Research

Areas of interest:

  • Music Information Retrieval.
  • Human interfaces for musical instruments.

Current research:

Projects

  • OPAM (Projecte intern ESMUC, Prevint i Mútua-Intercomarcal, web)

L’Observatori per la Prevenció Auditiva per als Músics (OPAM) neix el 2008 amb la finalitat de vetllar per la salut auditiva dels músics i prevenir-los de possibles lesions. És una iniciativa promoguda de manera conjunta per l’Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC), el Departament d’Educació de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Mútua Intercomarcal, Prevint Societat de Prevenció i GAES. La creació de l’OPAM dóna resposta a l’entrada en vigor, el 15 de febrer del 2008, del Reial Decret sobre la protecció de la salut i la seguretat dels treballadors contra riscos relacionats amb l’exposició al soroll (Reial Decret 286 de 2006). L’Observatori treballa en tres línies d’acció principals: la detecció, la sensibilització i la prevenció.

  • CASAS (Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad,  TIN2015-70816-R, web)

Humans use singing to create identity, express emotion, tell stories, exercise creativity, and connect with each other while singing together. This is demonstrated by the large community of music singers active in choirs and the fact that vocal music makes up an important part of our cultural heritage. Currently, an increasing amount of music resources are becoming digital, and the Web has become an important tool for singers to discover and study music, as a feedback resource and as a way to share their singing performances. The CASAS (Community-Assisted Singing Analysis and Synthesis) project has two complementary goals. The first one is to improve state-of-the-art technologies that assist singers in their musical practice. We research on algorithms for singing analysis and synthesis (ex: automatic transcription, description, synthesis, classification and visualization), following a user-centered perspective, and with the goal of making them more robust, scalable and musically meaningful. The second one is to enhance current public-domain vocal music archives and create research data for our target music information retrieval (MIR) tasks. Our project put a special emphasis on choral repertoire in Catalan and Spanish

  • WoodMusick (FPS COST Action FP1302, web)

This Action aims to combine forces and to foster research on wooden musical instruments in order to preserve and develop the dissemination of knowledge on musical instruments in Europe through inter disciplinary research. The proposed program involves curators and conservators on the one side, wood scientists, chemists and acousticians on the other side, and finally, researchers in organology and making of instruments. As part of the CIMCIM (International Committee of Musical Instrument Museums and Collections) network, working with some members of the former WoodCultHer COST and with makers, the project will integrate study, conservation and preservation works on musical instruments in heritage, and will allow the different European teams working on wood to participate in research projects on musical instruments. The collaboration will help to develop cooperative programs on specific projects about the study and identification of artefacts and about the conservation of musical instruments.

  • Phenicx (FP7 STREP project, ICT-2011.8.2 ICT, web)

PHENICX (Performances as Highly Enriched aNd Interactive Concert eXperiences) will make use of state-of-the-art digital multimedia and internet technologies to transform traditional concert experiences into multimodal, multi-perspective and multilayer digital artefacts that can be easily explored, customized, personalized, (re)enjoyed and shared among the users. The project will focus on classical music in large ensemble settings. Main goals are: (a) Make live concerts appealing to potential new audience, and (b) Maximize the quality of concert experience for everyone. Scientific objectives are: (a) Techniques for multimodal enrichment of live music concert recordings suitable for implementation and deployment in real-world situations, and (b)Find ways to offer engaging digital experiences to a wide range of users.

  • Polifonia (ERASMUS Networks programme of the European Union, 2011-2014, web)

The overall aim of ‘ERASMUS Network for Music ‘Polifonia’ is to promote innovation in and enhance the quality, attractiveness and accessibility of European higher music education through cooperation at the European level. The project has the following objectives: To contribute to the Modernisation Agenda for Higher Education in Europe, to promote closer cooperation between higher music education institutions and organisations in the music professio, to promote mobility in the higher music education sector, and to enhance the quality and international attractiveness of the European higher music education sector by involving as participants in the project experts from key institutions in third countries.

  • IL4LTS (CSIC-200450E557)

IL4LTS es el acrónimo de Inrospective Learning for Long-Term Systems. El diseño de aplicaciones software que tienen que operar en entornos cambiantes y durante un periodo largo de tiempo es un campo en el que actualmente se está empezando a identificar como un reto investigación. Por un lado, la característica de dinamicidad plantea el reto del diseño de sistemas con capacidades a auto-adaptación. Además, conseguir que un sistema siga manteniendo un alto nivel de competitividad (entendido como mantener la calidad de las respuestas que da un sistema) agudiza más esta necesidad de dotar a las aplicaciones de mecanismos autónomos de adaptación a situaciones no completamente previstas en tiempo de diseño

  • SIMAC (IST-2.3.1.7 Semantic-based knowledge systems, web)

SIMAC (acronym for Semantic Interaction with Music Audio Contents) was the name of a project funded by the European Commission (number of contract: 507142; key action IST-2.3.1.7 Semantic-based knowledge systems). It started in January 2004 and finished in April 2006. SIMAC’s main task was the development of prototypes for the automatic generation of semantic descriptors and development of prototypes for exploration, recommendation, and retrieval. One special feature was the development and use of semantic descriptors. That is, ways to tag music that are close to the user’s way of describing its contents. We developed tools to be used by music consumers, music distributors, and music creators.

  • MagisterMusicae

The project is promoted by the Albéniz Foundation. The aim is to preserve the classes that take place each day at the Queen Sofía College of Music and make them accessible to a wider audience. In the year 2000, the Spanish Ministry for Science and Technology supported the project with a considerable donation under the aegis of the PROFIT programme. The resulting three years of research and development, which focused on the digitization, cataloguing, compression and high-quality broadcasting of the videos on the internet, gave rise to HTCMedia, a tool which manages large quantities of video information. This has been the cornerstone of the creation of Magister Musicae.

  • HARMOS (EDC 11189-HARMOS/2877)

HARMOS (European Multilingual Digital Data Collection for Multimedia Content in Music Heritage) is a project supported by the eCONTENT Programme (EDC 11189-HARMOS/2877, from 01/04/2004 to 31/03/2006) and coordinated by the Fundacion Albéniz. The aim of the project is the development of on-line educational materials based on video footage of masterclasses and music lessons in various European conservatoires. The project focused on music heritage and popular music in the context of eLearning, with the participation of renowned European music schools and national conservatories. OrbiTeam contributed a collaborative component used for annotating the digital content. Partners in HARMOS are the Fundacion Isaac Albeniz (FIA), the Music Technology Group (MTG) of Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona (UPF) and a number of European music schools (e.g. Staatliche Musikhochschule Stuttgart, Royal College of Music London).

  • CUIDADO (IST-1999-20194)

The CUIDADO Project (Content-based Unified Interfaces and Descriptors for Audio/music Databases available Online) aims at developing a new chain of applications through the use of audio/music content descriptors, in the spirit of the MPEG-7 standard. The project includes the design of appropriate description structures, the development of extractors for deriving high-level information from audio signals, and the design and implementation of two applications the Sound Palette and the Music Browser.

PhD Thesis direction/tutoring

  • Adrien Faure Carvallo. “Musica popular urbana y adolescencia: Identidades y modelos sonoros”. Societat i Cultura: Història, Antropologia, Arts, Patrimoni i Gestió Cultural. Universitat de Barcelona. June 2017.
  • Álvaro Sarasua. “Relations of music performance with expressiveness and emotion”. Information and communication technologies. Universitat Pompeu Fabra. September 2016.

Thesis evaluation

  • Sergio Iván Giraldo. “Computational modelling of expressive music performance in jazz guitar: a machine learning approach”. Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament de Tecnologies de la Informació i les Comunicacions, September 2016.
  • Stephan Kersten.  “Statistical modelling and resynthesis of environmental texture sounds”. Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament de Tecnologies de la Informació i les Comunicacions, February 2016.
  • Josep Maria Comajuncosas. “Assessing creativity in computer music ensembles: a computational approach”. Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament de Tecnologies de la Informació i les Comunicacions, January 2016.
  • Gerard Roma Trepat, “Algorithms and representations for supporting online music creation with large-scale audio databases”. Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament de Tecnologies de la Informació i les Comunicacions, June 2015. (web)
  • Lluís Nacenta, “A la escucha de la repetición musical”. Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament d’Humanitats, Dec 2014. (web)

Reviewer of the following events:

Member of the organization committee of the following events:

See my list of publications here.