Friday, September 26, 2014

Lecturer below the bar in Festive and Community Arts



The University of Limerick (UL) with over 13,000 students and 1,300 staff is an energetic and enterprising institution with a proud record of innovation and excellence in education, research and scholarship. The dynamic, entrepreneurial and pioneering values which drive UL’s mission and strategy ensures thatwe capitalise on local, national and international engagement and connectivity.  We are renowned for providing an outstanding student experience and conducting leading edge research.  Our commitment is to make a difference by shaping the future through educating and empowering our students. UL is situated on a superb riverside campus of over 130 hectares with the River Shannon as a unifying focal point. Outstanding recreational, cultural and sporting facilities further enhance this exceptional learning and research environment.


Applications are invited for the following position:


Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences


Irish World Academy of Music & Dance


Lecturer below the bar in Festive and Community Arts


Contract Type: Tenure Track (five year fixed term).  During the term of the contract the successful applicant will have the opportunity to apply for tenure in accordance with the University's Policy and Procedures for Granting Multi-annual Status to Entry-level Academic Staff


Salary scale: €37,348 - €51,722 p.a.


Further information for applicants and application material is available online from:


The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday, 29th September 2014.

Applications must be completed online before 12 noon, Irish Standard Time on the closing date.


Please email if you experience any difficulties


Applications are welcome from suitably qualified candidates.

The University is an equal opportunities employer and committed to selection on merit.




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fwd: Music Informatics Research Group Seminar - Polina Proutskova, 24th September, 12:00

Dear all,

On Wednesday 24th September at 12:00, Polina Proutskova (Goldsmiths,
University of London) will present the seminar "Modelling vocal
production in the world's music cultures".

The talk will take place in room AG04 (College Building) at City
University London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB (campus map: ). More details below:


Title: Modelling vocal production in the world's music cultures

In order to apply computational approaches to analyse, compare and
classify recordings of singing, in particular in large, cross-cultural
collections, dimensions of analysis and criteria for comparison have
to be formalised. This is not an easy task. Singing teachers often use
idiosyncratic terminology for vocal production; medical professionals
mainly assess voice disorders. In voice science, the current state of
knowledge allows for detailed analysis of singing on a short temporal
scale, usually of several vocal-folds vibration cycles; for time
frames of several seconds, as are necessary for stylistic analysis,
the knowledge is still limited. A coherent and comprehensive model of
vocal production is yet to be developed. Even within a single culture,
such as Western music, there is little agreement among professionals
about basic terminology.
Publications in English analysing vocal production in other cultures
are rare. A seminal eth-nomusicological study on cross-cultural
comparison of singing was performed by Alan Lomax and his Cantometrics
team. Vocal production was studied using perceptual descriptors, but
the rating procedure did not take the subjectivity of perceptual
descriptors sufficiently into account.
I'll present an exploratory mixed methods study that investigates
whether vocal physiology can be used for a more objective description
of vocal production in a cross-cultural context. Its results so far
have been rather surprising and raise many questions for various
disciplines, in particular for MIR. We'll discuss its possible impact
on further research on singing as well as on computational approaches
to recordings of singing; and elaborate on whether MIR could help to
discover the relationship between singing and society.

Polina Proutskova is a singing practitioner and researcher: she
performs as a singer in a number of musical traditions, teaches vocal
technique, conducts field research in Russian villages. She is a PhD
candidate at Goldsmiths, her work spanning across the areas of
ethnomusicology, voice science and music informatics. Prior to her PhD
Polina worked with ethnomusicological archives on preservation and
interoperability and coordinated a UNESCO report on musical diversity;
her professional experience includes software development in
bioinformatics and formalising a data management system. Her
educational background is mathematics and computational linguistics at
the universities in St. Petersburg (Russia) and Heidelberg (Germany).
More info:


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

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fwd: November 2014: Method course; Data Collection, Interpretation and Analysis, University of Bergen - Norway


Grieg Research School in Interdisciplinary Music Studies (GRS) invites Ph.D. candidates and other researchers to the autumn 2014 course. This course will focus on methods and methodology as related to the collection of data material and the analysis of data material.  


The Study of Musical Experiences: Data Collection, Interpretation and Analysis

Location: University of Bergen, Norway

Dates: 25th-28th November 2014


Grieg Research School in Interdisciplinary Music Studies (GRS) invites Ph.D. candidates and other researchers to the autumn 2014 course. This course will focus on methods and methodology as related to the collection of data material and the analysis of data material.  


The course will be taught through lectures and workshops. Topics covered will include

Methods of Data Collection:

  • Interviews: procedures and process
  • Interpersonal Process Recall Method
  • Working with focus groups: methods, concepts and practicalities
  • Workshops will focus on how to write interview guidelines, issues of reflexivity and practical conduct of interviews

Methods of Data Analysis:

  • Interpretation of empirical material in qualitative music studies
  • The role of theory in the process of interpreting data
  • Can hermeneutics be used as an analytical method?
  • Understanding the social dimension of reflexive methodology
  • “HyperRESEARCH" as a tool for analysis. Introduction and workshop 


The course will also focus on candidate work. Ph.D. candidates, artistic research fellows and ‘førstelektor’ candidates are invited to give presentations. Senior researchers and supervisors are particularly welcome to attend the course and may give presentations if space in the programme. Master students are also welcome to participate.


See the enclosed brochure for updated information about the course, or have a look at the GRS website.



