measures in flamenco music. This work has been carried out in collaboration with CIRMMT (McGill University) and Polytechnic University of Madrid.
Seminar by Stefan Bilbao on Physical Modeling
On Thursday, December 3rd 2009, at 3pm in room 52.321, Stefan Bilbao from the University of Edinburgh, will give a seminar as an introduction to the Physical Modeling of musical instruments.
Abstract: There are lots of ways of going about designing physical modelling sound synthesis routines; probably the best known are digital waveguides, which are a great match to certain instrument types (1D, nearly linear, nearly dispersionless). Another well-known technique is modal synthesis, which was developed into the Modalys/MOSAIC environment at IRCAM. This talk is devoted to time-domain methods, and in particular, finite difference schemes, which are perhaps unfamiliar to the audio engineer; there are no delay lines, digital filters, Fourier transforms, or banks of oscillators employed! The great things about these methods are their generality, their fidelity to the physics of musical instruments and that they can be very easy to construct---there are no hypotheses about travelling waves, or linearity, or modal frequencies. The downside is that they may cost more to run, in terms of computational effort, and that there are all sorts of quirky design issues, such as numerical stability, bandwidth limitation and others to contend with! Sound examples, and possibly a piece generated in the Matlab language, will be presented.
New large research project with BMAT
BMAT, one of our spin-offs, has obtained a large project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation under the program CENIT. As part of the project BMAT will subcontract an important part of research to the MTG. The project is called BUSCAMEDIA and it is focused on the development of a complete system of multimedia search. The goal is to develop automatic technologies for semantic search of multimedia content. BMAT and the MTG will work on the audio part of the project and other spanish companies and universities will work on the text, image and video part.
Call for Participation to SMC2010
The SMC Conference is the forum for international exchanges around the core interdisciplinary topics of Sound and Music Computing. SMC 2010 will feature lectures, posters/demos, musical/sonic works, tutorials and other types of events. The SMC Summer School will take place just before the Conference and it will aim at giving an opportunity to young researchers interested in the field to learn about some of the core interdisciplinary topics and to share their own experiences with other young researchers.
Deadline for submissions of tutorial proposals: Friday 9 April 2010
Deadline for submissions of papers and music: Friday 23 April 2010
Deadline for applications to the Summer School: Friday 30 April 2010
Notification of tutorial proposals acceptances: Monday 3 May 2010
Notification of acceptance to Summer School: Monday 17 May 2010
Notification of paper and music acceptances: Monday 24 May 2010
Deadline for submission of camera-ready papers: Monday 14 June 2010
SMC 2010 School: Saturday 17 - Tuesday 20 2010
SMC 2010 tutorials: Wednesday 21 July 2010
SMC 2010 Conference: Thursday 22 - Saturday 24 July 2010
The topics to be covered at the Conference are all the core ones in Sound and Music Computing research, thus topics that can be grouped into: Processing of sound and music signals; Understanding and modeling sound and music; Interfaces for sound and music; Assisted sound and music creation.
Call for papers:
SMC 2010 will include paper presentations as both lectures and poster/demos and we invite submissions examining all the core areas of the Sound and Music Computing field. All submissions will be peer-reviewed according to their novelty, technical content, presentation, and contribution to the overall balance of topics represented at the conference. Paper submissions should have a maximum of 8 pages including figures and references. Accepted papers will be designated to be presented either as posters/demos or as lectures. More details are available here.
Call for music:
SMC 2010 will include six concerts in a hall with an octophonic system and we invite submissions that explore and take advantage of recently or newly developed technologies related to Sound and Music Computing. Three of the concerts will feature performers and interactive computer systems, one concert will feature the ESMUC laptop orchestra, another concert will feature the Reactable and another concert will be around Freesound.org. We specially welcome works by novel composers and the length of the pieces should not be longer than 10 minutes. For each concert a designated curator will put together the program from the submitted works. More details are available here.
