Monday, February 27, 2017

Fwd: FW: World Voice Day 2017 - request from the BVA Newsletter Editor

This is a request from the BVA Newsletter Editor: World Voice Day is taking place on 16.4.2017 and, for the next edition of the newsletter, the Editor would be very interested to hear what you are planning to do to celebrate this day. Even if it is still only an idea at this stage, she would be most grateful if you could send her a couple of lines (deadline is 5.3.2017) with your ideas and plans to


Thank you.


Yours sincerely 


Jackie Ellis

Administrator of the British Voice Association

Tel: 0300 123 2773

The British Voice Association is a company limited by guarantee, 
Company No. 3873285, registered in England with its registered office 
address at :330 Gray's Inn Road, LONDON WC1X 8EE
The BVA is also a registered charity, with Registered Charity No.1078709



Fwd: Concert - May 23rd

This unique concert will feature works created with computers as creative partners drawing on a uniquely human tradition: instrumental folk music. This is part of an AHRC funded project and is centred around a machine learning system we have trained with over 23,000 ``Celtic'' tunes -- typically played in pubs and festivals around Ireland, France and the UK. We will showcase works involving composers and musicians co-creating music with our program, drawing upon the features it has learned from this tradition, and combining it with human imagination. 

Tue 23 May 2017 19:00

Film and Drama Studio (Arts 2)

Queen Mary University of London

Mile End Road

E1 4NS

Further details and tickets at:

Dr. Oded Ben-Tal
Senior Lecturer, Music Technology
Kingston University

Fwd: Job: Research Fellow in Perceptual Audio Evaluation (Deadline: 14 March 2017)

Dear Music-and-Science people, Please feel free to forward the following job information to anyone who may be interested. Apologies for cross-posting. Best wishes, Mark Plumbley


Research Fellow in Perceptual Audio Evaluation

University of Surrey, UK

Salary:  GBP 31,076 to GBP 38,183 per annum

Closing Date: 14 March 2017

Reference: 012217

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow in Perceptual Audio Evaluation to work full-time on an EPSRC funded project "Musical Audio Repurposing using Source Separation" from 1 April 2017 to 31 January 2018. This project is tackling the challenge of high quality musical audio repurposing, focussing on soloing, desoloing, remixing and upmixing. The project is investigating new methods for musical audio source separation, in parallel with investigating new perceptual evaluation measures for audio source separation.

The candidate will be responsible for perceptually evaluating the results of musical audio separation and repurposing. This will involve preparing and conducting subjective experiments, analysing the results, and comparing these with extant metrics and perceptual models. The candidate will make use of the resulting data to either refine or develop new metrics or perceptual models to aid the development and evaluation of musical source separation and repurposing algorithms.

The successful applicant will have undertaken doctoral level research in experimental/applied psychoacoustics or similar and will have expertise in psychoacoustics, with an understanding of factors likely to be related to source separation and audio repurposing. Skills in and experience of the following are essential: the design and execution of listening-based subjective experiments; and statistical analysis and modeling. Also essential are strong writing skills for audiences of varying levels of technical expertise, and the ability to work independently and manage time effectively. A background in programming in one or more of Max/MSP, PureData, Python, C++ and/or MATLAB will be an advantage. Specific skills in source separation and audio repurposing and the development of related perceptual models will also be an advantage, as will academic publications in a relevant area.

The project is led by Prof Mark Plumbley in the Machine Audition Lab of the Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP), and this post will be jointly supervised by Dr Russell Mason in the Institute of Sound Recording (IoSR).

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, 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 video and audio capture facilities supporting research in real-time video and audio processing and visualisation. The IoSR is a leading centre for research in psychoacoustic engineering, as well as being home to the Tonmeister undergraduate degree programme. It has a focused team of 12 researchers, plus several industrial collaborators, and a range of professional facilities of the highest standards, including three recording studios and an ITU-R BS 1116 standard critical listening room.

