Thursday, July 19, 2012

vacancies: research project on communication and synchronization in music ensembles

The *Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence* (Vienna,
Austria) invites excellent researchers at pre-doctoral or
post-doctoral level to join a research project on communication and
synchronization in music ensembles.

The project, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), aims to
investigate visual communication and temporal synchronization in music
ensembles. It involves measurement, analysis, and modeling of
musicians' body movements and synchronization mechanisms while
performing together (duet, trio, or larger). Development of real-time
interaction models will go alongside extensive experimentation with
musicians to gain essential insights into a very fundamental human

We encourage applicants with backgrounds in computer science,
psychology, engineering, musicology or related fields. Programming
skills and/or experience with MATLAB, JAVA, C++, or similar are
required. Some experience in empirical music performance research,
motion capture technology, and/or real-time technologies are desired.
The positions are available from October 1st 2012 for initially 2
years, with prospect for continuation. Annual salary follows the
official scheme of the Austrian Science Fund (see; citizens of
all countries may apply. Doctoral researchers have the option to
pursue a PhD programme in a related field at the MDW (University of
Music and Performing Arts Vienna), the JKU (Johannes Kepler University
Linz), or any other Austrian university.

Applications should include a letter of motivation, a CV with a
complete list of publications (preferably with links to full texts of
important publications), and graduation documents of the highest
degree (master or PhD). Applications will be considered immediately
and are accepted until September 1st, 2012, or until the positions are
filled. Please, send your applications to with PDF
attachments or links to online resources or by mail to OFAI, Freyung
6/6, 1010 Vienna, Austria.

Werner Goebl (PI),

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sounds of Intent Launch: The SAGE Gateshead

Sounds of Intent Launch
Monday 15th October
Hall Two, The Sage Gateshead, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Sounds of Intent is a new, freely available, easy-to-use software package that enables teachers, teaching assistants, therapists and parents, who work with or care for those with PMLD, SLD or MLD who may be on the autism spectrum, to:

- assess children and young people's level of musical development

- record and monitor attainment and progress

- download musical materials and ideas for activities

- share thinking on a forum

This informative launch event is a great opportunity to learn more about the framework, and to meet other practitioners and music leaders from the region. Visit the Sounds of Intent website for more details about the framework itself, and about the research project that has led to it's development.

The event will be of particular interest to music leaders interested in working with children with special education needs (SEN), staff in schools, and SEN specialists.

Order of event

10:30am - Registration and refreshments

11:00am - Welcome and Introduction (Professors Graham Welch and Adam Ockelford)

11:30am Demonstration of Sound of Intent software (Dr Evangelos Himonides)

12:00pm - User perspectives

1:00pm - Sandwich Lunch

1:45pm - Hands on session (bring your own wireless-enabled phone, iPad, computer, etc.)

2:45pm The Sage Gateshead practical workshops
                a. Community Music Sparks
                b. Singing

3:30pm The Sage Gateshead practical workshops
                a. Community Music Sparks
                b. Singing

4:10pm - Feedback

4:30pm - Close

Tickets: £12 (inc VAT

For more information about the Accessible Learning programme here at The Sage Gateshead, click the image above to visit our website.
Sounds of Intent is a joint initiative of the University of Roehampton and the Institute of Education, University of London - Supported by SEMPRE, the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research.
The Sage Gateshead (North Music Trust)
St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE8 2JR
NMT is registered in England as a company limited by guarantee, number 4044936 and as a charity, number 1087445
For general information or to book tickets, you can go in person to The Sage Gateshead's Ticket Office, call 0191 443 4661 or visit our website where you can select your seat for most concerts.

Did you know... concert attenders at The Sage Gateshead can travel to and from Gateshead Interchange by Metro absolutely free? Simply retain your concert ticket for inspection on the Metro (valid two hours prior to, and after, an event at The Sage Gateshead).

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Tenure Track position leading to professorship in empirical music research at IPEM, Dept. of Musicology, Ghent University, Belgium

Tenure Track position leading to professorship in empirical music
research at IPEM, Dept. of Musicology, Ghent University, Belgium


Subject: Tenure Track position leading to professorship in empirical
music research at IPEM, Dept. of Musicology, Ghent University, Belgium

The candidate should have a background in empirical methods related to
(embodied) music cognition, with a profound knowledge of music. The
candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to a new
interdisciplinary media center in Ghent (from 2015 onwards), where
IPEM will deploy its activities in close collaboration with a
multimedia research group from engineering.

There are 2 positions for 4 competing research groups. Whether a
candidate will be selected for IPEM depends on the quality of the
applicant, and that of the other competing applicants (including those
that apply to other research groups).

The requisite application form is available on

Applications must be sent no later than September 7, 2012.

For more information, please contact me at +32 09 2644125.

Marc Leman
Prof. dr. in Systematic Musicology
Ghent University
Blandijnberg 2
B-9000 Ghent