Wednesday, 15 January 2014

The Samson Box and other stuff

The latest issue of Computer Music Journal is devoted to CCRMA's Samson Box real-time digital synthesizer, which was used in over 100 works from the late 1970s and early 1980s. One of them was the soundtrack to NASA's Mars in 3D film, which has been restored and released on Blu-ray recently. The score was composed by Michael McNabb and Bill Schottstaedt. There's an article on the restoration process, and the emulator used to recreate the Samson Box for the project is on GitHub. The film is available on Youtube.

I've written an article in Swedish on the archives related to EAM available at Statens musikverk (Music Development and Heritage Sweden). One can find it in Dokumenterat, no. 45. (There's also an older related blog post in English.)

Swedish composer Ragnar Grippe talks about his music from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and the 2010s.

Another Sten Hanson obituary by Kristoffer Westin (in Swedish).

The proceedings of SMC2013 (The Sound and Music Computing Conference, Stockholm 2013).

A 380-page report from the EU project COST (Cooperation of Science and Technical Research) Action TD0804 Soundscape of European Cities and Landscapes. The COST Soundscape project involves cultural, social and psychological as well as scientific aspects. In the report's abstract, the researchers conclude:
Reducing sound level, the focus of EU environmental noise policy, does not necessarily lead to improved quality of life in urban/rural areas, and a new multidisciplinary approach is essential. Soundscape research represents this paradigm shift as it involves not only physical measurements but also the cooperation of human/social sciences (e.g. psychology, sociology, architecture, anthropology, medicine), to account for the diversity of soundscapes across countries and cultures; and it considers environmental sounds as a 'resource' rather than a 'waste'.
Musicainformatica, a computer music blog by Alex Di Nunzio.

The Big MAT Book by Steve Travis Pope, courseware for multimedia engineering and audio software and hardware.

A tutorial in deep learning in music informatics.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Some links

R.I.P. Sten Hanson (1946-2013), composer, performance artist and poet. Ulf Stenberg remembers Sten in Tidningen Kulturen (Swedish only).

Flossmanuals has online manuals for Ardour, Audacity, Chuck, Csound, Fluxus, and Pure Data.

Musica/Tecnologia's latest issue is dedicated to the phase vocoder.

An International Archive of Sound Art.

The Montréal Sound Map.

Sound and wave animations from Music Science at UNSW.

The Musical Acoustics Research Library (MARL) contains digitised archive documents in musical acoustics. There are early papers and correspondence by James Beauchamp, Max Mathews, and Jean-Claude Risset, e.g. some documents pertaining to Rissets research on trumpet tones.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Various stuff

The new issue of Fylkingen's Hz journal (#18) contains several articles on sound art and electroacoustic music.

Uncollectable - April 2013 issue of ArteEeast journal covers Middle Eastern sound art.

Data Garden "is a journal, record label and events producer encouraging the discovery of electronic music through the windows of history, science and community."

Kunstradio - a Zürich sound art radio station.

Le Perce-oreilles - French sound art archive and web portal.

Saturday, 13 April 2013


George Tzanetakis has uploaded a 30 minute presentation with an overview of music information retrieval (MIR). It contains a good introduction to Fourier analysis and STFT. (On the same site, there is also a 18 minute tutorial by Meinard Mueller on chroma features.)

Tzanetakis' presentation spawned a small discussion on the MUSIC-IR list about the origins of the term MIR. The earliest use seems to have been at Princeton in the 1960s for a software package used in research on Josquin by Michael Kassler et al. (See Kassler, 1966, "Toward musical information retrieval", Perspectives of new music, vol. 4 (1966), no. 2, p. 59-67).

Before ISMIR started in 2000, some of the work on MIR was published in Computer music journal and the International Computer Music Conference proceedings (a search for retrieval results in about 370 matching papers from 1975 onward).

Friday, 29 March 2013

Some online journals etc.

The Experimental Music Yearbook "is a repository for composers, performers, and the public to glean the methods and styles of various artists working in the experimental music tradition".

Surround journal.

Ars Acustica – Audio Art – Klangkunst. Issue 4 (October 2012) of Act. Zeitschrift für Musik & Performance.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Call for papers: Journal of New Music Research - Special Issue on Music and Machine Learning

Machine learning has permeated nearly every area of music informatics, driven by a renewed interest in computational musicology, vast sources of music in digital audio formats, the steady increase in size and availability of symbolic corpora, and advances in semantic annotation of large audio collections.

To provide a collection of the highest quality contemporary work in machine learning and music, the Journal of New Music Research will host its second Special Issue on Music and Machine Learning.

Guest Editors: Darrell Conklin, José Manuel Iñesta, Rafel Ramirez

The manuscript submission deadline is July 1, 2013. Full details of the Call for Papers can be found at the following web page:

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Sound art in Kunstjournalen B-post

The latest issue of Kunstjournalen B-post, a Norwegian magazine on contemporary art, is devoted to sound and sound art. Most of the texts are available both in scandinavian languages and english.

