Thursday, January 31, 2013

blog on music piracy

Hi all,

Meant to fire this over some time ago.

Started a blog some months ago now, discussing research findings on
music piracy. The URL is<>.

Thought I'd post a link in case any of you were interested in this
topic. For the super keen, updates can be emailed to you directly with

Kind regards,


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and Allied Health Sciences | Glasgow Caledonian University |
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Friday, January 25, 2013

3rd Workshop on Evolutionary Music: ECMusic 2013


   WORKSHOP ON Evolutionary Music:  EcMusic

                to be held as part of the

 2013 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2013)
               July 6-13, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

                Organized by ACM SIGEVO

 Submission Deadline for this workshop: March 28th, 2012

New Orleans offered the perfect place to launch the first EcMusic Workshop,
where research was shown, and EC-generated music was performed and listened to.
Philly held the place for the second edition of the workshop.

This year Amsterdam will be the place for the third edition of the workshop, which
will be held in cooperation with GECCO 2013.

Music provides a perfect area of research for Evolutionary Computation.
A number of problems are present and still open to new
proposals, such as:

 * Generative Music Composition.
 * Creative Intelligence applied to music.
 * Evolutionary Music Modeling.
 * Rhythmic structure and Key analysis.
 * Music Transcription.
 * Music Improvisation.
 * Music Genre classification.
 * Music mood analysis.
 * Optimization of Music Performance.
 * Sound synthesis.
 * Machine learning methods for audio content analysis.
 * Automatic tagging of audio signals.
 * Content-based audio retrieval.
 * Music information retrieval.
 * Music recommendation.
 * User interfaces for music management and retrieval.
 * Intelligent audio effects.
 * Audio restoration.
 * Etc.

The workshop aims particularly at providing a place where the research
is not only shown but also performed. Authors will thus be encouraged
to send both regular papers describing new approaches and results,
along with audio records allowing to appreciate the quality of the


Please submit original research results papers not published or
submitted for publication in other forums. All submitted papers will
be carefully evaluated based on originality and quality.

Paper should be a maximum of 8 pages and conform to the same
ACM formatting requirements as for regular papers.
Details and templates can be obtained at the GECCO website.
Accepted Workshop papers will be published in the GECCO 2013 Companion Material,
included with the proceedings on a CD, and also in the ACM Digital Library.
Papers should be submitted as a single PDF file via email to


Paper Submission: 28th March 2013
Paper Notification of Acceptance: 15th April 2013
Paper Camera Ready Submission: 25th April
Copyright Form Submission: 25th April

* GECCO-2012 Workshops: 6th & 7th July 2013
* GECCO-2012 Conference: 6th to 13th July 2013

GECCO is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery Special
Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO). SIG
Services: 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701, New York, NY, 10121, USA,
1-800-342-6626 (USA and Canada) or +212-626-0500 (Global).

Workshop Co-Chairs:

* Gustavo Reis, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria.
* Francisco Fernández de Vega, University of Extremadura.
* Carlos Cotta, University of Malaga.

Gustavo Miguel Jorge dos Reis
Department of Computer Science
School of Technology and Management
Polytechnic Institute of Leiria
Apt. 3063 – Morro do Lena – Alto do Vieiro
2401-951 Leiria – Portugal
Tel. Directo +351 244 820 381
Tel. +351 244 820 300 (ext. 3181)
Fax +351 244 820 310


Dr Evangelos Himonides
Institute of Education
University of London

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Funded Ph.D. Studentships at City University London

> Funded Ph.D. Studentships at City University London
> City University London is offering up to 30 fully funded Research
> Studentships to start in October 2013 open to national, EU and
> overseas students .
> The Music Informatics Research Group in the Department of Computer Science
> at City University would particularly like to encourage PhD applications in the
> areas of music and sound computing and informatics.
> Research interests in the Music Informatics Research Group include:
> - music information retrieval
> - computational musicology
> - audio transcription
> - audio signal analysis and classification
> - machine learning applied to music and sound
> - semantic music representation and processing
> - intelligent systems and user interfaces for music applications,
> such as music e-learning, recommendation, etc.
> Information about the Music Informatics Research Group and the
> Research Studentship application procedures and assessment
> criteria can be found on line at
> and
> The closing date for applications is the 1st of March 2013.
> If you are interested in applying, please get in touch with
> Tillman Weyde to discuss further details.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Conference: The Lure of the New

Call for abstracts:

The annual conference of the Cognition Institute, Plymouth University,
will be held March 20-22, 2013. The conference will be structured
around seven themed oral symposia and poster sessions. In addition
evening events include a reception and CogTalk debate to mark the
official launch of the Cognition Institute, and a SciScreen film
The Keynote address will be given by the Head of Programs at the INCF:
Linda Lanyon: Toward globally collaborative science: the International
Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility.


