Sound and Music Computing Sweden conference

The Sound and Music Computing, Understanding and Practicing in Sweden conference will take place at KTH (the Royal Institute of Technology) on April 3-4. Besides paper presentations, Johannes Bergmark will talk about Muzak Blocker, and Marcus Wrangö about Audiorama. There will also be demos of products from Teenage Engineering, Wallander Instruments and Score Cleaner. For details, see the full programme.

Various stuff

Soundscape studies, (urban) sound design and the like seem to be rather popular in Sweden these days. I’m attending the conference Man & Sound Environment 2010 in Lund this week, a conference immediately followed by another one in Stockholm, Designing Soundscape for Sustainable Urban Development, on September, 30-October, 1.

Another recent conference held in Sweden was the 5th Audio Mostly Conference : A Conference on Interaction with Sound, September, 15-17, which took place in Piteå in Northern Sweden. Proceedings are avalible online.

For our Swedish readers
Ljudplanering is a new web portal on urban soundscapes, developed in collaboration between Movium and landscape architect Gunnar Cerwén.

There’s been a recent exchange in Svenska Dagbladet on the research project “Acoustic design artifacts and methods for urban soundscapes” and its companion sound installation at Mariatorget, Stockholm:

New proceedings online

7th Sound and Music Computing Conference
The papers presented at the 7th Sound and Music Computing Conference that took place at the UPF from the 21st to the 24th on July 2010 are now online at The papers have been published on the website under a Creative Commons license.

Interactive Sonification workshop – ISon 2010
The proceedings of the Interactive Sonification workshop – ISon 2010 are now available on-line at The proceedings are licensed as an Open Access publication.

SUM – symposium and concert in Stockholm

SUM symposium and concert in Stockholm, Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Systematic Understanding of Music
Today, digitally informed music has reached a point where it has become feasible to detect emotion content in the musical audio stream (sound). When this is applied in real-time to aspects of its response, a new context for the creation, performance and listening to music is established where man and machine can interact in much more meaningful ways than previously. This provides for new and more engaged expressions, giving new horizons for musical artwork.

The purpose of the SUM project is to develop such tools by building on existing work by internationally outstanding scholars in the Nordic countries in digital signal processing, music cognition, emotion expression, and interaction software development. For additional information about the SUM project:

SUM symposium
Onsdagen den 17 februari 2010 kl 10.00-17.00
A330 (Kompositionsseminariet), Kungliga Musikhögskolan, Valhallavägen 105, Stockholm (T-Bana Stadion)
Lars Graugaard (DK), Anders Friberg (KTH), Marcus Wrangö (KMH)

10.00 Introduktion till SUM / Lars Graugaard
11.00 Känslor i musik / Anders Friberg
12.00 Probabilistic melody maker / Anders Friberg & Lars Graugaard
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Kreativa möjligheter
Systematiskt bruk av känslor i musik / Lars Graugaard
15.00 Demo: Gestiska sensorer / Marcus Wrangö
16.00 Tillämpningar och presentationer
(re-new digital arts festival) / Lars Graugaard
17.00 Slut

Onsdag 17 februari, kl 20.00. Fylkingen, Torkel Knutssongatan 2, Stockholm (T-Bana Mariatorget)

Symposiet är gratis, konserten kostar 80 kr (student 60 kr).

Call for Papers: COMPROVISATIONS – Improvisation Systems in Performing Arts and Technologies

22nd International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics And Cybernetics
August, 2­-6, 2010
Markgraf-­Ludwig Gymnasium, Hardstrasse 2, Baden-­Baden, Germany

Special Focus Symposion (August 5, 2010) on COMPROVISATIONS – Improvisation Systems in Performing Arts and Technologies

Submission details are available as a PDF.

“Sound is Motion” symposium and doctoral thesis defence

KTH, Stockholm, Sweden, February 11-12

A symposium entitled “Sound is Motion” will be held on February 11, in connection to Kjetil Falkenberg Hansen’s doctoral thesis defence on February 12. Both events take place at the Department for Speech, Music and Hearing, KTH, in Stockholm, and are open for all, and if you happen to be around Stockholm at the time, you are very welcome to participate.

“Sound is Motion” symposium, February 11, 14:00

Sound is usually the result of actions, such as body gestures or mechanical movements. Therefore sound is closely related to motion. Humans are very sensitive to variations of the acoustical signal in the time-frequency plane, making it possible to discriminate between body gestures even in sound.

In recent years, significant advances have been made in the study and development of techniques for musical motion data analysis and motion capture. In general, body gestures allow expressive control in sound production, and interpretation of gestures enables the extraction of the expressive content in human continuous actions.

In the “Sound is Motion” symposium, six experts will tackle the field of Sound and Motion from different perspectives. The symposium starts at 14:00. Place: Room Fantum, Department for Speech, Music and Hearing, KTH, in Stockholm.

“The acoustics and performance of DJ scratching” PhD defence, February 12, 10:00
Kjetil Falkenberg Hansen will defend his thesis “The acoustics and performance of DJ scratching. Analysis and modeling”. This thesis focuses on the analysis and modeling of scratching, in other words, the DJ (disk jockey) practice of using the turntable as a musical instrument. Scratching has developed to become a skillful instrument-playing practice with complex musical output. The impact on popular music culture has been significant, and for many, the DJ set-up of turntables and a mixer is now a natural instrument choice for undertaking a creative music activity. Six papers are included in the thesis, where the first three approach the acoustics and performance of scratching, and the second three approach scratch modeling and the DJ interface.

The defense starts at 10:00. Place: Room F2, Lindstedtsvägen 26, KTH, Stockholm

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