Thursday, May 29, 2014

Registration for Creativities Musicalities, Entprepreneurships is open

This multi-disciplinary conference opens its doors to presenters and delegates from around the world on September 4, 5 and 6 2014. 

Valuing Electronic Music research project: public event in London, 6th June

Dear all, we would like to invite you to our Valuing Electronic Music event in London on 6th June.

Valuing Electronic Music is an ongoing study of electronic music and the people who value it, carried out by Daniel Allington (Open University), Anna Jordanous (King's College, London), and Byron Dueck (Open University). Our quantitative and qualitative work explores how the value of electronic music transcends economic value for producers, DJs, and audiences — and how geographical location continues to play a significant role in the recognition of musical value even where musical scenes become increasingly international (thanks in large part to websites such as SoundCloud). Such findings have implications for the careers of music-makers more generally as well as contributing to understanding how and why we show our appreciation of musicians.

On 6 June, we are holding a public event at The Lexington in Angel, Islington, featuring talks, live performances, and an interactive panel discussion with electronic music producers. Come along to find out what we and other researchers have discovered, as well as to hear some great music and to put your own questions to the people who make it. You are welcome to drop in at any time.

4.30 Doors open
5.00 Free food
5.30 Introduction
5.45 Music: Glitch Lich
6.30 Talk: Luis-Manuel Garcia
7.00 Music: Winterlight
7.45 Talk: Daniel Allington, Anna Jordanous, Byron Dueck
8.15 Music: Slackk
9.00 Panel: Chad McKinney (Glitch Lich), Tim Ingham (Winterlight), Paul Lynch (Slackk)
9.30 Thanks

Upstairs at The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, London N1 9JB
6 June 2014 4.30-10pm

Admission free

Details listed at:

The Valuing Electronic Music project combines social network analysis of online data with ethnographic interviewing and observation to understand how music-makers produce value for their own and one another's work, especially in genres without mainstream recognition. It is currently supported by an AHRC Research Development Grant. See our website at for more details.

Hope to see you there,  feel free to forward this as you see appropriate. Please do contact us if you have any questions/comments.
Anna Jordanous

Dr Anna Jordanous
Research Associate
Centre for e-Research
Department of Digital Humanities
King's College London

t: +44 (0)20 7848 1988

Friday, May 23, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014


Dear Partners / Dear colleagues,

The International Society for Musical Studies organizes the second
edition of the Congress of Musicology in Timisoara between September
22 and 28, 2014, in partnership with the Union of Composers and
Musicologists of Romania, the National University of Music Bucharest,
George Enescu University of Arts Iasi, Gheorghe Dima Music Academy
Cluj Napoca, and the University of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts of
Chisinau - Moldova.
The Congress will be held in the Aula of the EUGEN TODORAN University
Library of the West University of Timsioara.
We invite you to participate in the Congress and publish our
invitation to participate on your institution's website.

The Congress sections are:

Traditional Music
Postwar Romanian Music
Ancient Music
New Currents in Musicological Research
2014 Homage
Free Section

The Congress registration deadline is June 30, 2014.
Persons interested in participating shall send the title of the work
accompanied by an abstract not exceeding 300 words, 3-5 keywords and a
short biography in a narrative format until this date at e-mail
The participation fee is 100 Euros/work and includes the congress
folder, the certificate of participation and the Congress book.
Accommodation, meals and transportation are the responsibility of the
participants. Congress organizers will recommend 3 locations for
accommodation with prices negotiated for participants, and can arrange
transfer from the airport/railway station by specialized companies in

The deadline for submission of works in final format is August 15, 2014.
Contact person: Assoc. Prof. Veronica Laura DEMENESCU, PhD.
Phone 0040762190365, 0040733411013,
Fax 0040356819186,

Conf. univ. dr. Veronica Laura DEMENESCU
fax 0356819186

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Music Informatics Group Seminar, 20th May, 4pm, "Models of music signals informed by the physics of instruments"

