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April 2009

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Axis 1 | Axis 2 | Axis 3 | Axis 4 | Axis 5 | Axis 6



CIRMMT Training Workshops

April 28, 2009 -CIRMMT Lighting Kits for Video Production Workshop

  • Use and care of CIRMMT's Kino Flo Diva-Lite kits.

April 30, 2009 -CIRMMT Microphones for Video Production Workshop

  • Use and care of CIRMMT's hand-held, shotgun and radio lavalier microphones.


Axis 3 - Musical information archiving and retrieval

May 12th, 2009 - Research Workshop on Expressive Performance 

  • This will be a one-day workshop in Montreal on the topic of expressive performance The schedule will include two keynote talks by Roger Dannenberg (Carnegie Mellon University) and Christopher Raphael (Indiana University), several 15-20 minute talks, a poster session, and plenty of time for informal discussion between researchers interested in expressive performance.
  • The workshop will take place from 9.00 - 15.00 at BRAMS (Université de Montreal). There will be $10 registration fee for students and a $20 registration fee for faculty to cover the cost of food. Interested participants should register here.


Axis 6 -Expanded musical practice

May 21st, 2009 - workshop by John Chowning

  • Axis 6 will be hosting a workshop by computer music pioneer John Chowning. Details to be posted on CIRMMT's website.





Axis 1 | Axis 2 | Axis 3 | Axis 4 | Axis 5 | Axis 6

Distinguished Lecture Series

March 26th, 2009 - Lola Cuddy

  • Lola Cuddy (Queen's University) gave a talk entitled "Musical structures and musical memories: Studies of normal and disordered musical listenings" on March 26th 2009, 4:30 - 6:00pm, in Clara Lichtenstein Recital Hall (C-209), Strathcona Music Building, Schulich School of Music. Abstract

April 16th, 2009 - Antonio Camurri

  • Lecture on "Music and emotion: Toward computational models of empathy and entrainment", by Antonio Camurri from the University of Genova, Italy. Open to all CIRMMT members and to the general public. 4:30-6:00 p.m., followed by a wine and cheese reception, room C209.  See Abstract


Seminar Series

March 19th, 2009 - Leonardo Fuks

  • Leonardo Fuks (Rio de Janeiro Federal University School of Music) gave a talk entitled "Building Mouthpieces, Bocals and Wind Gadgets for Research, Teaching and Musical Performance". on March 19th 2009, 5:00 - 7:00pm, in Clara Lichtenstein Recital Hall (C-201), Strathcona Music Building, Schulich School of Music. Abstract


Axis 1 - Sound modeling, acoustics and signal processing

March 9th, 2009 - Scientific Python Training Workshop

  • Introduction to python programming for scientific applications. See the event web page.  

March 18th, 2009 - Understanding mouthpieces through science and practice. A workshop around single-reed instruments.

  • Scientists and instrumentalists were invited to discuss the physical phenomena happening in the mouthpiece assembly of single-reed woodwinds. 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., followed by a reception, A832, Schulich School of Music.

Axis 2 - Musical gestures, devices and motion capture

March 13th - 15th, 2009 - Music Graduate Students' Symposium

  • Erika Donald presented 'Balance & Bowing: Investigating the effects of tempo on bow arm and torso movements in expert cello playing' on March 14th.
  • Erika Donald and Xenia Pestova presented 'The Digital Orchestra Project: Digital musical instruments and performance practice' on March 15th.

March 24th, 2009 - Bio-sensor workshop with Benjamin Knapp

  • Workshop by BioMuse developer Dr. Ben Knapp from the School of Music and Sonic Arts and SARC, Queen's Univsersity Belfast. 2-4:30pm, MTCL, Schulich School of Music.

March 25th, 2009 - Doctoral Defense

  • Mark T. Marshall's doctoral dissertation defense. 10:30am, room A832, New Music Building, Schulich School of Music.

Axis Meeting

  • Axis 2 general meeting took place along with the aforementioned workshop

April 14th, 2009 - Antonio Camurri

  • Antonio Camurri will demonstrate the latest version of EyesWeb from 2 - 4 pm in A-832, New Music Building.



Axis 3 - Musical information archiving and retrieval

New DDMAL Website Launched

  • The Distributed Digital Music Archives and Libraries (DDMAL) Lab has recently unveiled a new website! Please visit us at:


April 9th, 2009 - Music Perception and Cognition Student Colloquium series 

  • A new Music Perception and Cognition student colloquium series has been initiated this February. The second meeting of the series was held on Thursday, April 9th from 4:30 - 6:30 pm at the Schulich School of Music. Thanks to Pascale Lidji and Steven Livingstone for their presentations.

April 15th, 2009 - Workshop on Music, Motion and Emotion

  • This workshop is organized by CIRMMT Research Axes 2 (Musical gestures, devices and motion capture) and 5 (Music perception and cognition). The goal of this workshop is to present and discuss current and future trends in the extraction, characterization and recognition of movement and expressive gesture in music and dance and their effects on emotional response. It will consist of talks and demonstrations by CIRMMT Distinguished Lecturer Prof. Antonio Camurri (University of Genova, Italy), and postdocs/students from the CIRMMT/BRAMS community. It will take place at BRAMS (1430, boul. du Mont-Royal, Outremont), in suite 0-120 (first floor), from 2:00 to 5:00pm on April 15 2009. The registration is free.


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CIRMMT Student Awards 2009-2010

The CIRMMT Executive Committee is delighted to announce the Student Award winners for 2009-2010.
  • Rafa Absar /Stephen Sinclair  (deferred from last year)
  • Mitchel Benovoy / Valorie Salimpoor
  • Michel Bernays
  • Parker Bert / Eliot Britton /Erika Donald
  • Jason Hockman / Joseph Malloch
  • Monseok Kim / Charalampos Saitis
  • Jimmie Leblanc /Ida Toninato
  • Anna Tirovolas
In recognition of having created an innovative bridge between scientific/technological and artistic domains, the CIRMMT Director's Interdisciplinary Excellence Prize goes to the Bert/Britton/Donald project.

CIRMMT 2009 Student Symposium

This year’s CIRMMT Student Symposium will take place Thursday, June 11. We would like to encourage all CIRMMT students to present their recent work in whatever format is most appealing, including:
  • large-format posters
  • oral presentations (20 minutes), or
  • live demonstrations and performances

Please submit a short description of your project and desired format (150 words maximum in English or French) to Johanna Devaney  (, the CIRMMT Student Representative, by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 21. Work previously presented or soon to be presented at other conferences is acceptable and encouraged.

Proposals will be chosen in order to present a broad picture of CIRMMT research, from musical compositions to computational algorithms. Sound and interactivity are highly desirable but not required.

In addition to these posters and presentations, the Student Symposium will include a keynote address from an invited guest, the CIRMMT Annual General Meeting, and an end-of-year reception with drinks, live music, and dancing.

Sound and Music Computing Conference (SMC)

10th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR 2009)