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C4DM research teaches machines to decipher birdsong
Innovative research looking at the timing and sequence of bird calls could provide new insight into the social interaction that goes on between birds.
Quantum physics offers insight into music expressivity
Scientists at EECS are bringing us closer to understanding the musical experience through a novel approach to analysing a common musical effect known as vibrato.
Music transformed by technology at QMUL’s Christmas Lecture
Traditional instruments were transformed by computer science to create sounds previously impossible at the annual Children’s Christmas lecture at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
Art and science collide in new EECS exhibition
What do robots performing comedy, music boxes from China and a jelly pudding have in common? These are just three of the projects that were on display at the Intersections exhibit, which showcased work from the Media and Arts Technology CDT at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
People can hear the difference in high resolution audio, study finds
Listeners can hear a difference between standard audio and better than CD quality, known as high resolution audio, according to a new study from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
Do you know your robin from your wren?
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science researcher Dan Stowell has developed the technology behind a new app that can automatically identify birds through their song.
Di Mainstone and collaborators play Clifton Suspension Bridge like a giant string instrument
Our Artist-in-Residence Di Mainstone has released a new online film which reveals the voice of the Clifton Suspension Bridge for the first time. Using specially created ‘bridge bows’ developed at Bristol’s Pervasive Media Studio with engineers from Arup and students from the University of the West of England, Di’s team have harnessed the low frequency vibrations of the suspension rods, found a way to turn them into music and captured the event on film.
First evolutionary history of 50 years of music charts using big data analysis of sounds
Our computer scientists have come together with evolutionary biologists to study the evolution of pop music. Their analysis of 17,000 songs from the US Billboard Hot 100 charts, 1960 to 2010, is the most substantial scientific study of the history of popular music to date.
PhD student Siying Wang selected as best student paper at international conference in Brisbane
Second year PhD student Siying Wang fought off competition from a number of other students more advanced in their studies to have her paper selected as the best student paper for ‘Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing’.
Hackathon winner: Sound design tool for visually impaired users
This years' NIME conference, which took place at Goldsmiths University, featured a one day hackathon centered around assistive interfaces narrowing down disabling barriers to musical and creative expression. The challenge was the following: "Design a musical device that can be easily configured/modified to make music making accessible to all, including musicians with a disability". A hack by Fiore Martin (based on the CCmI diagram editor) won the prize related to this challenge!
EECS sweeps the board for QMUL Enterprise Activity
The awards ceremony for the second annual Prizes for Public Engagement and Enterprise was held on Thursday 15 May, to celebrate the excellent breadth of activity at Queen Mary. The prizes were presented to the winners by Professor Mike Curtis, Director of the Centre for Public Engagement (CPE) and Professor Peter McOwan, Vice-Principal for Public Engagement and Student Enterprise.
C4DM PhD Student elected Vice-Chair of the Audio Engineering Society’s Student Delegate Assembly
Congratulations to Brecht De Man, C4DM PhD Student, who was recently elected Vice-Chair of the Audio Engineering Society's Student Delegate Assembly.
Video Analytics for Audience Measurement in Retail and Digital Signage
Prof Andrea Cavallaro is one of the organisers of the Video Analytics for Audience Measurement in Retail and Digital Signage (VAAM) workshop in conjunction with the 22nd International Conference on Pattern Recognition, Stockholm, Sweden, 24 August 2014.
Call for Multimodal Grand Challenges 2014
Dr Hatice Gunes is the chair of the ICMI Multimodal Grand Challenges, 12-16 November 2014.
First International Workshop on Assistive Computer Vision and Robotics (ACVR 2013)
First International Workshop on Assistive Computer Vision and Robotics (ACVR 2013)
Digital music to feel impact of Big Data
A new project that will use large music collections – so called Big Data – to support music research has been launched by Queen Mary University of London, City University London, University College London and the British Library.
TouchKeys:multi-touch sensing keyboard
A new keyboard overlay developed by Andrew McPherson from C4DM allows performers to bend pitch, create vibrato and experiment with a range of musical techniques not associated with standard keyboards.
C4DM is seeking older music listeners for a paid study
Marcus Pearce, EECS lecturer in Sound and Music Processing, is looking for volunteers to rate music.
PhD student Ben Bengler receives award at 9th ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition 2013
EECS' PhD student Ben Bengler was awarded the first honourable mention for Best Contribution to Creative Communication 2013 at the 9th ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition 2013, Sydney, Australia.
Art Rock Album features EECS Magnetic Resonator Piano
The latest album by "These New Puritans" features the Magnetic Resonator Piano developed by Andrew McPherson from the Centre for Digital Music
Interactional Sound and Music (C4DM) at “Design Can Change!” Exhibition, Shenzhen
Nick Bryan-Kinns and two of his PhD students, Ben Bengler and Dave Meckin, have been invited to exhibit their work on interactive sound at the “Design Can Change!” exhibition in Shenzhen, China.
Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Secondment: supporting cutting-edge research and teaching
Nick Bryan-Kinns, Senior Lecturer in EECS, has been awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Secondment to work with Togeva to develop lightweight methods and tools to evaluate mobile and social user interfaces.
Queen Mary Student Teaching Awards won by EECS Staff
Congratulations to Richard Kelly who won the QMSU Support Staff Member of the Year Award and Andrew McPherson who won the Postgraduate Teaching Award
Innovative keyboard backed by C4DM research wins award
The ROLI Seaboard GRAND, a new keyboard instrument and digital controller, was named winner of the 2013 SXSW Music Accelerator competition in Austin, Texas. The Seaboard GRAND was developed from research undertaken by Dr Andrew Robertson and supported by Dr Andrew McPherson, from the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM).
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