ICMC papers

My paper entitled “Using motiongrams in the study of musical gestures” was accepted to ICMC 06 in New Orleans. The abstract is:

Navigating through hours of video material is often time-consuming, and it is similarly difficult to create good visualization of musical gestures in such a material. Traditional displays of time-sampled video frames are not particularly useful when studying single-shot studio recordings, since they present a series of still images and very little movement related information. We have experimented with different types of motion displays, and present how we use motiongrams in our study of musical gestures.

And a paper entitled “Using a polhemus liberty electromagnetic tracker for gesture control of spatialization” which I co-wrote with Mark Marshall, Nils Peters, Julien Boissinot and Marcelo Wanderley at McGill was also accepted. The abstract of that one is:

This paper presents our current approach in using a Polhemus Liberty electromagnetic tracker for controlling spatialization in a performance setup for small ensemble. We are developing a Gesture Description Interchange Format (GDIF) to standardize the way gesture-related information is stored and shared in a networked computer setup. Examples are given of our current GDIF namespace, the gesture tracking subsystem developed to use this namespace and patches written to control spatialization and mapping using gesture data.

NIME 06 – IRCAM – Paris

I also recently got to know that two papers I have been co-authoring have been accepted to NIME in Paris. One is called “Towards a Coherent Terminology and Model of Instrument Description and Design” and the other “Towards a Gesture Description Interchange Format”. The idea in the latter is to develop a set of gestural descriptors as a GDIF to match the Sound Description Interchange Format (SDIF) which has been around for some years.

The 2006 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression is the 6th conference on new musical interface design and technology following the initial NIME workshop at CHI 2001. Since then, international conferences have been held in Dublin, Montreal, Hamamatsu, and Vancouver.

This year, the conference is hosted by IRCAM – Centre Pompidou, in Paris from June 4-8 2006 in collaboration with the MINT/OMF of the Sorbonne University. Including workshops and a special session, the conference spans over five days. During this period, research papers, demos, performances and interactive installations will be presented, covering state-of-the-art and emerging technologies in the field of musical interfaces and instruments.

The conference will be held in conjunction with IRCAM’s annual Festival of Performing Arts Agora and the Music Technology Convention RĂ©sonances, joined for the first time in 2006 to form a single event running from June 1st to June 17th.

NIME 06 will provide a unique opportunity to confer with an interdisciplinary audience of artists, scientists and technologists on the latest developments in musical interface design and musical expression. The meeting will also offer the possibility to network with a flourishing local scene of interface and instrument makers, research labs, and computer music institutions.