Informal enquires are welcome, to: Dr Russell Mason ( or Prof Mark Plumbley (

For more information on the job and how to apply, visit

Prof Mark D Plumbley
Interim Head of Department of Computer Science
Professor of Signal Processing
Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP)
University of Surrey - Celebrating 50 years in Guildford
Email (Head of Department matters):
Email (Other matters):
University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, UK

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fwd: Conference update - 'Exploring the spiritual in music'

Exploring the spiritual in music: Interdisciplinary dialogues in music, wellbeing and education

The 4th Nordoff Robbins Plus Research Conference & The 4th International Spirituality and Music Education (SAME) Conference

9-10 December 2017, London, UK



Dear colleagues,


The submissions deadline for the 'Exploring the Spiritual in Music' conference is fast approaching and it's time to submit your proposal if you haven't already done!


If you have already submitted a proposal we kindly ask you to double-check that you have received a confirmation email. If you have NOT received a confirmation, please resend your proposal to:


We kindly ask you to check this as email communication seemed to be interrupted due to technical problems with the conference's server.


To ensure that all submitted proposals have reached us safely, we also ask you to pass on this information to your colleagues who may have submitted a proposal to the conference. To allow time for this checking to happen, the submissions deadline has been extended until 15th March 2017.


For any further information, you are always welcome to contact me.


Best wishes,


Giorgos Tsiris


Co-chair with Prof Gary Ansdell
"Exploring the Spiritual in Music: Interdisciplinary dialogues in music, wellbeing and education"

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Fwd: summer school "Music, Language and Cognition"

International summer school: Music, language and cognition

Como Lake 26-30 June, 2017

University of Milano Bicocca, University of Pavia, Conservatory of Como


The Summer School "Music, Language and Cognition" offers an extended overview of complex behavioral events whose existence is time dependent, including language, music and body movement. We focus on how sounds, melodies, rhythm and syntactic information in music and language may afford the extraction of regularities, the generation of expectations, the coordination of perception and action, the directing of attention, and the priming of interactive social behavior. Lecturers will be integrated by brain storming and students presentations.

Topics: Biology and Evolution, Syntax and Music, Neuroscience of Music, Social interaction and Education, Movement-Time and rehabilitation.

Speakers: Alice Mado Proverbio, Ani Patel, Eckart Altenmuller, Henkjan Honing, Ian Cross, Jessica Grahn, Martin Rohrmeir, Stephan Koelsch, Susan Hallam, Tecumseh Fitch, Tom Fritz.

Organizing committee

  • Maria Teresa Guasti (University of Milano-Bicocca)
  • Ian Cross (Cambridge University)
  • Tecumseh Fitch (University of Vienna)
  • Noemi Ancona  (University of Pavia)
  • Luca Bassetto (Conservatorio Como)
  • Antonio Grande (Conservatorio Como)
  • Natale Stucchi (University of Milano-Bicocca)
  • Tomaso Vecchi (University of Pavia)
--    Maria Teresa Guasti  Professor of linguistics and language acquisition  Department of Psychology  University of Milano Bicocca  P.zza Ateneo Nuovo 1  20126 Milano  

Fwd: Call for papers: Musichildren'17 | deadline 26th March

Call for papers: Musichildren'17 

1st International Conference: "Music for and by Children: Perspectives from Children, Composers, Performers and Educators"

​October 19th to 21st  2017 | University of Aveiro, Portugal

The University of Aveiro, the Polytechnic Institute, Porto and INET-md (Institute of Ethnomusicology - Centre for Music and Dance Studies) will host the 1st International Conference: "Music for and by Children: Perspectives from Children, Composers, Performers and Educators", from October 19th to 21st  2017, at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. The keynote-speakers will be Jackie Wiggins (Oakland University) and Dai Fujikura (Royal College of Music).

The main goal of the musichildren'17 conference is to explore aspects of music for children, and music that is created by children. It aims to stimulate discussion, develop ideas, and disseminate research in the fields of Music Composition, Performance and Music Education. This 3 day event will host paper presentations, performances, workshops and discussions from around the world.

