News and Events

Participation at SMC 2009
The MTG has a large presence at the 6th Sound and Music Computing Conference and the SMC Summer School that are taking place in Porto from the 18th to the 25th of July 2009. People attending include: Bram de Jong, Xavier Serra, Vincent Akkermans, Jordi Janer, Justin Salamon, Martin Haro, Emilia Gomez, Ariadna Alsina, Graham Coleman, and Hendrik Purwins. At the Summer School, Emilia is one of the coordinators, Xavier is teaching, and Bram is one of the tutors. At the conference Ariadna and Graham are playing with the Esmuc Laptop Orchestra, and there will be oral and poster presentations of the following research papers:


15 Jul 2009 - 16:13 | view
La "veu" dels Neandertals en una exposició de La Caixa
Per l'exposició "Erase una vez... ¡el habla!" de l'Obra Social "La Caixa" inaugurada el passat 9 de juliol a Gijón, el MTG ha desenvolupat un mòdul interactiu que permet als visitants transformar la seva pròpia veu per que s'assembli a la d'un home Neandertal. Aquesta exposició itinerant està dedicada a l'origen i evolució de la parla de l'espècie humana.

A partir del poc que es coneix sobre l'anatomia i la veu dels Neandertals el mòdul realitzat pel MTG transforma la veu del visitant a temps real i mostra les dificultats que aquests tenien per comunicar-se. La transformació de la veu està basada en la tecnologia kaleivoicecope a on s'han afegit tècniques de conversió de veu i efectes d'excitació vocal basats en estudis d'antropològics i hipòtesis existents.

La instal·lació estarà a Gijón fins el 30 d'Agost i desprès recorrerà diferents ciutats.
14 Jul 2009 - 12:23 | view
Freesound receives a Google Research Award and reaches 1 million registered users

For the second time the MTG has received a Google Research Award of 35.000$ to support further research and developments around Also last week reached the landmark of 1 million registered users.

Check the progression in of number of sounds and of number of user.

14 Jul 2009 - 11:31 | view
Seminar by George Tzanetakis on Computational Ethnomusicology
George Tzanetakis, from University of Victoria, will give a seminar about "Computational Ethnomusicology - Expanding the reach of Music Information Retrieval to the musics of the world" on Monday June 29th 2009 at 3pm in room 52.210,

Abstract: Music Information Retrieval (MIR) is a relatively new research area in multimedia. MIR deals with the analysis and retrieval of music in digital form. It reflects the tremendous recent growth of music-related data digitally available and the consequent need to search within it to retrieve music and musical information efficiently and effectively. Most of existing work in MIR has focused on western classical and popular music as these types of music have the largest commercial interest. In this talk I will describe two case studies in Computational Ethnomusicology that explores how MIR techniques can be applied to the study of non-Western music for which there is no standardized written reference (which is a large percentage of the music of world if not of album sales). The first case study is an automatic analysis of micro-timing in complex Afro-Cuban percussion music using rotation-aware dynamic programming. The second case study is a content and context aware web visualization interface for the study of religious chant. In addition to the technical challenges these projects presented I will also discuss the social challenges of Interdisciplinary collaborations between engineering and humanities.

25 Jun 2009 - 11:46 | view
Concurs El millor so de la revetlla 2009
Sons de Barcelona organitza  el concurs "El Millor so de la revetlla de Sant Joan". Qui enregistri el millor so de la Revetlla de Sant Joan aconseguirà la samarreta de freesound!
22 Jun 2009 - 14:52 | view
BMAT wins the Global Entrepreneurship Competition

BMAT, the first spin-off of the MTG, came out winner of the first edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Competition, the international tournament that brought together at HiT Barcelona - World Innovation Summit some of the business plans/early-stage companies with the highest growth potential in the world. The price includes an award of 50.000 Euros.

After winning the catalan and the spanish competitions (news item) BMAT was competing with 28 participants representing 21 countries. BMAT was selected by a committee formed by some of the most renowned 'Entrepreneurship Centres (business schools, universities, technology parks and incubators) in the world.

20 Jun 2009 - 10:16 | view
BMAT gana el III Premio nacional Emprendedor XXI

Después de ganar la edición catalana de Emprendedor XXI (noticia) BMAT ha ganado la edición española del premio.

