Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Workshop on Information Dynamics of Music - 21 March 2013 - London, UK

Workshop on Information Dynamics of Music (IDyOM)

We invite you to join us for a one day workshop to celebrate the successful completion of our research project Information and Neural Dynamics in the Perception of Musical Structure funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC). The project includes members at Queen Mary, University of London and Goldsmiths, University of London.

When: Thursday 21 March 2013, 9am - 5pm
Where: Room RHB 137a, Goldsmiths, University of London, London SE14 6NW, UK

The workshop will provide a forum for dissemination and discussion of cutting edge research on dynamic predictive processing of musical structure in:

  • probabilistic and information-theoretic models;
  • cognitive, psychological and neural processing;
  • musicological analysis.

For further details on the project see: http://www.idyom.org.

Speakers will include:

in addition to members of the IDyOM team. Attendance is free but places must be booked in advance.

For more information and to reserve a place please visit: http://idyom2013.eventbrite.co.uk/

2nd Call for papers: The Lure of the New 2013

The deadline for the Cognition Institutes's conference: Lure of the
New 2013 has been extended to 1st March 2013:

The Cognition Institute is a new trans-disciplinary research centre
focused on understanding human cognition. We believe that through
forging links with researchers from psychology, cognitive robotics,
neuroscience, biology, humanities and the arts we can develop new ways
of thinking about cognition.
In our first 1st international conference, we will explore how novelty
and creativity are key drivers of human cognition. Each of our themed
symposia will bring a different approach to this topic, and will cover
such areas as embodied cognition, auditory neuroscience and
psychophysics, language development, mental imagery, creativity and
cognition, the relationship between the arts and sciences, modelling
and imaging of brain processes & deception research.

We welcome abstracts in any of these areas and are very keen for
submissions which take a trans-disciplinary approach to cognition


• Embodied Cognition and Mental Simulation (Haline Schenden, Diane
Pecher, Rob Ellis, Patric Bach)
• Engineering Creativity - can the arts help scientific research more
directly? (Alexis Kirke, Greg B. Davies, Simon Ingram)
• Imagery, Dance and Creativity (Jon May, Scott deLaHunta, Emma
Redding, Tony Thatcher, Phil Barnard, John Matthias, Jane Grant)
• Developments in infant speech perception (Katrin Skoruppa, Silvia
Benavides-Varelaa, Caroline Floccia, Laurence White, Ian Howard)
• Sounds for Communication (Sue Denham, Roy Patterson, Judy Edworthy,
Sarah Collins)
• Computational Modelling of Brain Processes (Thomas Wennekers, Ingo
Bojak, Chris Harris, Jonathan Waddington)
• Current trends in deception research (Giorgio Ganis, Gershon Ben-Shakhar)

As well as the symposia, there will be a panel discussion drawing
together all the themes of the conference, a performance by Emma
Redding & Tony Thatcher (as part of the Imagery, Dance and Creativity
symposium) and keynote talks by:

-Linda Lanyon (Head of Programs at the INCF): Toward globally
collaborative science: the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating

-Guy Orban (Dept. of Neuroscience, University of Parma): Finding a
home for the mirror neurons in human premotor cortex.

In addition, the evening programme includes a reception and CogTalk
debate to mark the official launch of the Cognition Institute, and a
special film screening in association with SciScreen.


The programme can be found here:

Registration is now open and details of how to apply can be found here:

Deadline for abstract submission: 1st March 2013
Abstracts should be emailed to info.cognition@plymouth.ac.uk in Word
doc or docx format, no longer than 1 A4 page, including all refs,
title, all authors names and affiliations, corresponding authors
contact address and email.

For all conference enquiries please contact Lucy Davies at:

Friday, February 15, 2013

PhD Studentships in Music available at Durham University

PhD Studentships in Music available at Durham University

We are pleased to announce the availability of up to three funded PhD
studentships. In recognition of the recent strategic appointments of
Professor Tuomas Eerola and Dr Nick Collins, which they will be taking
up over the coming months, we invite proposals related to their areas
of expertise, namely:

. Music cognition/ Empirical musicology, especially in
relation to the themes of emotion and of movement (PhD by thesis)

. Live computer music/ generative music (PhD by thesis
or by composition)

We welcome proposals for projects overlapping with the research
expertise of other department staff.

Doctoral studentships will be tenable for three years from October
2013. They will annually provide award-holders with a fee-waiver and a
tax-free maintenance grant at the current RCUK rate (currently

Applicants must have submitted an online application form no later
than Monday 11 March in order to be considered for a studentship. They
will need to include within the Other Relevant Experience section of
the online application form a summary of the research project they
plan to conduct. This should not exceed 1000 words in length and
should address the following questions:

a. What research question or problem will they be addressing?

b. What is the research context in which the question or
problem is located?

c. What contribution to knowledge and understanding do
they expect to make?

d. What methodology will they employ to address the
research question/problem?

e. What sources will they be using during the research
project, where are they located, and how will they be accessed?

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact
music.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk for advice before submitting their
applications. See www.dur.ac.uk/music/postgraduate/ for further
details on studying for a research degree at Durham.

Candidates are also encouraged to attend our Postgraduate Open Day on
Saturday 9 March from 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm. This event will include the
opportunity to meet staff, listen to mini research papers by staff and
current postgraduate students, and tour our facilities. Lunch will be
provided. If you are looking to study at MA or PhD level in the areas
of Musicology, Ethnomusicology or Composition and would like to attend
this event please email Karen Nichol (karen.nichol@durham.ac.uk) by
Friday 1 March 2013.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Rules of Engagement: Finding Your Frequency

£30 to non-TCCE members.

