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May/June 2009

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CIRMMT 2009 General Assembly, Student Symposium, and Concert

This year’s CIRMMT Student Symposium will take place Thursday, June 11.

9:00-10:00  - Paper presentations

  • David Adamcyk - Composing for cello and electronics, naturally...
  • Steve Sinclair - Audio-haptic interaction with the digital waveguide bowed string
  • Michael Collicutt - From Real to Virtual: A Comparison of Input Devices for Percussion Tasks

10:00-11:00  - Demos and Posters

  • Michel Bernays - Piano Timbre: from words to gesture to sound Perception, verbal description & gestural control of aggregate piano timbres by highly skilled pianists
  • Mitchel Benovoy  and Valorie Salimpoor - Evidence for striatal dopamine release during music listening
  • Tariq Daouda - Extracting relevent rhythm patterns from a sequence using liquid state machines
  • Johanna Devaney - Intonation tendencies in solo a cappella vocal performances
  • Erika Donald - At the Core: Effects of tempo on bow arm movements and postural stability of highly skilled cellists
  • Vincent Freour - Effects of control parameters on sound characteristics in brass instruments
  • Ilja Frissen - Auditory-tactile temporal order judgments during active exploration
  • Meghan Goodchild - The communication of voice emphasis in harpsichord performance 
  • Andrew Hankinson - A web-based musical document viewer for digital music libraries
  • Philippe Hamel - Automatic identification of instrument classes in polyphonic and poly-instrument audio
  • Jason Hockman - Real-time phase vocoder manipulation by runner's pace
  • Cory McKay - jMIR: Tools for automatic music classification
  • Sean Wood - Unsupervised machine learning approaches to polyphonic music analysis

11:00-12:00  - Paper presentations

  • Nils Peters - How sweet is sweet? - Understanding the perceptual components of the sweet spot in surround loudspeaker setups
  • Anna Tirovolas -  Extending the rapid automatized naming (RAN) task to musical pitches and durations
  • Lysiane Bouchard - How does the brain encode complex sounds? Using machine learning to analyze FMRI results from spectro-temporal modulations

12:00-1:00  - Lunch

1:00-2:00  - Paper presentations

  • Avrum Hollinger and Bertrand Sherrer - Study of performer-instrument interaction on the classical guitar combining direct and indirect acquisition
  • Steven Philips - Biocomposite soundboards (Strategic Innovation Project)

2:00-3:00 - Keynote Presentation

  • Joel Chadabe - A Complete Musical Experience

3:00-4:00 General Assembly

4:00-4:30 Coffee Break

4:30-5:30 Concert

  • David Adamcyk - Filon d'or, for cello and electronics, with Chloé Dominguez (cello)
  • Theo Mathien - The woods behind the water tower, for fixed media
  • Cléo Palacio-Quintin  - Tableaux de Kandinsky: Composition V (1911) and Improvisation à la gorge (1914), for hyper-flute
  • D. Andrew Stewart - Everybody to the power of one, for t-stick


5:30- Reception and Posters




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


May 20th, 2009 - John Chowning

  •  Program: Turenas (1972) for 4-channel computer-generated music, Phoné (1981) 4-channel computer-generated music, Voices (version 2, 2006) for soprano and interactive computer system. Details are available here.


Distinguished Lecture Series

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.  See Abstract


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 2 - Musical gestures, devices and motion capture

April 14th, 2009 - Antonio Camurri

  • Antonio Camurri demonstrated the latest version of EyesWeb.


Axis 3 - Musical information archiving and retrieval

May 12th, 2009 - Research Workshop on Expressive Performance 

  • This was a one-day workshop in Montreal on the topic of expressive performance The schedule included two keynote talks by Roger Dannenberg (Carnegie Mellon University) and Christopher Raphael (Indiana University), several 15-20 minute talks, and a poster session. Details are available here.


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

  • A new Music Perception and Cognition student colloquium series was 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 was organized by CIRMMT Research Axes 2 (Musical gestures, devices and motion capture) and 5 (Music perception and cognition). The goal of this workshop was 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.


Axis 6 -Expanded musical practice

May 21st, 2009 - Workshop by John Chowning

  • Axis 6  hosted a workshop by computer music pioneer John Chowning. John Chowning presented interactive, sound-synchronous animations describing the theoretical underpinnings and poetic aspects of the pieces that will be presented the next evening. He was assisted by soprano Maureen Chowning