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Seminar by Parag Chordia on Computational Models of Hindustani music

On Tuesday June 21st at 12:00h in room 55.309, Parag Chordia, from Georgia Tech, give a seminar on "Computational Modeling of North Indian Classical Music".

Abstract: This talk will present an overview of computational and cognitive research on North Indian classical music (NICM). NICM is one of the world's most sophisticated musical traditions, with an emphasis on melody and rhythm. The talk will discuss experiments in raga recognition, the melodic abstraction around which almost all NICM is organized, with an emphasis on features and classification methods that have proved effective. NICM is characterized by flowing melodies, with a variety of ways of connecting and ornamenting notes. I will describe recent work on expressive pitch modeling based on parametric modeling. Tabla, a pair of drums played with the hands, is synonymous with NICM, and is one of the most developed solo percussion traditions in the world, possessing a sophisticated repertoire of compositions and improvisation techniques. Tabla is based on timbral patterns that are often arranged hierarchically leading to complex patterns. I will describe sequence models that we have used for tabla recognition and prediction from both audio and symbolic scores. Additionally I will present a generative tabla system, tabla gyan, that attempts to model the creative process of tabla improvisation.  The theory and practice of NICM is based on the idea that raags predictably evoke certain emotions. In several large-scale surveys, we show that such emotions are recognized in nearly the same way by enculturated and novice listeners, and that the valence of responses is closely related to the scale type. In a follow-up experiment, we show that these responses may be due to comparison with established scale norms, with lowered scale degrees leading to more negatively valenced emotions, and raised scale degrees leading to more positively valences emotions.

19 Jun 2011 - 13:32 | view
Seminar by Jean Mary Zarate on auditory processing
On Thursday June 16th 20100 at 3:30pm in room 52.321, Jean Mary Zarate from New York University gives a seminar on "Musical tasks: testing the brain's dorsal auditory stream".

Abstract:Although the neural networks involved in auditory processing have been identified, the functional role of one particular network has been debated over the past 10 years. Several models have been proposed and I will present neuroimaging research in which musical tasks have helped inform this debate.

16 Jun 2011 - 11:18 | view
METAVERSE1 project finishes successfully
The Metaverse1 Project, "Setting Global Standards among Real and Virtual Worlds", started in 2008 and has successfully finished in May 2011. It was an European ITEA2 project with the participation of industrial partners (Philips, Alcatel-Lucent, OrangeLabs, Technicolor, other) and research institutions (UPF, INRIA, Utrecht Uni., other). In the Final Review Meeting of the project, reviewers gave very positive feedback about the demonstrated technologies, and congratulated the participants for the contribution to the state-of-the-art on virtual environments.

MTG's participation focused in the area of environmental sounds, both analysis and synthesis. The contributions are two prototypes:
   - a content-based search algorithm for Freesound, using automatic classification based on a taxonomy of environmental sounds.
   - an online soundscape generation platform consisting of:
       - an authoring tool using the Freesound API.
       - a real-time audio engine for an autonomous generation and spatialization.
       - a streaming server for a multi-client personalized MP3 streaming.
10 Jun 2011 - 15:42 | view
Seminar by Ajay Kapur on 21st Century Raga

On Tuesday June 14th 2011 at 15:30h in room 55.309, Jay Kapur, from California Institute of the Arts, will give a lecture on "21st Century Raga: Digitizing North Indian Music".

Abstract: This presentation describes methods for digitizing, analyzing, preserving and extending North Indian Classical Music. Custom built controllers, influenced by the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Community, serve as new interfaces to gather musical gestures from a performing artist. Modified tabla, dholak, and sitar will be described. Experiments using Wearable sensors to capture ancillary gestures of a human performer will also be discussed. A brief history through the world of Musical Robotics will be followed by an introduction to the MahaDeviBot, a 12-armed solenoid-based drummer used to accompany a live sitar player. Presentation is full of video examples showing evolution of the body of work in the laboratory to the live performance stage. 

10 Jun 2011 - 13:59 | view
Phonos: Acousmatic Concert
On Wednesday June 8th 2011 at 19:30h, Phonos organizes an Acousmatic concert with an "Orchestra of speakers" in the Espai Polivalent.
3 Jun 2011 - 15:26 | view
Defense of PhD proposals
In the next few days there will be the public defense of the PhD thesis proposals of some of the first year PhD students of the MTG.

June 2nd 2011 (Thursday) room 55.410
9:30h Frederic Font: "Extending Sound Sample Descriptions through the Extraction of Community Knowledge to Support Online Musical Creativity" (Thesis advisor: Xavier Serra)
10:15h Panagiotis Papiotis: "Modeling performance space interdependences for musical ensembles" (Thesis advisor: Esteban Maestre)

June 3rd 2011 (Friday) room 55.410
16:45h Sebastián Mealla: "Physiology-driven Tangible Objects for Music Collaboration in a Multimodal Tabletop Interface" (Thesis advisor: Sergi Jordà)
17:30h Mathieu Bosi: "Beyond The 2D Surface Of The Reactable" (Thesis advisor: Sergi Jordà)

June 21st 2011 (Tuesday) room 55.410
10:00h Marco Marchini: "Analysis of Structure in Ensemble String Performance: from Multi-Modal Data to High-Level Performance Parameters" (Thesis advisor: Esteban Maestre)

31 May 2011 - 18:16 | view
Phonos: Concert at Ateneu Barcelonès
Phonos is organizing a concert by Harry Sparnaay and Jean Pierre Dupuy at the Auditorium of the Ateneu Barcelonès on the 27th of May, 2011 at 20:00h.
24 May 2011 - 17:04 | view
Phonos: SonoCromatic Concert
On Thursday May 19th 2011 at 19:30 in the Sala Polivalent, Phonos organizes a concert by Neil Harbisson.
17 May 2011 - 09:28 | view
Phonos: Audiovisual Instalation
On Wednesday May 18th 2011 at 19:30 in the Sala Polivalent, Phonos organizes the presentation of an Audiovisual Instalation by Arnau Sala Soler and Paco Ruiz.
16 May 2011 - 05:59 | view
Phonos: Acousmatic Concert
Acousmatic Concert organized by Phonos on May 13th 2011, Friday, at 19:30h in the Espai Polivalent.
9 May 2011 - 11:17 | view