SMC2010 will take place at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, and it is jointly organized by the Music Technology Group of the UPF, Phonos Foundation and the Department of Sonology of ESMUC.
Alfonso Perez defends his PhD Thesis on November 13th
Alfonso Perez defends his PhD thesis entitled “Enhancing Spectral Synthesis Techniques with Performance Gestures using the Violin as a Case Study" on Friday 13th of November 2009 at 10:00hin the Auditorium Mercè Rodoreda at the Ciutadella Campus of theUniversitat Pompeu Fabra (Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27, Barcelona).
The members of the jury are: Xavier Binefa (UPF), Ana Barjau (UniversitatPolitecnica de Catalunya), Anders Askenfelt (Stockholm Royal Institute ofTechnology), Vesa Valimaki (Helsinki University of Technology), Rafael Ramirez (UPF).
Esteban Maestre defends his PhD Thesis on November 12th
Esteban Maestre defends his PhD thesis entitled “Modeling Instrumental Gestures: An Analysis/Synthesis Framework for Violin Bowing" on Thursday 12th of Nomvember 2009 at 15:00h in the Auditorium Mercè Rodoreda at the Ciutadella Campus of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27, Barcelona).
The members of the jury are: Josep Blat (UPF), Rafael Ramirez (UPF), Marcelo M. Wanderley (McGill University), Vesa Valimaki (Helsinki University of Technology),José A. Rodriguez-Fonollosa (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya).
This dissertation presents a comprehensive data-driven study for computationally addressing the problem of modeling the performer’s role of transforming the discrete information appearing in an annotated musical score into the continuous physical actions driving sound production in bowed string practice. The dissertation introduces and validates a systematic approach to the acquisition, representation, modeling, and synthesis of bowing patterns in violin classical performance. Synthetic bowing parameter controls obtained from a written score are used to drive sound generation by means of both a physical model and a sample-based synthesizer.
El MTG col·labora amb l'exposició "Les Veus de la Mediterrània"
El MTG ha creat dues instal·lacións visuals d'anàlisi i representació de paràmetres dinàmics i espectrals de la veu a "Les Veus de la Mediterrània", una exposició que formarà part del Museu de la Mediterrània de Torroella de Montgrí (Girona). Les dues instal·lacions que ha programat l'Oscar Mayor consisteixen en sistemes que capten la veu del visitant de l'exposició, l'analitzen i la representen visualment a uns monitors, a temps real, mostrant diferents paràmetres de la veu com poden ser el volum, l'espectre, la freqüencia fonamental o l'espectrograma.
L'exposició "Les Veus de la Mediterrània" s'inaugura al casino de Manresa el dijous 5 de Novembre a les 7 de la tarda, en el marc de la Fira de la Mediterrània, on estarà durant dos mesos i també es podra visitar al Museu de la Mediterrània a Torroella de Montgrí a partir del 8 de març de 2010.
Workshop on Performance Gestures and Sound Generation
On November 12-13, 2009 in the Auditori Mercè Rodoreda at the Ciutadella Campus of the UPF and on the occasion of the PhD Defenses of Esteban Maestre and Alfonso Pérez, we are glad to announce the Workshop on Performance Gestures and Sound Generation. The workshop, aimed at providing an oveview of current research in the area of musical performance gestures and sound generation techniques, will consist on invited talks by experts in the field and a series of short presentations on related topics.
Big participation of the MTG at ISMIR 2009
At ISMIR 2009 the MTG will have the biggest participation ever, including 3 oral presentations, 6 posters, 1 special talk, 5 demos, and 7 successful entries to MIREX.
The 10th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, to be held this year in Kobe, Japan, from October 26th to 30th, is the reference conference for those researchers working in automatic music description and annotation, content and context analysis of music, automatic transcription, music recommendation or playlist generation.
Master thesis finished in 2009 available on line
The thirteen Master thesis from the Master in Sound and Music Computing finished in 2009 and carried out at the MTG are now online: