Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Fwd: Digital Musicology workshop at DH@Ox Summer School


Digital Musicology

Applied computational and informatics methods for enhancing musicology

Dates: 20--24 July 2015

until 29 June 2015.

A wealth of music and music-related information is now available
digitally, offering tantalizing possibilities for digital
musicologies. These resources include large collections of audio and
scores, bibliographic and biographic data, and performance ephemera --
not to mention the 'hidden' existence of these in other digital
content. With such large and wide ranging opportunities come new
challenges in methods, principally in adapting technological solutions
to assist musicologists in identifying, studying, and disseminating
scholarly insights from amongst this 'data deluge'.

This workshop provides an introduction to computational and
informatics methods that can be, and have been, successfully applied
to musicology. Many of these techniques have their foundations in
computer science, library and information science, mathematics and
most recently Music Information Retrieval (MIR); sessions are
delivered by expert practitioners from these fields and presented in
the context of their collaborations with musicologists, and by
musicologists relating their experiences of these multidisciplinary

The workshop comprises of a series of lectures and hands-on sessions,
supplemented with reports from musicology research
exemplars. Theoretical lectures are paired with practical sessions in
which attendees are guided through their own exploration of the topics
and tools covered. Laptops will be loaned to attendees with the
appropriate specialised software installed and preconfigured.

The workshop is part of the Digital Humanities @ Oxford annual Summer
School. As well as the workshop programme there are numerous events in
the Summer School including keynote lectures and evening social

Summer School site:

Richard Lewis
Computing, Goldsmiths' College
t: +44 (0)20 7078 5203
@: lewisrichard
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Fwd: Announcing the 2015 Orpheus Research Festival

The Orpheus Institute invites you to its 2015 Research Festival, the seventh edition, to take place from 30 September to 2 October.

Orpheus Research Festival 2015


The Orpheus Research Festival is our annual showcase event of research, music and ideas.

The Festival is now established as a beacon for artistic research in music and has drawn the attention of artistic researchers from all over the world. The Festival presents the full range of research at the Orpheus Institute into the processes and contexts of music making—work that addresses questions at the heart of the artist’s musical practice. Whether imagining the future or re-imagining the past, the diversity of artistic research at Orpheus sheds new light on our shared musical present.

Now in it's seventh edition, curated by theatre director and musician Johan Petri, the concerts, presentations and lectures in the Festival programme form a framework around which guests are encouraged to participate, to respond, provoke and discuss. The Orpheus Institute is pleased to welcome composer Christian Wolff as artist-in-residence at this year’s Festival.

  • Date and location
    From Wednesday September 30th through Friday the 2nd of October, 2015.
    Orpheus Institute (Ghent)
  • Registration deadline
    20 September 2015
    (Early bird registration before September 1)

  • Price
    Full participation fee: € 60
    (includes Festival brochure, morning and afternoon teas, lunches and a Festival dinner)
    Early Bird registration: € 45
    Daypasses at € 12

Detailed programme information and further updates will be available from early May.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

CFP Extended Deadline: Study Day on Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity

Dear all,

due to the number of requests, we have now extended the abstract submission deadline of the "Study Day on Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity" until Monday 27 April 2015.

For more information about the Study Day, please visit  

Best wishes,
Valerio Velardo
University of Huddersfield inspiring tomorrow's professionals.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fwd: MTF Research Network

Hi everyone,

I would like to invite you to attend an academic symposium about music and technology taking place as part of the Music Tech Fest Scandinavia in Umeå. The festival is a three day event from the 29th to the 31st of May, and is followed by the symposium on the 1st of June. We like to think of it as the ‘afterparty’...

The MTF Research symposium ( will be taking place at HUMlabX at the Umeå University Arts Campus. At the event, we will be launching the MTF Research Network - an international interdisciplinary group working to actively develop new, collaborative research projects. We will also be formally launching our partnership with Innovation in Music - a UK-based peer-reviewed journal and conference that will provide a publication outlet for those projects.

The research symposium at Umeå University focuses on the new research field of Human Music Interaction (HMI) - a field that brings together and bridges computer science, cultural studies, biomedical research, musicology - and every other academic endeavour that explores the relationship between human beings and musical expression. We will also be including industry research in our umbrella organisation.

At our first MTF Research meeting, the Music Tech Fest ‘Afterparty’ symposium at Microsoft Research in Boston in March 2014, we drafted the Manifesto for the Future of Music Technology Research (, coordinated by Jonathan Sterne and Nancy Baym. That document has come to express our central ethos, and is the founding document for the research network programme. We’d love you to read and, if you agree, undersign. 