Main conference themes

1. Children as performers and audience: A forum that explores and presents research of processes that lead to music performed by children and the processes involved in performing to children.

2. Composing for children: A forum that aims to explore and present research and reflections on factors that contribute to widening repertoire for children and young audiences.

3. Children's music: A forum that aims to develop new understandings of children's creativity, and of the particular ways they create their own music, alone or in groups, in formal, non-formal and informal contexts.

Proposals for presentations compatible with the conference theme(s) are invited in any one of the following formats:

 Paper presentations (up to 20 minutes);

 Pre-formed Panel presentations. Please submit abstracts with each named speaker and their institutional affiliation (up to 90 minutes);


 Lecture-recitals (up to 35 minutes). Proposals submissions should specify exact length and be accompanied by a short curriculum of the presenter and links;

 Workshops (up to 60 minutes); Proposals submissions should specify exact length and be accompanied by a short curriculum of the presenter and links;

 Concerts involving children (up to 45 minutes). Proposals submissions should specify exact length and be accompanied by a short curriculum of the presenter and links.

Please note that active participation of children is encouraged in all presentation formats. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.

Authors should submit abstracts of up to 500 words using the online submission system Easy Chair. We recommend that submissions include information on context, theoretical background, methodology and results/findings.  

Presentations for the Pre-formed Panel consist of a set of integrated spoken papers relating to a theme. Abstracts submitted in this format should be up to 300 words each. The Chair must also submit an overview, a proposal of 200 words including a general description of the session that includes the purpose, motivation, and justification for the session.

All full submitted papers will be published on the PROA-UA platform (


Abstracts must be received by 26th March 2017.

Presenters will be notified by 2nd May 2017.

Deadline for the full papers submission is 10th September 2017.

General enquiries

General enquiries about registration, travel, lodging should be sent to

More information



Organising committee 
Sara Carvalho, Clarissa Foletto and Ana Veloso

Clarissa Foletto
Postdoctoral Fellow 
University of Aveiro,Portugal

Monday, February 20, 2017

European Music School Symposium

European Music School Symposium: The Future of Music Schools - today's
challenges and tomorrow's solutions

European Music School Symposium: October 6th to 7th, 2017 University
of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Department of Cultural Management
and Gender Studies, Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria

Cooperation partners:
European Music School Union,
Conference of Austrian Music School Associations

Monday, February 13, 2017

Fwd: Call for Contributions: Arts and Digital Practices Conference | May 2017 Edinburgh

sIREN Conference 2017: Arts and Digital Practices

ECA – Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland

30 – 31 May 2017

Submission deadline: 30 March 2017


sIREN 'Art and Digital Practices Conference' will explore digital
practices and their social impact in contemporary artistic contexts.
It seeks to create an interdisciplinary platform of communication
among artistic practices, technologies, theory, artistic collaboration
and digital media.

The plethora and availability of digital tools and practices have
transformed the ways art is created, perceived and disseminated. This
had a distinct impact on how research is conducted across the arts and
humanities as a whole, from practice-led to process-focused and
people-centered research. To this end, an interactive format of
hands-on workshops, papers and a performance session will lay the
foundations for a creative dialogue among artists, theorists,
academics and practitioners. The aim is to debate on key practical and
philosophical challenges that contribute to the broader discussion of
what it means to use digital tools as a form of artistic inquiry.

This conference will provide an arena for academics across disciplines
for extending the debate of interdisciplinary practices and their
appropriate methods as well as their potential. We welcome and
encourage proposals for papers across a wide range of related subject
areas – such as fine and digital media art, architectural design,
music and sound studies, geography, anthropology, cultural and film


The intersection of art and science
Digital arts and urbanism
Data analysis in art practice
Computation and creative processes

The intersection of art and science

Testing the boundaries between scientific method and artistic
experimentation. We intend to discuss the role of the artist in
blurring this discursive separation, and examine emergent forms of
such interdisciplinary practice.

