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January 2009

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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

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


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.
  • The live@CIRMMT Performance Series is open to the general public and includes three to four performances per year that highlight the artistic research output of CIRMMT. There is a pre-concert talk before each concert, during which the audience learns about the research process involved in the creation of the works being performed. Pre-concert talks are followed by a brief discussion period during which the audience can interact with invited performers and composers. As with our Distinguished Lecture Series, members of the CIRMMT community are encouraged to meet with our distinguished guests during their stay. Members are invited to submit projects for consideration on a yearly basis.


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.

Axis Meeting

  • A Research Axis 2 General Meeting will likely be held during the week of Jan. 19th.

Student Workshops

  • Student workshops on LaTex, Supercollider, and live soldering are currently being planned, so please get in touch with your Research Axis student representatives (Avrum Hollinger and Erika Donald at to indicate your interest in participating and to provide suggestions.


Axis 3 - Musical information archiving and retrieval


Axis Meeting

  • Axis 3 members will be getting together at BRAMS (1430 Boul. Mont-Royal) at the end of January for our General Meeting, at which we will discuss research interests and possible collaborations efforts. For those interested in attending, please contact your Research Axis student representatives (Jason Hockman and Tariq Daouda at for more information.


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.

Music Perception and Cognition student colloquium series

  •  A new Music Perception and Cognition student colloquium series will start in late January or early February. These meetings will 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. Meetings will be held on a monthly basis. Stay tuned!





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Distinguished Lecture Series

Thursday, November 20th - Dmitri Tymoczko

  • Lecture on "The geometry of music", by Dmitri Tymoczko from Princeton University, USA. Abstract


live@CIRMMT Series

December 3, 2008 - Jean Piché

  • On December 3,  Jean Piché from the Faculté de musique, Université de Montréal presented "Ears and eyes: Audiovisual compositions for high definition media" in the MMR. 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

December 18, 2008 -  Workshop on Paper Sensors

  • Doctoral student Rodolphe Koehly hosted a hands-on student workshop on how to incorporate his paper sensors into the design of electronic interfaces. During the past term we enjoyed several splendid concerts and broadcasts involving members of RA2; these featured gestural controllers and dancers, as well as acoustic and augmented musical instruments!


Axis 3 - Musical information archiving and retrieval

November 14, 2008 - The Montreal Music and Machine Learning Workshop 

  • This workshop was hosted at BRAMS and focused on fields such as machine learning, music information retrieval, music technology, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and motion capture. Talks were be given by Yoshua Bengio, Roger Grosse, Douglas Eck, Paul Lamere, Graham Taylor, John A. Burgoyne, Godfried Toussaint, and Jean-François Paiement. A poster and demo session were given following the afternoon session. More Information

Axis 4Multimodal immersive systems

 December 12, 2008 - Workshop on Multimodal Integration 

  • The research area held its general meeting at CIRMMT on December 12. The discussion focused on (1) upcoming workshops and activities, (2) ideas for new training workshops, (3) the new music perception and cognition student colloquium, (4) the replacement of current axis co-leaders.

Other News Logo Small

  • ACTIVE 2009, the 2009 International Symposium on Active Control of Sound and Vibration will be held in Ottawa Canada, from 20–22 August 2009, immediately before the INTER-NOISE 2009 Congress: details of both events area available on their website. THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF ABSTRACT IS 23 JANUARY 2009.
  • NIME 2009, The Carnegie Mellon School of Music will host the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) Conference June 4 - 6, 2009. Details are available on their website. DEADLINE FOR PAPERS, POSTERS, PERFORMANCES, AND INSTALLATIONS JANUARY 24th 2009
  • ICMC 2009, The Schulich School of Music at McGill University, together with the CIRMMT, will be hosting the 2009 International Computer Music Conference in Montreal, Canada from 16–21 August 2009. Details are available on their website. DEADLINE JANUARY 30th 2009.
  • MCM 2009, The 2009 Mathematics and Computation in Music will take place June 19-22, 2009 (Friday through Monday) at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Details are available on their website. THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF PAPERS, TUTORIALS, AND PANELS IS JANUARY 30, 2009.
  • SMPC 2009, The Society for Music Perception and Cognition and the Indiana University Dept of Music and Arts Technology invite you to submit an abstract for the Society's Annual Conference, 3-7th August 2009 in Indianapolis. Details are available on their website. DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF ABSTRACTS IS FEBRUARY 1, 2009.