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Summer School in Sound and Music Computing
This Summer School is organized by the S2S^2 project and the Music Technology Group of the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, with the goal to promote interdisciplinary education and research in the field of Sound and Music Computing. The School is aimed at graduate students working on their Master or PhD thesis, but it is open to any person carrying out research in this field.

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24 Jul 2006 - 00:00 | view
CLAM wins the 2006 ACM Open Source Multimedia Contest

According to the jury: "CLAM is a remarkably comprehensive system with impressive capabilities". The award will be presented in the forthcoming ACM Multimedia Conference [2].

The ACM Open Source Competition is a prestigious international contest that is now in its third year. Last year, for instance, the award was given to the OpenVidia library for GPU accelerated Computer Vision [3].

CLAM is an open-source C++ framework for doing research and application development in the audio and music domain. It offers a conceptual model for audio systems, a repository of processing algorithms, data types, and tools , as well as applications for analysis, synthesis and processing of audio signals. These features can be exploited to build cross-platform applications or to build rapid prototypes.

CLAM is coordinated by Xavier Amatriain at the University of California Santa Barbara but is mostly developed at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (Spain) by a team led by Pau Arumi and David Garcia. CLAM is now being developed thanks to a grant from the STSI at the Catalan Government (Generalitat de Catalunya).

This award culminates 5 years of ongoing research and development and the authors wish to thank all the past developers as well as all of our users and people who have given support throughout these years.
ACM Multimedia Open Source Competition
12 Jul 2006 - 12:34 | view
Epson rewards the PhD project of Emilia Gómez
Epson rewards the PhD project of Emilia Gómez: Tonal Description of Music Audio Signals

Emilia Gómez has obtained the second Rosina Ribalta prize, granted by the EPSON Foundation to the best PhD Thesis projects within areas of Information Technologies and Communications

Considering the quality and the methodology of the project, its social and scientific interest and the merits of the applicant, the jury has unanimously decided to give this second award to Emilia Gómez for her project titled "Tonal Description of Music Audio Signals"
19 Jun 2006 - 17:50 | view
Foafing the music wins 2nd prize of the Semantic Web Challenge 2006

Foafing the music, the next generation of music recommenders, has won the 2nd prize of the Semantic Web Challenge 2006

The overall objective of the Semantic Web Challenge is to apply Semantic Web techniques in building online end-user applications that integrate, combine and deduce information needed to assist users in performing tasks.

Foafing the music started under the SIMAC IST-EU project. SIMAC (Semantic Interaction with Music Audio Contents) is about software tools to enhance our music enjoyment experience.

8 Jun 2006 - 14:08 | view
PhD fellowships in music technology at the Pompeu Fabra University

The Music Technology Group (MTG) of the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona is offering fellowships for two Ph.D. students to work in the areas of Sound Synthesis and Music Information Retrieval to start in September 2006.

The Music Technology Group specializes in audio processing technologies and their music and multimedia applications. Specific areas of interest of the group are: audio processing and synthesis, music information retrieval, singing voice processing, and interactive systems.

The candidates will have to apply and be accepted in the PhD in Sound and Music Computing of the Department of Technology.The PhD is devoted to carry out a PhD thesis and depending on his/her academic background a candidate may be asked to enroll in the Master in Information Technologies, Communication and Audiovisual Media before being accepted to carry out the PhD Thesis. Also the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department or the PhD supervisor may ask a student to take specific Master courses, to complement education.

The candidates should have experience in Audio Signal Processing and have worked in the field of Music Technology.

Applicants should send a CV and a covering letter to:

Prof. Xavier Serra
Music Technology Group
Pompeu Fabra University
Barcelona, Spain
xserra at

1 Mar 2006 - 12:05 | view
Freesound guanya el premi Ciutat de Barcelona 2005 en la categoria de multimèdia

El jurat del premi Ciutat de Barcelona 2005 va guardonar per unanimitat en la categoria de multimèdia a Xavier Serra, director del Grup de recerca en Tecnologia Musical (GTM) de l'Institut Universitari de l'Audiovisual (IUA) de la UPF, conjuntament amb l'investigador del IUA Bram de Jong, com a responsables de la creació de la base de dades col·laborativa “The Freesound Project”. El jurat va valorar molt especialment l'aportació tecnològica i creativa del projecte, així com la possibilitat que ofereix de compartir més de 13.000 sons en accés lliure, sons que han estat ja utilitzats en prop d'un milió i mig de descàrregues.

El Freesound Project és una comunitat en línia que ofereix una plataforma estable perquè músics, artistes sonors, investigadors i altres interessats puguin intercanviar sons lliure i gratuïtament . La pàgina web permet que tothom hi participi penjant-hi i baixant-ne sons que van des d'enregistraments de camp, efectes sonors, gravacions d'instruments musicals, fins a sons processats electrònicament.

El Grup de Tecnologia Musical (GTM), pertanyent a l'Institut de l'Audiovisual (IUA) de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra, es va crear el 1994 de la mà de Xavier Serra i s'ha especialitzat en tecnologies relacionades amb el processament del so i les seves aplicacions al camp de la música i el multimèdia. Integrat per més de 40 investigadors de diverses disciplines, el GTM duu a terme projectes de recerca i desenvolupament en àrees com ara el processament i la síntesi del so, anàlisi i identificació de contingut sonor, sistemes interactius i eines de programari.

De moment, s'han fet públics els guanyadors de nou de les categories de les vint que atorga el Premi Ciutat de Barcelona. Els premis es lliuraran el proper dilluns 13 de febrer al Saló de Cent de l'Ajuntament.

Més informació sobre el projecte:
The Freesound Project

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Video Freesound Ciutat de Barcelona Video

31 Jan 2006 - 20:24 | view
Workshop on "Brain Science, Music Understanding, and Music Technology, The limits of current research and perspectives beyond".

The Music Technology Group of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, together with the S2S^2 and EmCAP European projects invite you to a one-day workshop related to multidisciplinary approaches to the understanding of music cognition, limits of current research and perspectives at the interface between music, technology, brain science and psychology.

30 Nov 2005 - 17:00 | view
Freesound reaches 10000 sounds and is featured on slashdot...
"In less that 7 months Freesound has grown to 30,000 users and today we finally reached the first goal of the project: we've collected over 10,000 samples, added by various people around the globe." As a result freesound was featured on resulting in more that 100000 visits from slashdot.
28 Nov 2005 - 12:37 | view
Foafing the music, the next generation of music recommenders

The Music Technology Group presents the first music recommender system based on user's profile. This means that, depending on what you like, what you listen to, where you live, you get personalized music recommendations.

It's done under the SIMAC IST-EU project. SIMAC (Semantic Interaction with Music Audio Contents) is about software tools to enhance our music enjoyment experience.

Foafing the music makes use of information available on other websites (in the form of thousands of RSS feeds) to recommend you music that you'll love!

The system uses the vocabulary created in the Friend of a Friend (FOAF) project to define user preferences. The FOAF project is about creating a Web of machine-readable homepages describing people, the links between them and the things they create and do.

Moreover, the system gets noticed of your listening habits (using your account and the Audioscrobbler plugin). This way, you're always discovering new and exciting music, based on the music you listen to.
Then, based on your user profile and your listening habits the system recommends you:

  • Artists similars to the ones you like
  • New music releases from your favourite and recommended artists (from sources such as: iTunes, Amazon, Yahoo shopping and the like)
  • Related MP3-blogs to download
  • Podcast sessions to stream/download
  • Automatic creation of playlists based on acoustic and musical similarity calculated from the audio
  • Incoming concerts near your city
  • Artists' related news

Related links:
20 Oct 2005 - 21:50 | view
International Computer Music Conference 2005

The Phonos Foundation, the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, and the Higher School of Music of Catalonia in conjunction with the International Computer Music Association, is proud to announce ICMC 2005. The conference will take place in Barcelona, Spain, from the 5th to 9th of September 2005, with pre-conference workshops on September the 4th.

ICMC is the pre-eminent annual gathering of computer music practitioners from around the world. Its unique interleaving of professional paper presentations and concerts of new computer music compositions creates a vital synthesis of science, technology, and the art of music.

By choosing free sound as this year's leitmotif, we aim to emphasise the idea of freeing sound from its current aesthetic, technical and legal confines. We wish to promote an open discussion about the extent to which sound is considered a community asset -- an asset that belongs to society and cannot be privatised. Thus, we encourage contributions that emphasise these and related topics.

More Information: International Computer Music Conference 2005
5 Sep 2005 - 09:00 | view