Abstract submission: Send the abstract to

Deadline for submission of abstract: Wednesday October 15th


Registration: online registration here

Closing date for registration: Friday November 14th



Best regards,

Liv Gunnhild Qvale

Adm. coordinator

Grieg Research School in

Interdisciplinary Music Studies

Tel: +47 4663 5520 / +47 5558 6031

Thursday, September 4, 2014



Book Launch



Thursday 16 October 2014 at 6.00pm

in the foyer of Blackwell’s Bookshop, Institute of Education, University of London

20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL



The Trustees of the Bernarr Rainbow Trust are pleased to invite you, and any colleagues who may be interested, to a celebratory book launch. Music in Independent Schools, edited by Andrew Morris, is the first comprehensive history of the subject: the book includes some of Rainbow’s study Music in the English Public School along with a substantial amount of new material from a variety of schools.

Bernarr Rainbow was a leading pioneer in the history of music education and the centenary of his birth falls on October 2. Before his death in 1998 he and Peter Dickinson established the Bernarr Rainbow Trust to support music education. Along with its many other ventures the Trust is now completing Rainbow’s ambitious series of Classic Texts in Music Education with seven titles being launched on this occasion.

We are looking forward to seeing you and members of the Advisory Board:

The Lord Wrigglesworth, Dr Gordon Cox, Professor George Odam, Dr Charles Plummeridge, John Stephens, OBE, Professor Graham Welch


Books will be on sale at this occasion



Please RSVP acceptances only by: Monday 6 October 2014

To Josephine Borradaile at:

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fwd: 1st Call for Papers: 5th International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music (MCM 2015)

The Fifth Biennial International Conference on Mathematics and
Computation in Music (MCM2015) will be held 22-25 June 2015 at Queen
Mary University of London in the United Kingdom. MCM is the flagship
conference of the Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music,
whose official publication is the Journal of Mathematics and Music.

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers from around
the world who adopt mathematical and/or computational approaches to
address any aspect of music theory, music analysis, composition and
performance. MCM aims to provide a dedicated platform for the
communication and exchange of ideas amongst researchers in
mathematics, informatics, music theory, composition, musicology, and
related disciplines.

We welcome submissions on any topic relating to mathematics and/or
computation and music, including (but not limited to):

* Mathematical and computational models of and/or approaches to
- musicology, music theory and analysis, composition
- musical performance and improvisation
- the perception and cognition of any aspect of musical structure
- music and emotion
- musical learning and education
- musical interaction and gestures

* Logical, philosophical and methodological aspects of mathematics and
computation in music
* The history of mathematics and computation in music
* Applications of mathematical music theory and computational tools
for musicians, musicologists and others who work with music

We invite submissions of the following types:

* Long papers (10-12 pages in the Springer LNCS style) to be presented orally
* Short papers (4-6 pages in the Springer LNCS style) to be presented as posters
* Panel discussions
* Workshops and tutorials


Long and short paper submissions should take the form of complete
papers, each paper submission should include an abstract of up to 150
words. As the review process will be double blind, authors must take
care not to reveal their identities in any way in their paper

Accepted papers will be published by Springer in an edited volume in
the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science, as were the proceedings
of previous MCM conferences. Information for authors in this series
may be found here, including formatting guidelines. Submissions must
be made using one of the Springer LNCS style templates. Authors are
strongly encouraged to prepare their submissions using the LNCS LaTeX
style (see also this sample file). However, if authors are unable to
use LaTeX, then templates are also available for Word 2007 and Word
2003. A correctly formatted document for Word for Mac, that you can
use as a sample, replacing its text with your own, may be found here.
Submissions that do not conform to one of these templates will be
rejected without review.

All papers will be reviewed according to their novelty, scientific
quality, relevance to the conference and stimulation potential. A long
paper submission might be accepted as a short paper in the review
process, if it is considered more appropriate for poster presentation.
In such cases, authors will be required to submit final versions of
their papers that comply with the 4-6 page limit for short papers.

A researcher may not appear as single author on more than one paper
submission, nor as a lead author on more than two paper submissions.


Panels should offer lively and provocative discussions on topics of
particular interest to the community. Rather than offering a series of
paper presentations, panel sessions should be structured so as to
engage the audience in thoughtful and constructive dialogue with the
panelists. The primary criteria for selection are the anticipated
level of interest, the potential impact, and the organizer's and
panelists' expertise in the field. Proposals should be no more than
4000 words and need not follow the Springer formatting procedures. A
proposal for a panel discussion should provide the following details:

* clear description of the topic of the discussion
* arguments why the topic is timely, significant and relevant to the conference
* references to relevant recent publications
* short biographies for the proposed discussants.


Workshops and tutorials are dedicated to, preferably,
interdisciplinary themes that are covered by any of the topics
relevant to the conference. Workshops should allow conference
participants to engage actively in the session. Tutorials should also,
preferably, allow for audience participation, but will generally
provide in-depth introductions to particular topics. The primary
criteria for selection are the anticipated level of interest, the
potential impact, and the presenters' expertise in the field.
Proposals for workshops and tutorials should be no longer than 3000
words and need not follow the Springer formatting procedures. A
proposal for a workshop or tutorial should provide the following

* an outline of the workshop/tutorial topic
* brief review of recent research relevant to the topic
* the intended and expected audience
* short biography of the presenter(s), and
* any special requirements.

The deadline for all types of submission is Friday 9 January 2015.

* Notification of acceptance: 10 March 2015 (tentative).
* Camera ready copy: 31 March 2015 (tentative).

For further details on the conference and the submissions please go to

We look forward to seeing you in London!

MCM 2015 General Chairs:
Oscar Bandtlow, Queen Mary University of London
Elaine Chew, Queen Mary University of London

MCM 2015 Programme Chairs:
David Meredith, Aalborg University
Anja Volk, Utrecht University

Anja Volk,
VIDI-laureate, Project leader MUSIVA
Assistant Professor, MA, MSc, PhD

Department of Information and Computing Sciences, Utrecht University
PO Box 80.089
3508 TB Utrecht, the Netherlands
Tel.:+31 (30) 253 5965