BOOK NOW<http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5320082510>
The Rules of Engagement: Finding Your Frequency

Join us for an informal seminar aimed at assisting academic researchers to communicate their research and expertise to a radio audience. The seminar will focus on how academics can position themselves as an 'expert' contributor in a live radio situation and how best to approach a radio broadcaster or production company with ideas for programmes or content.

Leading the session will be highly experienced radio practitioners:

Phil Critchlow<http://www.tbimedia.co.uk>, multi-award winning radio Producer and Director of TBI Media, Phil has developed and realised some of the highest profile broadcast projects in the UK and internationally, across many platforms including all of the BBC Radio networks, 300 commercial stations worldwide and major online projects. Phil is also the Chair of the Radio Independents Group.

Matthew Dodd, Head of Speech Programmes and Presentation at BBC Radio 3, overseeing programmes such as the nightly discussion programme Night Waves, The Essay, Free Thinking - Radio 3's annual festival of ideas, and the New Generation Thinkers scheme, a partnership between the BBC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to find new academic talent for broadcasting.

We will also be hearing from Professor Margaret Reynolds, an academic who has had an interesting track record in this field:

Professor Margaret Reynolds<http://www.english.qmul.ac.uk/staff/reynoldsm.html>, is Professor in English at Queen Mary, University of London, and a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. She is the author of the Sappho History (Palgrave, 2003) and the editor of George Eliot' s Adam Bede (Penguin, 2008). As Peggy Reynolds she is the presenter of BBC Radio 4's Adventures in Poetry, which has been running since 1999. She broadcasts on music (especially opera) and poetry for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 and for television channels BBC 2 and BBC 4. She also writes regularly for the times and the guardian.

This early evening session will be held at Royal Holloway's London home at 11 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3RF.
Wine and nibbles provided!

Suzie Leighton
The Culture Capital Exchange
South Building
Somerset House
London WC2R 1LA
Tel. 00 44 (0) 207 420 9440
Fax.00 44 (0) 207 420 9445
Email. suzie@tcce.co.uk<mailto:suzie@tcce.co.uk>
Web www.theculturecapitalexchange.co.uk<http://www.theculturecapitalexchange.co.uk>

The Culture Capital Exchange has developed out of the successful university 'knowledge exchange' consortium LCACE, which was set up in 2004 to promote links between London universities and the capital's arts and cultural sector. The new network, a not-for-profit company, has a greater emphasis on collaboration with the private sector and creative industries than its predecessor, and will operate as a one-stop shop for any SME or entrepreneur from the cultural and creative industries wanting to work with higher education. It is the first organisation of its kind in the UK.

Our founding HEI members are:- Central School of Speech and Drama; City University; Guildhall School of Music and Drama; Institute of Education, University of London; King's College London; Queen Mary University of London; ResCen – Middlesex University; Royal Holloway University of London; Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; University of the Arts, London; University of Roehampton

High resolution spectral analysis, and nonnegative decompositions applied to music signal processing'

Dear all,

On Wednesday, 13th February, Roland Badeau will present the seminar '
High resolution spectral analysis, and nonnegative decompositions applied to music signal processing'.

Please note that the talk will take place at 15:00 in 
room 2.09, Engineering Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS.

Information on how to access the school can be found at http://www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/contact-us. If you are coming from outside Queen Mary, please let me know, so that I can provide detailed directions and make sure no-one is stuck outside the doors.  If you wish to be added to / removed from our mailing list as an individual recipient, please send me an email and I'll be happy to do so.

Wednesday's seminar (13th February, 15:00pm):

High resolution spectral analysis and nonnegative decompositions applied to music signal processing

Roland Badeau


This talk will present two classes of low-rank matrix approximation methods and their applications to music signals. The first part of the talk will be devoted to subspace-based high resolution (HR) methods, which aim to estimate close frequencies in a mixture of sinusoidal signals. The presentation will focus on new adaptive algorithms, which permit to deal with non-stationary signals in a computationally efficient way, with some applications to music signals (sinusoids/noise separation, beat estimation, audio coding). The second part of the talk will be devoted to nonnegative matrix factorization (NMF), which has proven successful in decomposing musical spectrograms into meaningful elements. The presentation will introduce some improvements to NMF, which permit to better represent harmonic spectra and deal with non-stationarities, with applications to automatic music transcription and source separation.


Dr. Roland Badeau works as an Associate Professor in the Signal and Image Processing Department, Télécom ParisTech / CNRS LTCI, France, and from February 4 to August 2, 2013, he is visiting the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary, University of London. He received the Ph.D. degree from Telecom ParisTech in 2005, and the Habilitation degree from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) in 2010. His research interests focus on statistical modelling of non-stationary signals (including adaptive high resolution spectral analysis and Bayesian extensions to NMF), with applications to audio and music (source separation, multipitch estimation, automatic music transcription, audio coding, audio inpainting). He is a co-author of 19 journal papers, 50 international conference papers, and 2 patents. He teaches in the Master of Engineering of Télécom ParisTech and in the Master of Sciences and Technologies of UPMC. He is also a Senior Member of the IEEE, and an Associate Editor of the EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing.

Future C4DM seminars:

Nick Collins, University of Sussex
Wed 13th March 2013