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Interview at Women in MusicTech, Georgia Tech University

Women in MusicTech is the first student organisation in the Georgia Tech center for Music Technology, a research center focusing on digital signal processing, acoustics, interactive system design, and robotics. Their goal is to encourage more women to join our amazing field of study, and to highlight the often unsung role of women in music technology. It was a pleasure for me to be interviewed by Amruta Vidwans, graduate student in this center.

I am very happy with the result, we can read the interview here. I really love their logo:



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Un mes irrepetible / A unique month

Yes, last month has been so unique for me that I wanted to share it with a post.

ISMIR 2014


From October 27th to November 1st, I attended the 15h International Conference of Music Information Retrieval in Taipei, Taiwan. ISMIR is by far my favorite conference, where I meet most of my colleagues, get to know the advancements in the field, and get fresh ideas for my research. This year, it was a busy edition for me. We presented some work related to the PHENICX project, where we try to apply MIR techniques for classical music, in particular for symphonic repertoire and within the context of a concert, so including real-time description. In addition, we had several meetings of the society board, where I take part as a member. Finally, I was co-authoring a poster on the robustness of low-level features, another one on melodic similarity of flamenco music, in the scope of our COFLA project, and presenting a demo of our MIR.EDU library for music education! A lot for a single week!

proxy  It was a great conference: amazing city and landscape, very good organization, nice presentations and research outcomes, and good perspectives for next year in Málaga, Spain.

After coming back from ISMIR, I had my tenured defense on November 5th. After some years working at UPF and a long waiting period due to economic restrictions, I got tenured assistant professor thanks to the Serra Hunter program of the Catalan government. I am really happy for that!

One week later, this Wednesday, I attended a workshop in Madrid that the Spanish Association of Symphonic Orchestras (AEOS) and BBVA foundation devoted, in its first day, to the new challenges and opportunities that technology offers for orchestras. I presented the PHENICX project, including use cases and the technologies that the different partners are researching and developping, integrated in our prototype. You can find here my slides and complementary material. It has already appeared in press.

Although we are not far from summer, I now feel I need some rest!

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International Classical Music Award for Classical Planet

One of the projects I’ve been involved on got a great award. Congratulations to FIA!!

I quote here some information:

“The renowned Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki wins the Lifetime Achievement Award; French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is Artist of the Year; German pianist Joseph Moog Young Artist of the Year; Ondine Label of the Year. A Special Achievement Award goes to the producer and re-recording engineer Ward Marston. The Classical Website Award goes to ‘’, an outstanding project coordinated by the Fundación Albéniz and offering musical content as well as a social networking platform for young musicians. Among the recipients of the Awards in the 14 CD and DVD, the Jury selected the ECM recording of piano works by Robert Schumann played by Andras Schiff  as Recording of the Year.”

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Book on Multimodal Music Processing

I’m very happy to have coauthored a chapter in this book on Multimodal Music Processing, as a result of a seminar that Meinard Muëller, Masataka Goto and Simon Dixon organized last year.

I contributed to a chapter about user modeling and personalization, which I think it’s a key aspect of future MIR systems. Searches, descriptors, similarity measures and classification algorithms should be adapted to different user needs, in order to provide powerful and informative services of recommendation and retrieval.

I hope you will find it interesting!

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“Amb la recerca no pots dir fins dilluns!”

An article that Ingrid Pujol made about me some time ago has been published online. It was already published in the Revista Musical Catalana. I like it quite much!

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III INterdisciplinary Conference in FLAmenco Research (INFLA 2012) and II International Workhop of Folk Music Analysis (FMA 2012)

I am co-organizing an international scientific event in my city, Seville, which is in fact, the most wonderful event I can think of at the moment: flamenco, folk music, music computing, april, Sevilla!

You can find at the web all the needed information. I am very happy as I think it will be an amazing event and an oportunity for everyone to come to the Feria de Sevilla this year 🙂

I hope many people will join.

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Remote contribution to ISMIR 2011

It’s a pity I cannot attend this year’s ISMIR, as the place is very nice (I have some very good friends in Miami) and the program seems very nice too. It’s not easy with two small children to be away for so long!! In any case there are some small contributions to MIREX I have been involved in, leaded by our PhD students Justin Salamon (predominant melody estimation) and Jose Zapata (tempo estimation). We had very good results. You can have a look at our MIREX poster for a brief overview and read the abstracts for more details.


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Noticia sobre el SMC2010

There are now some announcements in my institutions related to the Sound and Music Computing Conference 2010. This one is in catalan at ESMUC web site, and it’s related to the concert that our Laptop Orchestra will give at SMC. Don’t miss it!

L’Orquestra de Portàtils de l’ESMUC conclourà la setena conferència de l’SMC

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News at UPF web site about the SMC

The UPF web site published on their web site a news on the Sound and Music Computing Conference 2010, that will take place at my University this week. I am one of the three Scientific Programme Chairs.

La setena edició del Sound and Music Computing estarà organitzada pel GTM

I will miss it as I am currently in Montreal, but I hope everyone will enjoy the nice program both in terms of scientific presentations, concerts and social activities.

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