The contributors are Anne Marthe Dyvi, Espen Sommer Eide, Mahlet Ogbe Habte, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Brandon LaBelle, Jørgen Larsson, Sissel Lillebostad, Trond Lossius, Nicholas Møllerhaug, Anne Hilde Neset, María Andueza Olmedo, Finnbogi Petursson, Carsten Seiffarth, Karen Skog, Roar Sletteland, Maia Urstad and Jana Winderen.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Call for Submissions - CMJ Special Issue: “Advances in the Design of Mapping for Computer Music”

Guest Editors: Marcelo M. Wanderley and Joseph Malloch
When we use digital tools for making music, the properties and parameters of both sound synthesizers and human interfaces have an abstract representation. One consequence of the digital nature of these signals and states is that gesture and action are completely separable from sound production, and must be artificially associated by the system designer in a process commonly called mapping.

The importance of mapping in digital musical instruments has been studied since the early 1990s, with several works discussing the role of mapping and many related concepts. Since roughly the mid-2000s, several tools have been proposed to facilitate the implementation of mappings, drastically reducing the necessary technical knowledge and allowing a large community to easily implement their ideas. Coupled with the availability of inexpensive sensors and hardware, as well as the emergence of a strong Do-It-Yourself community, the time seems right to discuss the main directions for research on mapping in digital musical instruments and interactive systems.
This call for submissions for a special issue of the Computer Music Journal focuses on recent developments and future prospects of mapping.
Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Mapping in instrument/installation/interaction design
  • Mapping concepts and approaches
  • Mapping tools
  • Evaluation methodologies
  • Mapping in/as composition
  • Mapping for media other than, or in addition to, sound
Deadline for paper submission is March 15, 2013. The issue will appear in 2014.

Submissions should follow all CMJ author guidelines (

Submissions and queries should be addressed to marcelo.wanderley(a), with the subject starting with [CMJ Mapping]

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

eOREMA journal call

"The eOREMA journal is a peer-reviewed scholarly arm of the OREMA (Online Repository for Electroacoustic Music Analysis) project ( that focuses on the analysis of electroacoustic music. The eOREMA journal will be an open access publication platform that accepts both articles that discuss analytical methodologies and analyses of electroacoustic music compositions in the broadest sense (which can range from acousmatic music to installations and electronica). We encourage both new and established researchers to contribute."

Deadline for paper submissions: Friday 4th of January 2013. More info

Thursday, 4 October 2012

New books and CDs in EMS' library

Many thanks to Andrés Lewin-Richter who has donated 21 CDs with Spanish contemporary and electroacoustic music to EMS' library:
  • Foro de comunicaciones electroacústicas. Vol II-III
  • ICMC 2005 : free sound
  • Balsach, Llorenç: Música concreta
  • Berenguer, José Manuel: On nothing
  • Brnčić, Gabriel: Barcelona: Músiques 1974-2011, Gabriel Brnčić
  • Callejo, Lluís: Lluís Callejo
  • Capdevila, Mercè: Zas : música vertical
  • Elvira, Julián: Obres per a flauta i electrònica
  • Ferrer, Carlos: Gil Obres per a trombó i electrònica
  • Giner, Xelo: Obres per a saxòfon i electrònica
  • Iglesias, Lito: Obres per a violoncel i electrònica
  • Jara, Jesús: Obres per a tuba i electrònica
  • Lewin-Richter, Andrés: Andrés Lewin-Richter 1-2
  • Padrós, David: Jo-ha-kyu
  • Parra, Hector: L’aube assaillie : música de cambra
  • Quadreny, Mestres: L’estro aleatorio
  • Ribera Torres, Manel: El món d’Ulisses
  • Rossinyol, Jordi: Lapsus : música de cambra
It's been a while since I reported new stuff, so many of the items below aren't really new anymore. Please note that many of our books (and a few CDs/DVDs) are available in the Music and theatre library catalogue. If you don't live in Stockholm, you can borrow an EMS book as an interlibrary loan ("fjärrlån", ask your local library).

