Events

Sound and Music Computing Conference 2017

14th Sound and Music Computing Conference (SMC), Espoo, Finland, 2017


Paper by Ken Déguernel (Inria Nancy - Ircam / STMS), Jérôme Nika (Ircam / STMS), Emmanuel Vincent (Inria Nancy) and Gérard Assayag (Ircam / STMS).

"Generating Equivalent Chord Progressions to Enrich Guided Improvisation : Application to Rhythm Changes "




Seminar at Queen Mary University of London

Seminar at the Center for Digital Music (28/06/2017), Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom

Talk by Ken Déguernel (Inria Nancy - Ircam / STMS) titled : "Learning of Musical Structures in the Context of Improvisation"

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AES International Conference on Semantic Audio 2017

AES International Conference on Semantic Audio, Erlangen, Germany, 2017


Paper by Diego Di Carlo (Inria Nancy), Ken Déguernel (Inria Nancy, Ircam / STMS), and Antoine Liutkus (Inria Nancy).

"Gaussian framework for interference reduction in live recordings"




Forum Mathématiques Vivantes 2017

Presentation of the event

The general public national event "Forum Mathématiques Vivantes" (living mathematics forum), organised by the French Commission on Mathematical Instruction is taking place from the 17th to the 19th of March 2017 in Lille, Lyon, Rennes and Toulouse.
The theme for this year is Mathematics and Languages.

On this occasion Ken Déguernel, Nathan Libermann and Emmanuel Vincent wrote a popular science article about the links between mathematics, languages and music. This article is included in a booklet distributed during the event.

Read the article (in French)




Presentation of mid-term achievements - National Agency for Research

The members of the project presented the mid-term achievements and perspectives of DYCI2 to the French National Agency for Research (January 10, 2017).




Journées des Jeunes Chercheurs en Acoustique, Audition et Signal 2016


Poster presented by Ken Déguernel (Inria Nancy - Ircam / STMS) on multidimensional musical improvisation in the OMax paradigm.

Ken Déguernel was awarded a Best poster award for his presentation.
(other awardees : Charlotte Desvages, University of Edinburgh & Vincent Lostanlen, ENS).




Sound and Music Computing Conference 2016

13th Sound and Music Computing Conference (SMC), Hamburg, Germany, 2016


Paper by Ken Déguernel (Inria Nancy - Ircam / STMS), Emmanuel Vincent (Inria Nancy) and Gérard Assayag (Ircam / STMS).

"Using Multidimensional Sequences for Improvisation in the OMax Paradigm"




France Inter : Radio program "Chercheurs d'avenir", 2016

Radio Program "Chercheurs d'avenir : l'avenir de la recherche en informatique", presented by Mathieu Vidard, first broadcasted on France Inter, July 10, 2016


Invited speakers : Gérard Berry, Stéphanie Delaune, and Jérôme Nika (Ircam / STMS).
Interviews, discussion, and broadcasting of a co-improvisation Rémi Fox (saxophone) / ImproteK.

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Concert "Secret Heroes" - Grande Salle, Centre Pompidou, 2016

Concert "Secret Heroes", Opening of the "Beat Generation" exibit at the Centre Pompidou Grande Salle, Centre Pompidou, Paris, June 22, 2016


Concert using ImproteK and Somax:
Benoît Delbecq (Piano, Drum'n Bass Station), Doctor Bone a.k.a. Ashley Slater (Voice, Turntables, Sampler, Trombone), Jozef Dumoulin (Fender Rhodes, Electronics), Gilbert Nouno (Computer)

"Secret Heroes": program (french)

En présence de William S. Burroughs - Secret Heroes

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« Our secret heroes » : c’est ainsi qu’Allen Ginsberg désignait Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis ou Thelonious Monk. Au même titre qu’un Arthur Rimbaud, ces jazzmen qu’ils écoutaient religieusement ont profondément influencé les membres de la Beat Generation : épris de liberté formelle et expressive, fascinés par cette musique, et particulièrement par la volubilité du be-bop, ils aspiraient à reproduire par le verbe ses rythmes et sa brillante fluidité.




SiSEC 2016

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Inria participated in the sixth community-based Signal Separation Evaluation Campaign (SiSEC 2016) (deadline: june 13 2016) by submitting its deep neural network based musical source separation system on the Professionally-produced music recordings task. Similarly to last year, our system ranked 1st ex-aequo.




Loria's 40th anniversary

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On the occasion of Loria's 40th anniversary, on june 2 2016 in Nancy, K. Déguernel et E. Vincent presented a demo of OMax.
The demo showed the current functionnalities of OMax and the improvements envisioned in DYCI2.




"Sciences and the Arts, New Fields for Computer Science", Collège de France, 2016

"Créativité musicale artificielle", seminar "Art et sciences, de nouveaux domaines pour l'informatique", Collège de France, Paris, May 27, 2016.



Invited talks by Gérard Assayag (Ircam / STMS) and Jérôme Nika (Ircam / STMS).
Performance by Bernard Lubat using Omax and ImproteK
with Gérard Assayag (Ircam / STMS), Marc Chemillier (EHESS), Jérôme Nika (Ircam / STMS).




Concerts "Augmented Jazz", Bernard Lubat, Madagascar & Mayotte, 2016

"Augmented jazz tour", concerts in Mayotte and Madagascar (2016)



"Saison jazz festival de Mayotte", concerts in Mayotte (May 12-16, 2016),
"Autour de Bernard Lubat à Madagascar", concerts in Madagascar (May 18-21, 2016).


Concerts using ImproteK:
Bernard Lubat (piano), Fabrice Vieira (sound processing), Marc Chemillier (computer).

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PhD defense, Jérôme Nika, 2016

Guiding human-computer music improvisation: introducing authoring and control with temporal scenarios (download the thesis)
Direction: Marc Chemillier (EHESS), Gérard Assayag (IRCAM).


Defense: May 16, 2016.

Jury:
Gérard Assayag - Ircam, Paris
Gérard Berry (president) - Collège de France, Paris
Emmanuel Chailloux - Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris
Myriam Desainte-Catherine (reviewer) - Université de Bordeaux
Shlomo Dubnov (reviewer) - University of California San Diego
George Lewis - Columbia University New York





Village des Sciences Informatiques du Loria

For the second consecutive year, the Loria organized on Thursday March 24 the "Computer Science Village", intended for students from more than a dozen master programs related to computer science (M1 in computer science, M1 in cognitive sciences, M1 MIAGE, engineering schools, etc) as well as bachelor programs (mainly L3 level). This science village promotes interaction between researchers and students, in the form of demos or presentations of research subjects. It has a twofold objective: to participate in the attractiveness of masters' programs and to convince students who have already chosen a program with a strong emphasis on computer science to embark on a research-oriented path. Approximately 150 students participated.

In this context, K. Déguernel and E. Vincent held a demo of OMax. The demo highlighted the current features of OMax and the improvements that are the subject of DYCI2.




Chronos seminar - Time and Events in Computer Science, Collège de France

Invited talk by Jérôme Nika in Chronos seminar, Collège de France, Paris, January 6, 2016.

Chronos seminar - Time and Events in Computer Science, Control Theory, Signal Processing, Computer Music, and Computational Neurosciences and Biology (from Chronos Project):

"The Chronos interdisciplinary network aims at placing in close contact and cooperation researchers of a variety of scientific fields: computer science, control theory, signal processing, computer music, neurosciences, and computational biology. The scientific object of study will be the understanding, modeling, and handling of time- and event-based computation across the fields. […] The broad subject of time and events has been the focus of the last 2 years of Collège de France courses of the Chronos coordinator, who also organized a dedicated informal seminar that was instrumental in building the Chronos network community and proposal. We benefited from visits of foreign researchers working in the same area, whose list is given in the full proposal and with whom we want to continue collaborating. Chronos will work by organizing a regular global seminar on subjects ranging from open questions to concrete solutions in the research fields, workshops gathering subsets of the Chronos researchers to address specific issues more deeply, a final public symposium presenting the main contributions and results, and an associated compendium."





Annual seminar of the National Network of Complex Systems (RNSC)


Invited talk by Jean Bresson (Ircam / STMS) and Jérôme Nika (Ircam / STMS) at the annual seminar of the National Network of Complex Systems (RNSC), Le Havre, November 2-5, 2015.




Artem fête la science 2015

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On the occasion of the general public event Artem fête la science on October 9 and 10 2015 in Nancy, that is the biggest « Fête de la science » event in Lorraine, Inria hold a demo stand for audio source separation.
The demo highlighted in particular deep neural network based separation algorithms applied to music.





Festival des Sciences - Journée Science et Musique 2015

Science / Music day - Young Researcher Prize in Science and Music 2015, Rennes, Maison des associations, September 25, 2015


Presentation of the event

Invited talk by Jérôme Nika (Ircam / STMS).
Young Researcher Prize in Science and Music 2015,
decerned by AFIM (French Association of Computer Music), INRIA (French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation), IRISA (Institute for Research in IT and Random Systems), Rennes 2 university and sponsored by Foundation Rennes 1.
(Other laureate: Jérémie Garcia, Ircam / STMS.)






Concert "Three Ladies" - "Pietre che cantano" festival 2015 , L'Aquila, Italy

"Edith Piaf, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Billie Holiday, tre donne del 1915", multimedia performance from and by Hervé Sellin and Georges Bloch, Festival interazionale "pietre che cantano", L'Aquila, Italy, August 21, 2015 .

Hervé Sellin (piano) and Georges Bloch (using ImproteK) intensively worked with the system for 6 months, from the beginning of their project to the first concert in August 2015. This collaboration led to two concerts (August 21st 2015, Festival Internazionale “Pietre che cantano", L’Aquila, Italy; February 6th 2016, Conservatoire du sixième arrondissement, Paris, France) and studio sessions to record the pieces. The idea of their project “Three Ladies” was to create two improvised pieces played by Hervé Sellin and a virtual trio: Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday, and Elizabeth Schwarzkopf.

Video: Studio session "The Man I Love"
Video: Interviews with Hervé Sellin (in french)



Workshop "Musician and machine", Montreux Jazz festival 2015

Presented by Gerard Assayag (Ircam / STMS), Rémi Fox (saxophonist, nOx) and Jérôme Nika (Ircam / STMS).



Announce of the workshop: "Artistic creativity seems to be the prerogative of humans; in particular those who express themselves through the act of composition or musical improve. However algorithms have long been capable of generativity and have been used by musicians in computer-assisted composition environments or in improvised interaction, such as the OMax software program developed by IRCAM. These digital agents also show a capacity for a type of computational “creativity” (machine musicianship), creating unique playing situations for musicians who like having partners that are both fanciful and strict, capable of learning in real-time, of mimicry, and of inspiring variations.
IRCAM and several partners (including EHESS, UBO, Inria, and EPFL), and in interaction with the Montreaux Festival, is carrying out the DYC12 project (Dynamiques créatives de l'interaction improvisée) with support from the French National Research Agency, making it possible to explore these ideas with current music, but also in a renewed and creative relationship with audiovisual archives - in particular those from the Festival. The workshop included an explanation and live demo of these ideas with artists."

Video: Studio session "Rent Party"

Videos: Studios sessions "Generative improvisation" #1 - #2 - #3

Videos: Interviews with Rémi Fox About "Rent Party" - About "Generative Improvisation"

Videos: Montreux Jazz Festival 2015 Workshop OMax performance par RepMus

Videos: Montreux Jazz Festival 2015 Workshop Archive Video Improvisation par RepMus



Journées Portes ouvertes de l'Ircam en juin 2015

A quelques pas du Centre Pompidou, l'IRCAM (l’Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique et Musique) proposait, samedi 6 juin, ses portes ouvertes dans le cadre du Festival ManiFeste. Les visiteurs pouvaient expérimenter des jeux musicaux collectifs avec des smartphones, tester un karaoké inversé, improviser sur une guitare augmentée et pour les plus sportifs, s’essayer au ping-pong musical.Particulièrement remarqués, deux nouveaux dispositifs d'augmentation de la guitare, l'un d'accompagnement automatique et interactif issu du projet ANR DYCI2, l'autre de transformation du son des guitares acoustiques sans haut-parleur grâce au contrôle actif des vibrations.







Science & You 2015

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On the occasion of the general public event Science & You from June 3 to 6 juin 2015 in Nancy, K. Déguernel and E. Vincent (Inria Nancy) held a demo stand of OMax.
The demo highlighted the current features of OMax and improvements that are the subject of DYCI2.





SiSEC 2015

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Inria participed in the fifth community-based Signal Separation Evaluation Campaign (SiSEC 2015) (deadline: May 25 2015) by submitting its deep neural network based source separation system on the Professionally-produced music recordings task. This task consists of separating 50 full popular music recordings in different styles into 4 tracks (singing voice, percussion, bass, other instruments) without any prior information. The training corpus involves 50 other recordings. The results showed an improvement of the signal-to-distortion ratio by several decibels wrt the state of the art. Our system ranked 1st ex-aequo.




Seminar "Complex Systems in Social Sciences"

Invited talk by Jérôme Nika (Ircam / EHESS), EHESS, Paris, April 3, 2015

"Modèle pour l'improvisation musicale homme-machine guidée par un scénario", Seminar Complex systems in social sciences, Cams (Center of Analysis and Social Mathematics), EHESS (School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences), Paris, April 3, 2015.




International Jazz Day 2015

A l’occasion de l’International Jazz Day, Carte blanche à la Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation au Centre Culturel Suisse à Paris le 30 avril 2015.

Jerry Léonide Quintet + guest Paul Plexi
Directrice artistique : Stéphanie-Aloysia Moretti (MJAF), Technique EPFL.

 http://www.ccsparis.com/events/view/jerry-leonide-quintet-guest-paul-plexi

Le pianiste mauricien Jerry Léonide a été lauréat 2013 de la Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition. Concert en quintet à l’occasion de la sortie de son dernier opus The Key, chez Act. Cet album est le résultat d'un mélange subtile entre le jazz et les rythmes de l’île Maurice pour donner une musique chaloupée tout en laissant une grande place à l'expression et à l'improvisation. La richesse de son univers musical alliée à sa technique et sa maîtrise du jazz moderne fait de Jerry l'un des pianistes les plus créatifs et originaux de sa génération.

En introduction du concert, Jerry Léonide se prête à une performance imaginée par Le Montreux Jazz Festival et l'Ecole polytechique fédérale de Lausanne, partenaires du projet DYCI2 : un "Steal the Show". Le pianiste rejoue quelques extraits en live du concert de Monty Alexander en 1976, au Montreux Jazz Festival, projeté simultanément. Cette expérience prélude à l'interaction généralisée et automatisée des musiciens avec les archives proposée par DYCI2.






Mathemusical Conversations 2015

Conference - Plenary session Creative Dynamics of Improvised Musical Interaction par Gerard Assayag (Ircam / STMS)

Plenary Session 2, Mathemusical Creativity, Chair: Gerard Assayag (Ircam / STMS); Speakers: Gerard Assayag, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon (Head European Research Council), Margaret Boden (U. of Sussex)



Mathemusical Conversations: mathematics and computation in performance and composition is an international workshop jointly hosted by the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and the Institute for Mathematical Sciences at National University of Singapore (NUS), organised in collaboration with the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London and the Sciences and Technologies for Music and Sound Research Lab, Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique, and in partnership with Raffles Institution.




Concert-conference "Brunch Ethnomusika"

Brunch Ethnomusika, public concert-conference, Péniche Anako, quai de Seine, Paris, February 8, 2015

"Marovany zither, rhythm, variations, and computer modeling using the software ImproteK" Concert-conference, presentation by M. Chemillier (EHESS) and demonstration / performance by M. Chemillier (EHESS) and J. Nika (Ircam /STMS).

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Brunch Ethnumusika : "Un dimanche par mois (11h-14h) sur la Péniche Anako, face au 61 Quai de Seine, Paris 19°. Depuis mars 2010, le Brunch ethnomusiKa met à l’honneur les musiques et les danses du monde, avec comme particularité d’associer les pratiques musicales et dansées aux discours de chercheurs, musiciens, danseurs, enseignants, acteurs culturels, qui présentent ces pratiques, les contextualisent et transmettent les savoirs qui y sont associés : conférences illustrées par des démonstrations instrumentales, chantées ou dansées, concerts, projections de films sont autant de formats qui sont explorés, en accordant une place importante à l’interaction avec le public. En mettant en évidence des manières d’écouter, de jouer, de penser les musiques et les danses à travers le monde, les intervenants donnent ainsi accès à des facettes peu connues de ces patrimoines."




"Unexpected workshops" - "Mons capitale de la culture 2015"

"Unexpected workshops": traveling school, workshops, discussions, performances, Lille (France), Mons / Tournai (Belgium), 2015

M. Chemillier (EHESS) and J. Nika (Ircam / STMS) took part in the organization and animation of the "Unexpected workshops music / philosophy" ("Rencontres inattendues musique et philosophie") organized by philosopher Bernard Stiegler and IRI (Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation) in the framework of the project “Mons capitale de la culture 2015”. This project addressed the questions of improvisation and annotation / categorization in music and philosophy.

ImproteK played an important role in the “Ateliers Inatendus” (“Unexpected Workshops”): from October 2014 to August 2015, a “traveling school” was organized between Belgium and France with workshops in Mons, Lille, and Tournai, attended by numerous amateur and professional musicians. The workshops associated sessions of collective musical practice orchestrated by Bernard Lubat, Fabrice Vieira and guests (such as Michel Portal), and sessions of collective discussions with interventions of philosophers and musicologists and ethnomusicologists (such as Bernard Stiegler, Jean During, Pierre Sauvanet and Yves Citton). This project ended with a summer school in Tournai during Tournai Jazz Festival 2015.

The scenography of the successive workshops was centered on a visual representation of ImproteK inputs and outputs displayed on a screen in the middle of the stage destined both to the musicians and to the audience. The system was integrated in a network of devices introducing new interactive practices for the musicians and enabling the audience to take part in an active listening process through annotations of the improvisations.

Project "Penser / Improviser"




Lorentz Center Workshop 2015

Conférence invitée Improvised Interaction, a Creative Pespective on Similarity par Gérard Assayag (Ircam / STMS) Workshop on Music Similarity: Concepts, Cognition and Computation, Jan 19-23 2015








The aim of this workshop is to bring together experts on music similarity from Computer Science and the Musical Sciences in order to discuss overarching and cross-disciplinary strategies on the theoretical and computational modeling of music similarity. Specifically, participants of the workshop are going to develop a roadmap document on music similarity research, providing an overview of achievements, current challenges, future short and long term goals on modeling music similarity.

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Abu Dhabi Rhythm International Workshop 2014

Cross-disciplinary and Multi-cultural Perspectives on Musical Rhythm II, New York University @ Abu Dhabi, October 12-15, 2014

Invited talks by Gérard Assayag (Ircam / STMS) , Jérôme Nika (Ircam / STMS), Marc Chemillier (EHESS)


A collaboration between NYU's campuses in Abu Dhabi and New York holds the second international research workshop on the cross-disciplinary and multi-cultural aspects of musical rhythm. The workshop gathers 25 leading world scholars to discuss their research, as well as investigate musical rhythm and improvisation in non-western music from a variety of academic standpoints.

Cross Cultural Live Performance featuring the Ircam OMax software

Musical Diversity in Concert II, Sunday, October 12, 2014 (concert video)

This concert features the rhythmic styles of musicians from different regions of the world, including India, Ghana, France, the UK, Peru, and the US. Equally diverse, the instruments represented range from traditional African drums, to saxophone, to cutting-edge, computer-generated music.






ICMC / SMC 2014, Key Note

Creative Symbolic Interaction Keynote by Gérard Assayag (Ircam / STMS), September 17, 2014.





The joint ICMC|SMC|2014 Conference took place in Athens, Greece, from 14 to 20 September 2014 and, for the first time brought together two well established events: the 40th International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) joint with the 11th Sound & Music Computing conference (SMC).