1) Learn more about #MTFScandi and why we’re in Umeå:
2) For information about #MTFResearch:
3) To sign up to attend the free academic symposium on June 1st:
4) If you’d like to also present your research on the festival main stage, please complete this form

I hope you can join us for the festival and stay for the symposium on Monday. To book the hotel at our massively discounted rates, go to and click the +More button when you're ordering. Enter the code 'MusicTech'.

All the best,

Andrew Dubber
Professor of Music Industry Innovation, Birmingham City University
+46 70-615 03 85
Skype: adubber

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

IMC Music World News Issue 07/2015 - 15 April 2015


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Music World News

The IMC Music World News eBulletin presents music news from around the world - brought to you by the International Music Council. The bulletin is emailed to subscribers every two weeks free of charge. It reaches more than 70 countries on all five continents. Click here to subscribe.    

Issue 07/2015 – 15 April 2015

Music World News is divided into six sections. Scroll through or, if you wish, click on one of the sections to be taken straight to those stories.

Music the artform and artists

Cumbia: The Musical Backbone Of Latin America

Whether you're in a convenience store in Ushuaia, the southernmost tip of Argentina, Mexico City or East L.A., you're likely to hear cumbia blaring from a stereo.


The live music scene in Uganda

Ugandan recorded popular music began in 1929 with the British Odeon label, and by the 1950s there were several labels operating in the country, recording a variety of traditional music for release on 78rpm such as The Young Baganda Singers' Party, Kibirige and Budo Party, Nanyoga and Party, and a number of school and cathedral choirs.

Music in Africa

Against “Indie”

The comebacks of many flagship 2000s bands show it's time to eliminate this outdated, insular, and implicitly racist term.


Celebrating 100 years of Billie Holiday's life through music

In a jazz studies classroom at UCLA, the music of Billie Holiday is shaping a new generation of musicians.


Boulez à facettes : de la fulgurance au plaisir, un portrait multimédia de Pierre Boulez

Compositeur, chef d'orchestre, polémiste, théoricien, défenseur de la création contemporaine...Pierre Boulez a laissé son empreinte sur toute la deuxième moitié du XXe siècle.

France Musique

Music Industry

Digital Music Sales Match Physical for First Time

Revenue from digital music matched that from physical albums and discs for the first time in 2014, a global industry body said Tuesday.


Spotify, Tidal, Taylor Swift, and the coming streaming music wars

Once upon a time, on-demand, unlimited streaming access to a huge catalog of music for a monthly fee was an amazingly exciting idea, and Rhapsody was the only company doing it.

Fast Company

The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies Of 2015 In Music

From Beyoncé to big data, the artists and "suits" keeping the beat.

Fast Company

Tanzania: Invest in Music

Minister for Information, Youth, Culture and Sports Fenella Mukangara has requested for intensive investment in the music industry.

All Africa

Les maisons de disques se dressent contre Apple et Spotify

Les grands labels américains sont vent debout contre les sites de streaming qu'ils tentent de convertir au modèle des abonnements payants.

Les Echos

Music Education

7 Tips for Teachers to Get Today’s Students to Practice More

Here's some ideas that I have used or have heard other well-known teachers implement. Some of these ideas will take time, but are worth it in the long run...


France: "Priorité à l'éducation artistique et culturelle ? Le cas Zebrock."

Le Conseil d'administration de l'Association a pris sa décision fin mars: un nouveau plan de redressement est engagé à Zebrock, avec des mesures drastiques.


Malaysia: Hola! to more arts and music

The partnership, called the Malaysian Latin American Council for Creativity and Innovation, is a non-profit organisation set up for the advancement of intercultural collaboration promoting arts, education and talent development.

The Star

Ocarina Workshop wins Best Music Education Product award

Made in Britain and played in primary schools across the globe, the 4-hole Oc represents over 30 years of continuous development at Ocarina Workshop.


India: the need of non-film music schools

The Whistling Woods International (WWI) film institute in Goregaon will launch a music school starting in July, with diploma courses in various aspects of music and music production.

Hindustan Times

Policy, Research & Politics

How the forgotten music of the civil rights movement was hiding in plain sight

A treasure trove of long-forgotten civil rights era protest music could have been lost forever if one man hadn't thought to start flipping over old records to see what was on the other side.


