Monday, 1 February 2010

"Sound is Motion" symposium and doctoral thesis defence

KTH, Stockholm, Sweden, February 11-12

A symposium entitled "Sound is Motion" will be held on February 11, in connection to Kjetil Falkenberg Hansen's doctoral thesis defence on February 12. Both events take place at the Department for Speech, Music and Hearing, KTH, in Stockholm, and are open for all, and if you happen to be around Stockholm at the time, you are very welcome to participate.

"Sound is Motion" symposium, February 11, 14:00

Sound is usually the result of actions, such as body gestures or mechanical movements. Therefore sound is closely related to motion. Humans are very sensitive to variations of the acoustical signal in the time-frequency plane, making it possible to discriminate between body gestures even in sound.

In recent years, significant advances have been made in the study and development of techniques for musical motion data analysis and motion capture. In general, body gestures allow expressive control in sound production, and interpretation of gestures enables the extraction of the expressive content in human continuous actions.

In the "Sound is Motion" symposium, six experts will tackle the field of Sound and Motion from different perspectives. The symposium starts at 14:00. Place: Room Fantum, Department for Speech, Music and Hearing, KTH, in Stockholm.

"The acoustics and performance of DJ scratching" PhD defence, February 12, 10:00
Kjetil Falkenberg Hansen will defend his thesis "The acoustics and performance of DJ scratching. Analysis and modeling". This thesis focuses on the analysis and modeling of scratching, in other words, the DJ (disk jockey) practice of using the turntable as a musical instrument. Scratching has developed to become a skillful instrument-playing practice with complex musical output. The impact on popular music culture has been significant, and for many, the DJ set-up of turntables and a mixer is now a natural instrument choice for undertaking a creative music activity. Six papers are included in the thesis, where the first three approach the acoustics and performance of scratching, and the second three approach scratch modeling and the DJ interface.

The defense starts at 10:00. Place: Room F2, Lindstedtsvägen 26, KTH, Stockholm

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