• Sounds for Communication
• Embodied Cognition and Mental Simulation
• Developments in infant speech perception
• Engineering Creativity - can the arts help scientific research
more directly?
• Computational Modelling of Brain Processes
• Current trends in deception research
• Imagery, Dance and Creativity

The programme can be found here:

Registration is now open and details of how to apply as well as how to
submit an abstract proposal can be found here:

For all conference enquiries please contact Martin Coath at:

Friday, January 11, 2013

Vacancy: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Digital art /museum and gallery learning


University of London


Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Digital art /museum and gallery learning


Department of Culture, Communication and Media

Faculty of Children and Learning


Salary will be 37,382 to £53,233 pro-rata plus £2,323 London Allowance per annum

The appointment will be 0.8 FTE (not full-time as previously notified). Job share considered


The Art, Design and Museology Group (ADM) is within the Department of Culture, Communication and Media at the Institute of Education, University of London.  The group comprises researchers, educators, artists, museum professionals and art historians working collaboratively on research and teaching including initial teacher education and continuing professional development for artist educators and gallery, museum and heritage professionals including Doctoral studies, Masters programmes and short courses.  The ADM group has a world class reputation for teaching, researching and publishing in a wide range of art, design and museology contexts.


As a diverse interdisciplinary team, ADM focuses on the interrelationship between education and the cultural sector. You will enjoy working creatively in a collaborative studio context where priority is given to researching and learning in and through visual cultures, their locations and histories.


We are looking to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in digital art /museum and gallery learning. Working with a dynamic and enthusiastic group in Art, Design and Museology you will play a leading role teaching two Masters programmes: Art and Design in Education and Museums and Galleries in Education, contribute to research and consultancy activities, write for publication and if suitably qualified contribute to Doctoral level provision.  You will have a strong understanding of contemporary theory and practice of digital arts and their significance for learning across formal and informal sectors.


In view of the nature of the work involved, any offer of appointment will be conditional on a satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure.


Reference:                89AC-CLCCM-5261


Closing date:            4 February 2013


To apply online please visit or tel 020 7612 6159


We positively encourage applicants from all sections of under-represented communities


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

This week's Grove Forum at the RCM

You are warmly invited to this week's Grove Forum at the Royal College of Music, the first of our Spring series:


RCM East Parry Room

Thursday 10th January, 5.15pm


Action and perception in performance: an ecological approach

Luke Windsor, University of Leeds

Chair: Aaron Williamon, RCM


Performers don't make music in isolation: how do their surroundings (both animate and inanimate) afford and constrain creative behaviour?


Tickets are free and available on the day or in advance from the RCM Box Office. See for more information.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The new Swedish music syllabus for compulsory school – principles and practice

Music Education Special Interest Group

Research Seminar Announcement

 Olle Zandén, BA, MA, PhD, Linnæus University, Sweden and the Swedish National Agency of Education

Tuesday 5th March
Room: 944

The new Swedish music syllabus for compulsory school – principles and practice

In 2011 a new Swedish curriculum was launched in which, contrary to tendencies in many other countries, the explicit focus was on subject-specific competences, not general key-competences. The curriculum introduced new principles for marking, a new marking scale, and purported clear and unambiguous criteria for marking. In this lecture the new Swedish music syllabus is presented; the principles and constraints that its constructors met with; their considerations and efforts to make the syllabus musically meaningful; its reception among music teachers; and some problems and possibilities that have emerged during the curriculum's first year-and-a-half. The presentation will also give examples from the supporting material that has been issued in order to promote professionalism among music teachers, and help them to be more fair in marking; and will include some video and audio recordings of work in practice.

After having worked as a teacher in music, history and mathematics for over 20 years, Olle Zandén earned his doctorate in music education at Gothenburg University in 2010. He has been a guest lecturer at Stockholm University and is now senior lecturer in music education at Linnæus University, Växjö, Sweden. His major research interests are assessment and music teacher professionalisation. He has been appointed by the Swedish National Agency of Education to produce a comprehensive supporting material for assessment in music and is much in demand for teachers' in-service training. Presently he is studying the effects of the new curriculum and syllabus in music on music teachers' practice.

Further details from Lucy Green,

All are welcome

Friday, January 4, 2013

PhD studentship with the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary

PhD CASE Studentship in collaboration with Omnifone

Semantic Audio: audio signal analysis + Semantic Web = future music production & consumption

Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship starting Spring 2013 to undertake research, supervised by Professor Mark Sandler, in Semantic Audio. This important new research topic in Sound and Music Computing pioneers technologies that will power next generation user experiences of music.

This PhD will combine Queen Mary's Semantic Audio technologies with Omnifone's massive music collection and their cloud computing infrastructure to build the world's largest recommendation engine. It will then investigate the best way to apply Content Semantics to such large collections.

Further details can be found at