Digital arts and urbanism

Approaching "digital urbanism" through exploring the themes of
multiculturalism, sustainability and community, contemporary
mobilities, digital art and design processes. We want to investigate
how digital arts form part of the political dynamics of urban space
and contribute in digital place-making.

Data analysis in art practice

Surveying artistic methods that rely upon the production or mapping of
data-sets. We are interested in systems, tools and approaches for
identifying patterns in creative processes and shaping this data into
material form.

Computation and creative processes

Investigating the role of computer technology in forming and mediating
creative practice. In particular, we aim to address some of the
issues, challenges and opportunities, arising from the present
ubiquity of computing devices.

Call for presentations

The conference will include research papers, position papers,
performance presentation, installation/exhibitions and a concert. It
will lead to an online publication and serve as a springboard for new
research collaborations.

We would like to invite contributions that in some way address these
topics in the broadest way possible. Proposed contributions may take
the following formats:

20 minute research papers
10 minute position papers

this might be grounded in personal practice or activism, more
polemical, work in progress

20 minute performance presentation

practice-led presentations that include some aspect of performance/work

Generally proposals should include all of the following details of the
proposed contribution:

the name(s), affiliation(s), email(s) of presenter(s)
title of paper/performance presentation
abstract/performance description (max 300 words)
a full list of any technical requirements and other resources
a short bio (max 150 words)

Submission deadline: March 30th 2017
You will be notified if your submission has been successful by April 15th 2017

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Please send your proposals to:

Papers/presentations and conference proceedings will be peer-reviewed
and published with DOIs.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to attend hands-on
workshops. There will also be a closing concert on the 31st.

Confirmed keynote speakers/workshop organisers are:

Nicolas Donin (IRCAM, Paris), Peter Sinclair (Locus Sonus Sound Lab),
Jen Southern (CeMoRe, Lancaster University), Trevor Wishart (Institute
of Sonology) and Chris Speed (ECA, Design Informatics).

Please note that there are no charges for registration and attendance.
Lunch, coffee breaks and a closing drinks reception are included.

Have a question? Please email

Academic committee:

Prof Richard Coyne, Prof Chris Speed, Dr Jules Rawlinson, Dr Martin
Parker, Dr Owen Green, Mr Yati Durant

Hosted by sIREN (student-led Interdisciplinary REsearch Network) team:
Eleni-Ira Panourgia, Katerina Talianni, Dara Etefaghi, Tina Krekels,
Jack Walker, Roxana Karam

For more:

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Call for Chapters: Pedagogy Development for Teaching Online Music

Call for Chapters: 
Pedagogy Development for Teaching Online Music

Carol Johnson (University of Calgary) and 
Virginia Christy Lamothe (Belmont University)


Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: March 15, 2017
Full Chapters Due: July 15, 2017
Submission Date: October 15, 2017


The connection of practical teaching scenarios to research-informed pedagogy is an important recurring dialogue to take place as online music education continues its exponential expansion in higher education. The overarching theme of this work is the design and development of teaching and learning post-secondary music online. Therefore, this collection of work seeks to share both the research-based evidence of the current landscape of teaching and learning post-secondary music in the online environment as well as explore the development of an online music pedagogy.


The purpose of this of work is to gather a collection of research and current teaching practices in post-secondary online music environments to explore the creation of an online music pedagogy. With the recent emergence of online music education from the traditional music classroom in the past 10 years, there are many challenges and opportunities that have yet to be documented and explored to the broader academic community. This book seeks to become a primary resource to help clarify the practices and understand the nature of teaching and learning music in the online environment at the post-secondary level.

Target Audience

Research and practitioners teaching music theory, music history, music appreciation and world music at the post-secondary level in the online environment are the targeted audience for this book.