Pakistan: DJs and singers silenced with new loudspeaker regulation

In the Punjab province in Pakistan, DJs, singers and show organisers are threatening to launch province-wide protest if Police continues to register cases against them while seizing their music equipment and loudspeaker systems because of a new legislation, the 'Punjab Sound System Regulation Ordinance 2015'.


‘Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten,’ a Documentary, Revives Cambodia’s Silenced Sounds

For proof of the universality of rock 'n' roll, look no further than Cambodia in the 1960s and '70s.

The New York Times

France: Prime minister intervenes to stop ban of posters for musical trio

The French Prime Minister stepped in to have a ban lifted on an advert for a musical trio called 'The Priests'.


Burkina Faso: La musique pour sensibiliser les jeunes à la politique

Au Burkina Faso, le rappeur Smockey est de retour sur la scène musicale après l'insurrection populaire avec un triple album dénommé Pré-volution.

All Africa

Opera plays on through east Ukraine chaos

The fighting in east Ukraine may have driven away soloists and drained the coffers, but it's still curtain up at the Donbass Opera theatre, thanks to its staff's heroic efforts.


Technologies and media

A Songwriter’s Notebook for Smartphone

Artists often find inspiration in their surroundings. Unless they are quick to jot down their ideas, those can be lost forever.

The music business is starting to think the next big thing is just a computer algorithm away

Identifying and developing talent is becoming a science - and the tool that is increasingly being used to define a hit or a miss is 'big data'

The Indipendent

Steinway’s New Piano Can Play a Perfect Concerto by Itself

The black and white keys move so fast it's hard to tell if Jenny Lin is even touching them.


The Pointy End

The tiny island paradise where 'people breathe music'

There's an old saying which states the Cape Verde Islands are home to a greater number of musicians per square kilometer than any other country in the world.


The world's 10 most expensive music festivals

Attending a music festival can burn a hole in your pocket. But which of the biggest events are the most expensive, and which are the cheapest?

The Independent

Hugh Masekela awarded honorary doctorate

African Jazz icon Hugh Masekela will receive an honorary doctorate from Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa this week, days before his 76th birthday on 4 April.

Music in Africa

When To Clap At The Symphony: A Guideline

There are two types of clapping experts; one that assures you that clapping between movements is ok and that there are really no rules and the expert that says only to clap when the piece is completely finished.

Inside the Arts


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fwd: Call for participation: C@MERATA: Querying musical scores with English noun phrases


C@MERATA: Querying musical scores with English noun phrases
A Task at MediaEval 2015

Texts about classical music frequently make reference to specific
features of works under discussion. These references can be specific
(e.g. C sharp in the treble clef) or general (fugal passage, Thor's
Hammer). Two kinds of user might be interested in finding such
passages in music. Firstly, musicologists or musicians who often wish
to find detailed features of a work in order to carry out further
analysis or to prepare for a performance. These users know exactly
what they are looking for and can express it in sophisticated natural
language but may need help finding it. Secondly, people learning about
music who would like to see examples of concepts they are not sure
about (e.g. a perfect cadence) so that they can learn more about music

The C@merata task is aimed at both classes of user. Task participants
are asked to develop a system capable of answering a series of short
questions. The two inputs for each question are: (1) a short noun
phrase in English and (2) a short classical music score in
MusicXML. The required response is a list of one or more passages in
the score which contain the feature.

The C@merata 2015 task builds on the first edition of this task in
2014 for which there were 200 questions to be matched against twenty
scores in a carefully defined distribution of question types. Some
questions were simple (e.g. quarter note rest) while others were
slightly harder (e.g. D4 in the right hand). A few were more complex
musically (e.g. tonic triad). Half the questions used English
terminology (e.g. quaver) and half American (e.g. eighth note). The
2015 task will be carried out on similar lines with a wider range of
more challenging questions. However, there will still be a
distribution of easier and more difficult types.

For more details about C@merata, including last year's task,
evaluation measures etc please see:


Task Registration:

Any queries: Contact rsutcl AT essex DOT ac DOT uk or any of the

Richard Sutcliffe, University of Essex
Chris Fox, University of Essex
Eduard Hovy, Carnegie-Mellon University
Deane L. Root, University of Pittsburgh
Richard Lewis, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Important Dates, all 2015:
1st May: Release of training data
15th-19th June: Download of questions, upload of answers
26th June: Results to participants
10th July: Submission of draft papers for review
21st August: Submission of final papers
14th-15th September: MediaEval Workshop in Dresden
Richard Lewis
Computing, Goldsmiths' College
t: +44 (0)20 7078 5203
@: lewisrichard
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