Friday, December 18, 2015

Fwd: Research Software Developer: Making Sense of Sounds

Dear Music and Science people,

Please forward the following job information to anyone who may be interested. Apologies for cross-posting.

Research Software Developer: Making Sense of Sounds

Deadline: 17 January 2016

Additional information below.

Many thanks,

Mark Plumbley


Research Software Developer on Making Sense of Sounds

University of Surrey, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP)

Salary:  GBP 30,738 to GBP 35,609

Closing Date:  17 January 2016 (midnight GMT)

Reference:  087015

Applications are invited for a Research Software Developer to work full-time on an EPSRC-funded project "Making Sense of Sounds" for 33 months starting February 2016. This project will investigate how to make sense from sound data, focussing on how to convert sound recordings into understandable and actionable information, and specifically how to allow people to search, browse and interact with sounds. The candidate will be responsible for the development of research software in connection with research into new signal processing methods to analyse sound and audiovisual files and new interaction methods to search and browse through sets of sound files.

The successful applicant is expected to have a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent professional experience in a relevant discipline, at least 1 year's experience in software development relevant to audio or audio-visual signal processing, and experience in software development in topics such as: digital signal processing, machine learning, blind source separation, spatial audio, audio coding, speech processing, audio-visual signal processing, data visualisation, human computer interaction, and/or large scale data processing. Direct research experience in audio or audio-visual signal processing, or experience of software development with signal processing researchers is desirable, as is significant software development experience in Python, Matlab, and/or C/C++.

The project will be led by Prof Mark Plumbley in the Machine Audition Lab of the Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) at the University of Surrey, in collaboration with the Digital World Research Centre (DWRC) at Surrey and the University of Salford. The postholder will be based in CVSSP and work under the direction of Prof Plumbley and Co-Investigators Dr Wenwu Wang and Dr Philip Jackson.

CVSSP  is one of the largest groups of its type in the UK, with over 120 active researchers working in the areas of vision, image processing, medical imaging, and audio, and a grant portfolio of over £12M. The Centre has state-of-the-art acoustic capture and analysis facilities enabling research into audio source separation, music transcription and spatial audio, and a Visual Media Lab with video and audio capture facilities supporting research in real-time video and audio processing and visualisation.

Informal enquires are welcome, to: Prof Mark Plumbley (, Dr Wenwu Wang (, or Dr Philip Jackson (

Expected start date: As soon as possible

Further Details:

Prof Mark D Plumbley
Professor of Signal Processing
Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP)
University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, UK

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Fwd: Music and Visual Imagery - Online Survey

[apologies for cross-posting]

Dear all,

We are currently conducting an online survey to collect information
about the role of visual imagery during music listening. Whether you
experience images before your mind's eye or not, we would very much
appreciate if you could participate in this survey.

You can access the survey at:

The whole survey should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.

Please forward this email to any colleagues, friends, relatives or
other person who you think might be interested in participating. Thank
you very much for your time in advance.

All best wishes,


Dr Mats B. Küssner
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Post-Doc)
Institut für Musik- und Medienwissenschaft
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30 2093-2623
Twitter: @matskussner

Monday, December 14, 2015

ucl chamber music club Christmas concert



Honorary President:  Professor Sir Malcolm Grant





Honorary President:  Professor Sir Malcolm Grant


Tuesday 15th December 2015



The North Cloister, Wilkins Building, Main Campus






1.    Sir C Hubert H Parry (1848-1918)........... Welcome, Yule!

       Peter Warlock (1894-1930)...................... Benedicamus Domino


2.    Traditional Carol (everyone) .................. Once in Royal David's city


3.    George Frederick Handel (1685-1759). Concerto grosso op. 6 No 2 in F major.

            (i) Andante larghetto  (ii) Allegro   (iii) Largo   (iv) Allegro ma non troppo

Soloists: Rupert Bawden, Edna Murphy


4.    Traditional Carol (everyone) .................. God rest ye merry gentlemen


5.    Roger Beeson (b. 1945):.......................... Verbum caro factum est (2015)


6.    Traditional Carol (everyone)................... The first Noel


7.    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).... Lutheran Mass in G minor BWV 235.

       (i) Kyrie  (ii) Gloria  (iii) Gratias agimus tibi  (iv) Domine Fili  (v) Qui tollis  (vi) Cum sancto spiritu

Soloists: John Kelsey (Bass); Jill House (Alto); Amélie Saintonge (Soprano)


8.    Traditional Carol (everyone)................... Angels from the realms of glory



There will be seasonal refreshments and a charity collection after the concert.


The UCL Chamber Music Club Choir and Orchestra

Directed by Bryan Solomon
Assistant director - Amélie Saintonge


Amélie Saintonge, Mona Hess, Patty Kostkova, Helene Albrecht, Gillian Hogg, Jill House, Marzia Scelsi, Elizabeth Mooney, Marilyn Monk, Jenny Shouler, Daniel Heanes, Senthuran Bhuvanendra, John Kelsey, Philippe Duffour, Ben Lund-Conlon

Edna Murphy, Rupert Bawden, Lizzy Martin, Pratik Bikkannavar, Will Kerrison (violins), Natalie Pound (oboe), Wei Bokun (flute), Mark Gavartin, Robin Blackwell (violas), Tabitha Tuckett, Andrew Watson, Patrick Guthrie (cellos), Jamie Parkinson (double bass), Roger Beeson (organ)


Entry is free and open to the general public as well as those working and studying at UCL & associated institutions.

For full details of the Chamber Music Club's activities and to apply for membership please visit:


The first concert of 2016 will take place on Tuesday 19th Jan at 5:30 in the Haldane Room

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Fwd: UCL Chamber Music Club - string players needed

Dear All,

I'm seeking to put together an orchestra for this year's Chamber Music
Club Christmas Concert, which will be held in the North Cloisters on
Tuesday 15 December at 6pm (until 7). There will likely be a dress
rehearsal before the concert (from 5pm).

The works include Bach's G minor Mass (one of the four Lutheran
Masses), which has some lovely moments and is scored for strings and
oboes (Oboes could be played by flutes, without too much difficulty).
There will likely be a string concerto as well (one of Handel's
concerti grossi). Could you please let me know if you are available,
and I'll set up a google poll to identify the most suitable rehearsal

We had a great concert last year and it would be great to see as many
of you as can make it.

Best wishes

Bryan Solomon