University of Plymouth
Paving the Way for Tomorrow’s Music
"In addition to enjoying an excellent and affordable quality of life in the South West of England, post-graduate students and research staff at Plymouth have access to well equipped studios, an open plan lab with exciting kit, annual research seminar series and a vibrant contemporary music community." (Prof E Miranda, Head of ICCMR)
The relationship between the people who make music happen and computing technologies is pivotal for the future of the music industry.
Computing technology is becoming increasingly ubiquitous in all aspects of music. Smart sound design and synthetic music pervades a wide range of creative practices, from avant-garde contemporary music to entertainment media for mass consumption. Computer technologies are having a profound impact on how music is studied, composed, performed, listened to, stored and distributed. For instance, software sound synthesis techniques offer musicians the possibility of creating bespoke digital musical instruments capable of producing an unprecedented range of novel sounds; and Artificial Intelligence techniques allow for the design of sophisticated composition methods that would have been impossible to conceive otherwise.
ICCMR is affiliated to the University’s Centre for Research in the Humanities, Music and Performing Arts (HuMPA) and to the Cognition Institute. It offers a number of unprecedented opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary research with Theatre, Dance, Psychology and Neuroscience. The impact of ICCMR's groundbreaking research has been reported in Nature, BBC Radio 3, BBC World Service, CNN, Wired, Gramophone, News Scientist and The Telegraph, to cite but a few. The Centre has an excellent funding track record, with over £2.5m raised to fund its research within the last few years.
Masters course in Computer Music - [Click here for more information]
Research into computing at the University of Plymouth has been recently rated as of world leading standards in the recent evaluation of UK academia (RAE2008). Overall, 100% of the research was judged as being of international repute, with 25% of work recognised as of world leading value. This puts Plymouth among the top 15 UK universities for computer science and informatics research.
The ICCMR offers postgraduate research opportunities at both Masters and Doctoral levels in computer music, music technology, and computer assisted composition. The ICCMR is also engaged in knowledge transfer with the undergraduate provision in Music Technology at Plymouth University. Find out more about undergraduate music technology here.
Brain controlled drum machine
Joybeat is a hybrid brain-computer music, developed by PhD candidate Joel Eaton. Joel presented this system at the 9th Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology in Berlin. Click here to watch the full video.
ICCMR bio-computer featured in BBC News
ICCMR to host major international conference on 16-19 June 2015
The 11th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR) Music, Mind, and Embodiment will take place in Plymouth, UK on 16-19 June 2015. The symposium will include a series of concerts, a satellite workshop on Music Neurotechnology, and an unforgettable boat cruise. Read more about the main conference here, and the satellite workshop here.
BioMusic is the theme of 2015 Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival
The Festival will explore new music inspired by, and even created by, biological processes. They include a biocomputer that can play the piano, an audio-visual representation of Motor Neurone Disease and a composition for saxophone and electronics charting the evolution of humpback whale song. [read more]
New book on Brain-Computer Music Interfacing featuring ICCMR authors is published
This Guide to Brain-Computer Music Interfacing (BCMI) presents a world-class collection of BCMI tools with which adventurous explorers may pursue practical and propositional models in music neurotechnology. The text focuses on how these tools enable the extraction of meaningful control information from brain signals, and discusses how to design effective generative music techniques that respond to this information. [read more]
BBC News highlights the performance of Activating Memory at Music Tech Festival
ICCMR's brain-computer music interfacing technology developed by PhD candidate, Joel Eaton, and Prof Eduardo Miranda, is one of the main highlights of Music Tech Festival, held recently at LSO St Luke's, London. Click here to watch the BBC report from the festival.
ICCMR working alongside BBC on new project EAR: Environments for Alzheimer's friendly Radio
EAR will develop radio broadcasts which are more understandable and user-friendly for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Click here to listen to the BBC interview with Dr Kirke
Joel Eaton performs Flex at Liverpool's FACT
As part of the Syndrome program of events based around ideas of control Joel Eaton of the ICCMR sperforms his piece Flex using his brain-computer music interface (BCMI) technology.