New books
  • Black fat soil = Svart fet jord
  • Harmony and tonality : papers given at a seminar organized by the Music Acoustics Committee of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music
  • OEI nr 55 2011 : on tape
  • Kommentare zur neuen Musik, 1
  • Ackerfeldt, Carl: Depeche Mode : världens mest originella band?
  • Agostini, Luigi: Creating soundscapes
  • Aikin, Jim: Csound power! : the comprehensive guide
  • Anderberg, Carl-Olof: Hän mot en ljudkonst
  • Andersson, Kent: Tendenser inom den moderna musikelektronikkulturen
  • Arrhenius, Sara & Bergh, Magnus: Resan till månen = A trip to the moon
  • Asplund, Pär: Analoga modulära synthesizers : diskussioner kring design
  • Bijsterveld, Karin & Dijck, José van (ed.): Sound souvenirs : audio technologies, memory and cultural practices
  • Breatnach, Mary: Boulez and Mallarmé : a study in poetic influence
  • Bucht, Gunnar: Född på Krigsstigen : minnesbilder, människor, musik
  • Butler, Mark J. (ed.): Electronica, dance and club music
  • Clarke, Eric F. & Emmerson, Simon (ed.): Music, mind and structure
  • Crook, Tim: Radio drama : theory and practice
  • Danchev, Alex (ed.): 100 artists' manifestos
  • Documenta (13 : 2012 : Kassel, Germany): Das Begleitbuch = The guidebook
  • Dolk, Kalle & Ottem, Bernt Johan: Musik & data
  • Duncan, John: John Duncan : Los Angeles, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Scrutto
  • Electroacoustic Music Studies Conference: Sforzando! : June 14-18, 2011, New York City
  • Eriksson, Michael: Jean-Michel Jarre : musiken 1976-1986
  • Eriksson, Michael: Play it again, SID : datorspelsmusiken för Commodore 64
  • Escrivan Rincón, Julio d': Music technology
  • Freedman, Camilla: Elektronmusikprojektet på Kärsbyskolan : 1986-1989
  • Grundmann, Heidi: Re-inventing radio : aspects of radio as art
  • Gärdenfors, Dan: Towards musical hypermedia : an investigation of the possibilities of non-sequential music
  • Hambraeus, Bengt: Aspects of twentieth century performance practice : memories and reflections
  • Hansson, Olof: Efva Lilja och musiken : en studie av Efva Liljas arbete med musik och tonsättare i produktionen Byen Viso
  • Harper, Adam: Infinite music : imagining the next millennium of human music-making
  • Hein, Folkmar & Seelig, Thomas: Internationale Dokumentation elektroakustischer Musik = International documentation of electroacoustic music
  • Holmes, Thom: Electronic and experimental music : technology, music, and culture (4th ed.)
  • Kiefer, Peter (ed.): Klangräume der Kunst
  • Klanten, Robert ; Ehmann, Sven & Hanschke, Verena: A touch of code : interactive installations and experiences
  • LaBelle, Brandon & Martinho, Cláudia (ed.): Site of sound #2 : of architecture and the ear
  • LaBelle, Brandon & Migone, Christof (ed.): Writing aloud : the sonics of language
  • Lidbo, Håkan & Lidbo, Johan: Spelskalle : 60 spel med vardagslivet som insats
  • Machado, Penousal ; Romero, Juan & Carballal, Adrian (ed.): Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design : First International Conference, EvoMUSART 2012. Proceedings
  • McAdams, Stephen: Music and psychology : a mutual regard
  • Migone, Christof: Christof Migone : sound voice perform
  • Millroth, Thomas: Man får förlora sig
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Roskilde: Simple interactions : sound art from Japan : September 24th - December 18th 2011
  • Nordeson, Kjell: Cage och Fylkingen
  • Nylén, Magnus: Fluxus och den experimentella musiken
  • Nyström, Lars-Olof: Digital kreativitet : bland låtskrivare, digitala pirater, tonsättare, hemstudiopulare, musiker, kompositörer och deras maskiner
  • Olofsson, Charlie (ed.): Musik och genus : röster om normer, hierarkier och förändring
  • Olofsson, Martin: De futuristiska musikerna och Einstürzende Neubauten : en jämförelse av bullerestetik
  • Olsson, Erik: David Tudor och kompositörens nya roller
  • Paulsson, Johanna: Avantgardistisk musik & äcklandets estetik : en musiksociologiskt inriktad studie av de provokativa dragen hos Throbbing Gristle
  • Perle, George: Serial composition and atonality : an introduction to the music of Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern
  • Perrine, Jake: Producing music with Ableton Live 8
  • Perrine, Jake: Sound design, mixing, and mastering with Ableton Live
  • Peters Deniz ; Eckel, Gerhard & Dorschel, Andreas (ed.): Bodily expression in electronic music : perspectives on reclaiming performativity
  • Ptak, Anna (ed.): Re-tooling residences : a closer look at the mobility of art professionals
  • Schafer, R. Murray: The new soundscape : a handbook for the modern music teacher
  • Schnupp, Jan ; Nelken, Israel & King, Andrew: Auditory neuroscience : making sense of sound
  • Stockhausen, Karlheinz: Texte ... Bd 1-4
  • Stravinskij, Igor & Craft, Robert: Samtal med Stravinskij. 2
  • Strohecker, Nino: Victims : a film
  • Sverige. Utredningen om en nationell musikplattform: I samspel med musiklivet : en ny nationell plattform för musiken : slutbetänkande
  • Ternhag, Gunnar & Wingstedt, Johnny: På tal om musikproduktion : elva bidrag till ett nytt kunskapsområde
  • Thomas, Ernst (ed.): Darmstädter Beiträge zur Neuen Musik 1961
  • Thyrén, David: Brian Eno : en undersökning av Enos musik
  • Törnblom, Folke H.: Att läsa partitur
  • Zorn, John (ed.): Arcana V : music, magic and mysticism
New CDs and DVDs
  • Cache 2005
  • Cache 2006
  • Computer music journal : sound and video anthology. Volume 35, 2011
  • Cage, John: Variations VII (9 evenings : theatre and engineering)
  • Petersson, Mattias: Floodlight
  • Rauschenberg, Robert: Open score (9 evenings : theatre and engineering)
  • Tudor, David: Bandoneon ! : (a combine) (9 evenings : theatre and engineering)
 (The full catalogue can be found here: