Semantics and Audio
The 1st Workshop on Learning the Semantics of Audio Signals (LSAS) was held on 6 December 2006 as part of the 1st International Conference on Semantics and Digital Media Technology (SAMT) in Athens, Greece. The goal of the workshop was to address the issues that arise in indexing and searching the ever-growing personal and public collections of music. A key topic was mappings between low-level MPEG-7 features, and high-level contextual interpretations. Other areas covered included searching by example, models of music and perception, and the representation of linguistic descriptions of music.
Web: irgroup.cs.uni-magdeburg.de/ lsas2006/index.html
Audio and Music Computing for Multimedia
An all-day workshop on Audio and Music Computing for Multimedia was held 27 October 2006 during the ACM Multimedia 2006 conference in Santa Barbara, California. The workshop was specifically designed to address the estrangement between the audio and music research communities and the multimedia communities. Xavier Amatriain, Elaine Chew, and Jonathan Foote chaired the workshop, which included contributions from Lawrence Rabiner, Malcolm Slaney, Shlomo Dubnov, Jay Kuo, Jonathan Berger, and others. Karlheinz Brandenburg, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology, was invited to deliver the keynote address.
Web: www.create.ucsb.edu/ amcmm06
The Konnexions Festival, in association with Real Art-Time, was held on 29–30 September 2006 in Marseilles, France. The goal of this second annual Konnexions event was to bring music together in new ways. Thus the series presented four duets of artists performing together for the first time, and combined spatialized electronic and electroacoustic music with improvisational music. A new acousmonium multichannel sound system designed by Real Art-Time was used for diffusion.
Web: a-tr.9online.fr/konnexions .htm
Akousma(3) in Montreal
Akousma(3), a five-day festival of electroacoustic music, was held on 31 October–4 November 2006 in Montreal, Canada. The program included acousmatic music, mixed instrumental and electronic music, and video music. Different artists were featured on different evenings including Elio Martusciello, Francis Dhomont, Ludger Brümmer , and Christian Calon, and a final evening featured the Quasar saxophone quartet. Acousma(3) was also the occasion for presenting works by the winners of the 2006 SOCAN Hugh Le Caine competition for young Canadian composers.
Web: www.rien.qc.ca/serie.e/ a3.html
JTTP 2006 Winners Announced
The Jeu de temps (Time Play, or JTTP) is a project of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community for en couraging and promoting young Canadian sound artists. The winners of their annual competition for 2006 were Priscille Gendron for Camill, Raphaël Néron-B. for Toons, Yota Kobayashi for Reminiscence, Stefan Kozminchuk for The mind is the voice, and Myriam Hamer-Lavoie for Et pluie soufflé. An electronic periodical, eContact!, lists jury members and contains program notes and sound files for all the submissions. Information about the 2007 competition can also be found on the Web site.
Música Viva Festival and Competition
The 2006 Música Viva Festival took place 23–27 October 2006 in Lisbon, Portugal. The themes of the festival were Intersections of New Musical Languages and Aesthetics, and Metamorphosis of Contemporary Musical Creation. A wide range of events comprised the festival including the Electroacoustic Theatre aimed at children, many premier performances, commissioned works, and an annual competition award ceremony.
The results of the 7th Música Viva Electroacoustic Composition were announced and winning compositions were performed at the festival. The prize winners were Manuella Blackburn for the piece Casual Impacts, Thomas Peter for neugut.rand, and Ingrid Obled for Si Je Regarde. Mentions were also given to Thanos Chrysakis for Nekyomanteion, and Peter V. Swendsen for Song for Circular Space (Sch.).
The festival and competition are organized by Miso Music Portugal, and the jury for the 2006 competition [End Page 7] consisted of Morton Subotnick, François Bayle, and Miguel Azguime.
The third Mid-autumn Harvest Moon Festival and Symposium was hosted by Concordia University in Montreal 20–22 September 2006. Some of the multichannel electro-acoustic works used the Butterfly Installation Instrument for diffusion. The Butterfly is a 10.2 system...