News and Events

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 - 14:28 | 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 - 15:13 | 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 - 17:17 | 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 - 10:30 | 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 - 10:12 | 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 - 17:28 | view
Article published in the Computer Music Journal

An article has been published in the Winter 2009 issue of the Computer Music Journal on the recent work done at the MTG on expressive sound synthesis based on the analysis of performances.

16 Dec 2009 - 17:59 | view
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.

6 Dec 2009 - 22:27 | view
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. 

1 Dec 2009 - 09:45 | view
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.
27 Nov 2009 - 16:46 | view