SenseStage Workshop Blog

From a project I work on:

The SenseStage Workshop Blog

The SenseStage workshop is meant to bring together people from different disciplines (dance, theatre, sound, video, light) and cooperate in a collaborative environment with interactive technologies. The workshop will take place in the Hexagram BlackBox, a special, configurable room equipped with a full set of theatre lights. Furthermore a multichannel sound setup and video equipment will be available. Last but not least, a set of sensor devices with sensors will be available for use during this workshop.

Is research in your future?

Look at the bottom of the poster on the left…

The “Is research in your future” tag line is attached to the Gyrotyre, a DMI created by Elliot Sinyor in the IDMIL. Marcelo Wanderley (my PhD advisor) is holding it, and Stephen McAdams and I are holding T-Sticks. The pic is from last year’s event; another one made it to the McGill home page:


Most of my PhD work takes place in the Input Device and Music Interaction Laboratory (IDMIL), but the lab and I are also affiliated with another institution: the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology

CIRMMT is a multi-disciplinary research group centred at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.  It unites researchers and their students from three Quebec institutions – McGill University (Faculties of Music, Science, Engineering, Education and Medicine), l’Université de Montréal (Faculté de musique, Faculté des arts & des sciences), and l’Université de Sherbrooke (Faculté de génie).  The CIRMMT community also includes administrative and technical staff, research associates, visiting scholars, musicians, and industrial associates.  CIRMMT occupies a unique position on the international stage having developed intense research partnerships with other academic and research institutions, as well as diverse industry partners throughout the world.

The CIRMMT community is interested in interdisciplinary research related to the creation of music in the composer’s or performer’s mind, the performance of music, its recording and/or transmission, and the reception of music by the listener. It is also interested in the ways in which vision, haptics and touch interact with music and sound.  CIRMMT seeks to develop innovative approaches to the scientific study of music media and technology, to promote the application of newer technologies in science and the creative arts, and to provide an advanced research training environment.

I noticed the other day that CIRMMT added some pretty pictures to their website, including shots of my digital musical instrument the T-Stick:

And here’s the pic from their research page, with more T-Stick shots and another IDMIL project involving motion-capture of violists.

TIEM database online

The online database for the Taxonomy of Realtime Interfaces for Electronic Music Performance project is now online. It currently includes information on 45 interfaces and instruments submitted to their online survey. From the website:

We are interested in exploring the practice and application of new interfaces for real-time electronic music performance. This research is part of an Australian Research Council Linkage project titled “Performance Practice in New Interfaces for Realtime Electronic Music Performance.”

This research is being carried out at VIPRE MARCS Auditory Laboratories, the University of Western Sydney in partnership with EMF, Infusion Systems and The Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory (IDMIL) at McGill University.

Another T-Stick video

Since some of my project documentation videos are longer than 10 minutes (the cutoff for YouTube), I created an IDMIL account on Vimeo, where the only limit is to stay under 500MB/week of uploaded material. The uploading interface is very nice, and I think the videos look way better…

Here’s a slightly old video: Brazilian percussionist Fernando Rocha playing the original T-Stick prototype during his first doctoral lecture-recital at McGill. The year is 2006‚ the composition is The One, by D. Andrew Stewart.

Unfortunately I used up most of those 500MB with this video, so I have to wait a week before adding another. We’ll also keep the YouTube account, since their community/user base is rather huge 🙂

The Long and the Short of It

Back in March, the McGill Digital Orchestra Project culminated in the performance of new works for digital musical instruments at the MusiMars Contemporary Music Festival in Montréal. One of the pieces, Heather Hindman’s The Long and the Short of It, took the form of three miniatures (two duets and a trio) for cello, T-Box, and Rulers.

Unfortunately, since YouTube does not allow uploading videos longer than 10 minutes, I had to cut between the second and third miniatures and present two videos. Here’s the first one:

The second part can be viewed on the IDMIL YouTube page