Movement and Sound Interaction: A Research Overview from Music Performance to Motor Cognition

Date & Time:

Fri May 6th 2016, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Frédéric Bevilacqua, IRCAM (France)
Baptiste Caramiaux, McGill University (Canada) and IRCAM (France)

Mr. Bevilacqua and Mr. Caramiaux will present an overview of research on movement and sound interaction reporting on experiments in music performance, sonic interaction design, and motor cognition. Early works on augmented musical instruments developed in collaboration with composers will be discussed and demonstrated. This research has led the team to explore novel interaction designs with digital sounds through tangible interfaces and participatory methodologies. This research advocates for a computational design approach involving physical models, probabilistic models and data-driven machine learning algorithms. Current work involves exploring the use of these methods to analyze motor learning and control in music performance with applications in rehabilitation and pedagogy.

Frédéric Bevilacqua is the head of the Sound Music Movement Interaction team at IRCAM in Paris. His research concerns the modeling and the design of interactions between movement and sound, and the development of gesture-based interactive systems. He holds a master degree in physics and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Optics from EPFL in Lausanne. He also studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (1992-93) and has participated in different music and media arts projects. From 1999 to 2003 he was a researcher at the Beckman Laser Institute at the University of California Irvine. In 2003 he joined IRCAM as a researcher on gesture analysis for music and performing arts.

Baptiste Caramiaux is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow at McGill University (Canada) and IRCAM (France). His work focuses on new ways to interact with machines through movements by leveraging on machine learning algorithms and motor cognition. He has conducted post-doctoral research at Goldsmiths University of London, and research consultancy for the London-based music startup Mogees. Baptiste holds a PhD in Computer Science from University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6) and IRCAM.


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Marcelo Wanderley

Date & Time:

Fri May 6th 2016, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

CNMAT presents Dr. Marcelo M. Wanderley, William Dawson Scholar and Professor of Music Technology at McGill University, Canada.

Interdisciplinary Research on Music, Science and Engineering: Applications to the Design of Digital Musical Instruments

Professor Wanderley will present an overview of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Music Media and Technology, CIRMMT, McGill University. With more than 40 members, 50 collaborators and 200 students, CIRMMT is a leading Canadian research centre with a focus on the intersection between music, science and technology. He will discuss the creation of a music performance analysis hub made possible by a large infrastructure grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. The hub will connect two exceptional spaces associated with CIRMMT, Université de Montréal’s Salle Claude Champagne (a 1,000 seat auditorium) and McGill’s Multimedia Room (a 7,000 m3 black box), allowing for distributed research on the performance of large ensembles.


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