Recommended Topics

We invite researchers, practitioners and scholars to submit chapter proposals that centers on the pedagogy involved in online music education at the postsecondary level. Possible topics could address:

·      Development of an online music pedagogy,

·      Use of Social-constructivist learning in online music courses,

·      Design for online music courses,

·      Common misconceptions or pitfalls in online music courses,

·      Digital literacies for online music students,

·      Reshaping courses mid-semester based on formative reviews,

·      Designing for student voice in the online context,

·      Development, practice and feedback in online discussions,

·      Managing cognitive load in an online music course

·      Effective online learning tasks,

·      Implementing re-design based on student course evaluations,

·      Use of Virtual Reality (VR) and AI for music learning,

·      Assessment in online music learning,

·      Nature of collaboration for online music learning,

·      Inclusion of informal online music learning spaces,

·      Challenges and future implications for online music education

This is not an exhaustive list. Submissions that address any of these or related topics will be considered. Research studies (i.e., qualitative and quantitative methodologies), current practices (e.g., action research) and theoretical writings are welcome.

Submission Procedure

We invite researchers and practitioners to submit a chapter proposal (1,000 to 2,000 words) by March 15, 2017. Clearly identify the following items in your chapter with the following headers: Abstract, Keywords (5-8 keywords), Background, Purpose of Chapter, and Implications/ Recommendations to the Field. Submissions are to be uploaded to IGI website as outlined at . A double-blind peer review editorial process will then be completed and authors will be notified by April 30, 2017 about the status of their proposals, along with chapter writing guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by July 15, 2017. You can find more information about the manuscript guidelines at prior to submission. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. 
Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Pedagogy Development for Teaching Online Music . All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind editorial review process.

All proposals should be submitted through the E-Editorial DiscoveryTM online submission manager at The anticipated publication date is 2018.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2018.

Important Dates

Call for Chapter Proposal Submissions: February 1, 2017 – March 15, 2017 
Notification of Acceptance: April 30, 2017 
Full chapter submissions: July 15, 2017 
Reviews results returned: September 15, 2017 
Final acceptance notification: September 30, 2017 
Final chapter submission: October 15, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

Fwd: Fully Funded PHD Studentships - Open University UK

The School of Computing and Communications at the Open University (UK)
invites applications for a full-time PhD studentship starting in
October 2017. Studentships are for three years full time study, and
cover tuition fees and a stipend of approx. £14K

The following topics are suitable, but you are welcome to propose a
project in any area of music computing.

Musical Contrast (and Similarity)
Music and Emotion
Music and Narrative
Computational Creativity
Computational Musicology
Deep Learning for Music
Musical Pattern Discovery
Statistical Music Generation
Music for Computer Games
Collaborative Music Environments
Musical Tabletops
MIR in Creative Settings

A separate topic that might be of interest, and draw on some of the
same themes and technologies, is the use of ubiquitous technology in
group conflict resolution.

If interested, please contact me (Dr Robin Laney: robin.laney @ for an informal discussion and advice on constructing a
proposal early, as a polished proposal will be needed.

Applications from part-time candidates also welcome.

For further details of how to apply, please visit:

Closing date: 10 March

The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an
exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland
(SC 038302).

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Why Sing? The Evolution of Singing

Why Sing?  The Evolution of Singing

Tickets are now on sale for the first of three conferences exploring the evolution, and the physical, mental and social benefits of singing from the Stone Age to the present day. 

The Evolution of Singing will take place on Friday 28 April 2017 in the beautiful Church of the Order of St John, Clerkenwell. 

Click here to book online, or you can call us on 0208 404 1327.

Full price: £95
Student (full-time only): £35
Choir member: £50*

*A limited number of discounted tickets are available for choir members. To buy these you need a booking code, issued to your choir on request. To register your choir and/or book a choir ticket, email us, or call the number above.

Further details available on our website.

We hope you will be able to join us. 

Best wishes

The Musical Brain Team
The Church of the Order of St John, Clerkenwell