El premio, dotado con 20.000 euros en metálico --adicionales a los 10.000 conseguidos por Bmat en la fase catalana--, tuvo como finalistas a las empresas Histocell, biotecnológica especializada en ingeniería de tejidos y terapia celular para su aplicación a la medicina regenerativa en el ámbito de la salud humana, e Ingenia Telecom, que se dedica a analizar y optimizar las redes de comunicación móviles de última generación.

El Premio Emprendedor XXI es una iniciativa de 'La Caixa' y el Ministerio de Industria, Comercio y Turismo y contó, en esta edición, con la participación de 312 empresas. Bmat y las dos finalistas competirán con otras 25 empresas mundiales en el primer Global Entrepreneurship Competition, enmarcado en el nuevo encuentro HiT Barcelona World Innovation Summit que se celebra desde el 17 al 19 de junio del 2009.

18 Jun 2009 - 14:53 | view
Reactable and LoopMash at Sónar
A number of Reactable-based projects done at the MTG are being shown at the Sónar Festival from the 18th to the 21st of June 2009, within SonarMàtica. The works presented were developed by students from different UPF programs, such as the Master in Digital Arts, the Master in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media as well as the course Interactive Systems Workshop I which is part of the Computer Science Studies.

Also Steinberg presents LoopMash, software developed at the MTG and part of Cubase 5, at SonarPro. There will be demos by Maarten de Boer and Fokke de Jong, the MTG developers of LoopMash, with the collaboration of Guillamino.
18 Jun 2009 - 13:22 | view
SMC Master students present their research projects

In these presentations all the students of the Master in Sound and Music Computing that are submiting their thesis in the academic year 2008-2009 will present the status of their projects.

22th June (Monday) morning, room 55.410

• 9:30. Autonomous Generation of Soundscapes using Unstructured Databases. Nate Finney
• 10:10. Representations and Control of the Spectral Model for Music Performance and Composition. Rich Eakin 
• 10:50. Expressive analysis of violin performers. Tan Hakan Ozaslan
• 11:30.  A machine learning approach to automatic accompaniement in improvised music. Dani Martín


22th June (Monday) afternoon, room 52.109

• 15:00. Tonal tension modeling based on audio chroma features. Agustín Martorell
• 15:40. Singing Voice Characterization in Polyphonic Audio. Anandhi Ramesh
• 16:20. My_Moods: Personalized Mood classification. Juan J. Cabrera
• 17:00 Music recognition. Cristian Quirante


23rd June (Tuesday) morning, room 52.201

• 9:30. Harmonic Audio Processing in Time Domain. Charalampos Christos G. Stamatopoulos
• 10:10. Real-time Guitar-Driven Synthesizer Design. Panagiotis Giotis
• 10:50. Harmonic Audio Processing in Frequency Domain. Stefan Huber
• 11:30. Non-stationary sinusoidal signal analysis. Saso Musevic


29th June (Monday) morning, room 55.410

• 9:30. Extending physical computing on the Reactable. Mathieu Bosi
• 10:10. Design of a Dynamic Sequencer for the Reactable. Leonardo Aldrey
• 10:50 DJ Playing Reactable. Robert Hutchinson
15 Jun 2009 - 17:57 | view
SMC 2010 Conference and Summer School in Barcelona
The 7th Sound and Music Computing Conference and the Summer School will take place in Barcelona from the 18th to the 23rd of July 2010 at the Communication-Poblenou Campus of the UPF. It will be co-organized by MTG-UPF, Department of Sonology of ESMUC, and Phonos Foundation, with the support of the Audiovisual Institute of the UPF. 

The main Committe of the conference will be:

  • General Chair: Xavier Serra
  • Scientific Programme Chairs: Rafael Ramirez, Emilia Gomez, Perfecto Herrera
  • Music Programme Chair: Andrés Lewin-Rchter
  • Summer School Chair: Enric Guaus
  • Conference Organization Committee: Joan Serrà, Cyril Laurier, Mohamed Sordo, Salvador Gurrera, José Lozano

The SMC Conference is an international academic event thataims at promoting exchanges around all the topics related to sound and music computing. The SummerSchool complements the conference by promoting interdisciplinary education in the field.

In october 2009 the call for participation for the conference will be made.

12 Jun 2009 - 15:42 | view