Title: Models of music signals informed by the physics of instruments

While instrumental acoustics and audio signal processing target the modelling of musical tones from different perspectives, this work aims at mixing both approaches by constraining generic signal models with acoustics-based information. Thus, it is intended to design instrument-specific models for applications both to acoustics and signal processing. In particular, I focused on piano music analysis for which the tones have the well-known property of inharmonicity that strongly influences the tuning. I will present two Non-negative Matrix Factorization (NMF) variants accounting for the inharmonic structure of piano tones and their application to 1) the estimation of the inharmonicity coefficient and the F0 in a supervised context both in monophonic/polyphonic conditions, and 2) to a polyphonic transcription task from which we investigate the influence of the inharmonicity inclusion in NMF-based models over a simpler harmonic model. I will then introduce a model of inharmonicity and piano tuning along the whole compass of pianos, based on invariants in design and tuning rules. Beyond analysis applications, I will show the usefulness of this model for providing tuning curves for out-of-tune pianos or physically-based synthesizers, for initializing the parameters of analysis algorithms, and finally for interpolating the inharmonicity and tuning of pianos along the whole compass from the analysis of a polyphonic recording containing only a few notes. Finally, I will give directions for further extensions of this work. In particular, I will discuss an application to the guitar for which the estimation of the inharmonicity may be used to retrieve the position of the fingers along the neck in applications to “audio to tablature” transcription.

François Rigaud is currently a post-doctoral fellow within the Signal and Image Processing (TSI) department at Télécom ParisTech. He received the MSc degree in Acoustics, Signal processing and Computer science Applied to Music (ATIAM) from the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6) and IRCAM in 2010, and the Ph.D. degree in the field of audio signal processing from Télécom ParisTech in 2013. He also received the Agrégation in applied physics (highest-level competitive French examinations for the recruitment of lecturers) from the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) de Cachan in 2009. His research interests include musical acoustics and signal processing with applications to Music Information Retrieval, and more recently multimodal biomedical signal processing. Website:


Best wishes,

--   Emmanouil Benetos, Research Fellow  Department of Computer Science  School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering  City University London  Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB, UK  Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 4154  e-mail:

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

CFP Understanding Scotland Musically, 21st October, Newcastle University

AHRC sponsored one day conference, 21st October 2014, Research
Beehive, Newcastle University.


With a keynote address from

Dr Gary West

'Understanding Scotland Musically: Do we? Can we?'

Scottish traditional music has been through a successful revival and
has now entered a professionalized and public space. Devolution in the
UK, and the rapid expansion of the New Europe have led to a rise of
importance of regional and national identities within the context of
globalization of musical communities. What was once considered kitsch
tartanry has been re-mythologized and now hybrid sounds from Scottish
musicians portray a newer, emergent sense of national identity.
Increasingly, musicians are performing deterritorialized and
commodified music which is shifting attention away from musical
provenance and authentic ideology towards more transient sonic
identities and blurring established musical genres. This conference
seeks to explore how contemporary traditional music performs
Scottishness at this crucial moment in the public life of an
increasingly (dis)United Kingdom. We are interested in papers that
deal with the relationship(s) between Scottish traditional music (or
Scottish folk music) and: the musical politics of identity; public
policy for the arts, tourism and their policy makers; education; the
Scottish and UK media; alternative public conceptions of Scottishness;
the wider Scottish traditional arts; the independence referendum;
other creative practices and their audiences. We hope to take forward
a selection of papers from this conference for publication as a book
edited by Dr Simon McKerrell (Newcastle University) and Dr Gary West.
(Edinburgh University).

Conference host: Dr Simon McKerrell

Papers will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. In addition
to individual papers, suggestions for panel topics are welcome. Panels
exploring a particular issue around the theme are encouraged, and
these would receive one hour including paper presentations and

The deadline for submissions is Friday the 2nd May 2014.

Please submit your abstract(s) for consideration (max 300 words) to
Simon McKerrell ( For panel submissions,
please submit both an abstract for the whole panel and abstracts for
each individual paper. The conference is supported by the AHRC and is
free for presenters. To register as a non-presenting delegate (£20),
please email

This conference is sponsored by The Arts and Humanities Research
Council and Newcastle University.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Preface for study score

Below you find a list of works, which we will publish in the next
months in our series REPERTOIRE EXPLORER. We would like to invite you
to contribute a preface for the following works:

Albrechtsberger, Johann Georg - Sinfonia in C - Dur, Sinfonia
Concertino in D - Dur
Berger, Wilhelm - Simfonia VI
Berwald, Franz - Reminiscence of the Norwegian Mountains
Berwald, Franz - Konzert für zwei Violinen und Orchester
Boccherini, Luigi - Sinfonia in la op.37 n.4
Boehe, Ernst - Aus Odysseus Fahrten op.6
Cimarosa, Domenico - Sinfonia D - Dur, Sinfonia B - Dur
Flotow, Friedrich von - Klavierkonzert Nr.2 in a - Moll
Franckenstein, Clemens von - Gesänge für Singstimme und Orchester op.34
Grosz, Wilhelm - Rondels
Haydn, Michael - Sechs Menuette für Orchester, Divertimenti in G - Dur
und B - Dur
Henriques, Fini - Suite pour Hautbois op.12
Hofmann, Heinrich - "Frithjof" Symphonie
Juon, Paul - Anmut und Würde op.94
Kopylow, Alexander - Symphonie Ut mineur
Leoncavallo, Ruggero - Tarantella pour Orchestre
Lyapunov, Sergey - Klavierkonzert op.4
Massenet, Jules - Scènes dramatiques
Moór, Emanuel - Symphonie für Orchester op.65
Muffat, Georg - Florilegium Primum & Secundum
Muffat, Georg - Sechs Concerti Grossi
Myslivecek, Josef - Ezio (Ouvertüre)
Myslivecek, Josef - Tre otteti per due oboi, due clarinetti, due corni
e due fagotti
Ostrcil, Otakar - Impromptu
Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista - Concerto in Sol maggiore
Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista - Salve regina per contralto e archi
Rachmaninow, Sergej - Felsen
Reicha, Joseph - Konzert für zwei Hörner und Orchester op.5
Respighi, Ottorino / Bach - Passacaglia in Do minore
Reuss, August - Sommeridylle op.39
Ritter, Alexander - Hochzeitsreigen für Orchester
Romberg, Andreas - Die Glocke
Rossini, Gioacchino - Tema con Variazioni per quattro strumenti a fiato
Saint-Saens, Camille - Rhapsodie d'auvergne für Klavier und Orchester op.73
Schillings, Max von - Tanz der Blumen
Schulhoff, Erwin - Stücke für zwei Violinen Viola und Violoncello
Sinding, Christian - Rondo Infinito
Suter, Hermann - Sextett op. 18
Szymanowski, Karol - Penthesiliea
Szymanowski, Karol - Litany to the Virgin Mary
Thieriot, Ferdinand - Serenade für Orchester F - Dur op.44
Weingartner, Felix - Symphonie Nr.3 op.49
Woyrsch, Felix - Zweite Symphonie C- Dur op.60
Zach, Jan - Konzert für Klavier und Orchester As - Dur op.17

The series is dedicated to unjustly neglected works, which are no
longer available or were never available before. It is a direct and
idealistic response to the fact, that the repertoire of classical
music is shrinking every day and many little known pieces are
vanishing into oblivion. We hope that our scores will help this music
revive and survive. If you want to know more about our activity,
please visit our website There you find the catalogue
of our study scores which will allow a survey of the fundamental idea
of our publication work.

With greetings from Munich
Peter Dietz

Musikproduktion Höflich
Enhuberstrasse 6-8 Rgb.
D - 80333 München
Tel 089 - 52 20 81
Fax 089 - 52 54 11