Unfolding | Clusters premieres at UCLA Art|Sci center, California
ICCMR researcher Federico Visi premieres Unfolding|Clusters at the UCLA Art|Sci center in Los Angeles as part of an international collaboration with the David Geffen School of Medicine, the Dipartimento di Scienze Mediche e Chirugiche, Bologna Italy, and the ICCMR, supported by the Santander Postgraduate Internationalisation Scholarship. [read more]
Alexis Kirke invited to Tel Aviv to Speak
ICCMR Research Fellow Dr Alexis Kirke was an invited speaker at the opening of Print Screen Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel, which also screened the ICCMR short film 'many worlds' as part of the festival. The visit was covered by the Jerusalem Post, Tel Aviv Channel 10 TV, and Ha-aretz.
ICCMR and NOTAM collaboration
ICCMR is collaborating with NOTAM (Norwegian Center for Technology in Music and the Arts) in Oslo, to develop algorithms to compose music with brain data. Read more on the NOTAM webpages here.
Groundbreaking Music Neurotechnology project featured on BBC News Channel and BBC World News
Prof Eduardo Miranda and ICCMR engineer Joel Eaton demonstrate the Brain-Computer Music Interfacing system behind the composition "Activating Memory" for string quartet and BCMI quartet. Read more on the BBC webpages here.
ICCMR's analogue synth guru David Bessell and his band Node return with their first new release since 1995
The new CD features what is quite possibly the largest collection of vintage analogue equipment that has been assembled in a studio in recent times.
ICCMR's ground-breaking research featured at IRCAM
Prof Eduardo Miranda delivers a Research and Creativity Seminar at IRCAM, Centre Pompidou, Paris, on "Blurring the line between Musical Creativity and Scientific Development with Music Neurotechnology”
New performance of "Symphony of Minds Listening" at La Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille
Eduardo Miranda’s “Symphony of Minds Listening” was performed at La Friche la Belle de Mai on 17 October in Marseille, France, by Orchestre de la Cité de la Musique de Marseille, under the baton of conductor Bernard Amrani. For more information on the symphony click here.
New performance of "Cloud Chamber": A Duet for Violin and Subatomic Particles, at California Academy of Sciences
Dr Alexis Kirke was invited by Stanford University to perform at the "Lepton-Photon 2013" conference at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco USA. Further details and a video of the performance are available here.
ICCMR research into Music Neurotechnology is hot topic in BBC Radio 4’s The World at One programme
Prof E Miranda explains how he combined Beethoven with Neuroscience to compose his new symphony.
ICCMR research into Music and Artificial Intelligence has been featured on Deutschlandradio Kultur (Germany National Culture Radio)
ICCMR teams up with Barclays to compose Open Outcry, a reality opera about the stock market
Created by ICCMR composer Alexis Kirke and Dr Greg B Davies, Head of Behavioural and Quantitative Finance at Barclays, ‘Open Outcry’ is a musical performance that is created by the ebb and flow of emotion and money on a stock trading floor. [Click for article in The Telegraph]
Sound-Wave premiere at Plymouth Marine Institute
Sound-Wave, in which Alexis Kirke (ICCMR Research Fellow) and Samuel Freeman turned a swimming-pool sized research wave-tank at Plymouth Marine Institute into a musical instrument, has been featured internationally in the press including the Daily Mail and Classical Music in the UK, and various media in Australia, China, India, USA, Indonesia, and the Czech Republic. Before the performance Alexis met the Duke of Edinburgh, who was opening the new Marine Building which the performance celebrated, to explain how the music was created.
New EPSRC-funded project will examine the impact of music on our emotions
The BCMI-MIdAS (Brain-Computer Music Interface for Monitoring and Inducing Affective States) is a collaborative project between the Universities of Plymouth and Reading, funded by two 54-month EPSRC grants. The central purpose of the project is to develop technology for building innovative intelligent systems that can monitor our affective state, and induce specific affective states through music, automatically and adaptively. [read more]
ICCMR’s Brain-Computer Music Interface breakthrough
Leading news article in Nature by Philip Ball.
ICCMR is a pioneer of Music Neurotechnology, which is a new field at the crossroads of biomedical engineering and music technology. Featured on CNN Labs.
ICCMR’s system developed in collaboration with engineers at the University of Essex is reported in Wired.
ICCMR’s work is featured at Electronica III in London
Charles Hazlewood conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra’s performance of “Sacra Conversazione” by Eduardo Miranda at Electronica III, presented by Jarvis Cocker.
Mozart Mash-up by ICCMR composers for BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Radio 3
As part of BBC Radio 3's The Genius of Mozart season, the BBC Concert Orchestra set a challenge to ICCMR composers and members of the public.
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