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February 2009

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Research Spotlight - Axis 2 - 400 






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

Distinguished Lecture Series

February 19th, 2009 - Kofi Agawu

  • Lecture on "Tonality as a colonizing force in African Music", by Kofi Agawu from the Princeton University, USA. 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. Abstract

March 26th, 2009 - Lola Cuddy

  • Lola Cuddy (Queen's University) will give 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), Schulich School of Music.  


Seminar Series

February 20th, 2008 - Niels Lund

  • Niels Lund (University of Tromsø, Norway) has been working at CIRMMT this month on the World Opera project ( with the research team of Jeremy Cooperstock.  He will give a talk entitled "The World Opera: An introduction and some preliminary results" in room C-201, 555 Sherbrooke St. West, from 10am-12pm. 


live@CIRMMT Series

March 2nd -7th, 2009 - MusiMars:  Temps long - temps court (Distorted Time)

  • MusiMars 2009 is produced by the Schulich School of Music in partnership with CIRMMT, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Ensemble Viva Voce.  The Artistic Director is CIRMMT member Denys Bouliane.  For program details, visit:


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. Registration is free. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., room TBA.

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

  • Scientists and instrumentalists are 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, room A832.

March 19th, 2009 - Lecture by the invited researcher Leonardo Fuks

  • "Building mouthpieces, bocals and wind gadgets for research, teaching and musical performance".
  • time and room to be announced


Axis 2 - Musical gestures, devices and motion capture

March 23rd-25th, 2009 - Bio-sensor workshop with Benjamin Knapp

  • We look forward to welcoming BioMuse developer Dr. Ben Knapp from the School of Music and Sonic Arts and SARC, Queen's Univsersity Belfast,  in conjunction with Mark T. Marshall's Ph.D. dissertation defence.  Time and date TBA.

Axis Meeting

  • Axis 2 general meeting will take place along with the aforementioned workshop. Date and time TBA.


Axis 5Music perception and cognition

February 27th, 2009 - Workshop on Music and Pain

  • BRAMS, CIRMMT and the Faculté de Musique of the Université de Montréal will host a workshop on Music and Pain at the Université de Montréal. The workshop will feature Prof. Eckart Altenmüller (Hannover, Germany) and will discuss the future of research on music and pain. The event is co-organized by Sylvain Caron and Nathalie Gosselin.

March 24th, 2009 - Workshop on Music and Text Reading, and their Deficit

  • CIRMMT and BRAMS (International Laboratory for Brain, Music & Sound Research) will host a workshop on Music and Text Reading on March 24th, 2009, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The workshop is co-organized by Lola Cuddy (Queen's University) and Sylvie Hébert (Université de Montréal), and is open to all CIRMMT members.

Music Perception and Cognition Student Colloquium series

  • A new Music Perception and Cognition student colloquium series has been initiated this February. These meetings constitute a unique opportunity for students from various research fields such as neurosciences, psychology, music theory and musicology to interact and present their research on music perception and cognition. The next meeting will be held at the end of March 2009. Stay tuned for details!


Axis 6 - Expanded musical practice

 February 27-28, 2009 - Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

  • Andrew Stewart and Joe Malloch participate to the competition with the t-stick-sonor-j, which takes place at Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology. Andrew Stewart will perform his piece "Everybody to the Power of One".




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

Distinguished Lecture Series

January 22nd 2009 - Johan, Sundberg

  • Lecture on "The Voice as a Musical Instrument", by  Johan Sundberg from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. 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. Abstract


live@CIRMMT Series

February 17, 2009 - Robert Normandeau

  • Robert Normandeau, Faculté de musique, Université de Montréal: "Immersive cinema for the ear" MMR, New Music Building, McGill Univeristy (555 Sherbrooke St. West), 7:30-9:00 PM. More information.

Axis 1 - Sound modeling, acoustics and signal processing

January 12, 2009 - Introductory Workshop on Audiosculpt

  • This event  (see description here )  was well attended ! For those who could not make it, the workshop has been taped. We will let you know when it is ready to be viewed. Also, it seemed that there was some interest in a more advanced version of the workshop so if you have specific questions you would like to get answers to please do not hesitate to contact Bertrand Scherrer (Axis 1 Student Coordinator). 

January 21nd 2009 - Workshop on Vocal Acoustics, Physiology and Pedagogy 

  • This workshop will address acoustic, physiologic, and pedagogic aspects of voice research for members of both the scientific and music communities.  It is organized in conjunction with the Distinguished Lecture of the preeminent singing voice acoustician Johan Sundberg. Please register by clicking here. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis (30-35 seats). 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., followed by reception, room A832.

Axis 2 - Musical gestures, devices and motion capture

January 19-25, 2009 - HCI and Movement Measurements

  • Sylvia Gibet, from Université de Bretagne Sud, will be joining us at CIRMMT from Jan. 19-25 to discuss her work Modèles sensorimoteurs pour le contrôle du mouvement, Contrôle gestuel d'objets sonores – Human computer interaction and movement measurements.


Music Perception and Cognition Student Colloquium series

  • The first session of the new Music Perception and Cognition Student Colloquium was held at BRAMS on Thursday, February 12th 2009. Thanks to our speakers, Finn Upham and Sean Hutchins, for their engaging presentations and to our audience for their active participation in  the discussions.


Workshop on spatialization and Axis 6 general meeting

  • This workshop took place at the new 32-channel surround studio at the Music Faculty of the University of Montreal.  Presenters included Jonas Braasch, Robert Normandeau, Martin Marier, Nils Peters and Marlon Schumacher.  A number of technological and compositional approaches to spatialization being developed and used by CIRMMT members were presented.  They were evaluated by the participants who took part in hands-on demonstrations.  This workshop was followed by a general meeting of Axis 6.


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Sound and Music Computing Conference (SMC)

  • July 23-25, 2009: Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal 
  • Special session proposal deadline: Friday 6 March 2009
  • Paper and Music submission deadline: Friday 17 April 2009


12th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx 09)