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University of Plymouth
206 Smeaton Building
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Plymouth PL4 8AA
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1752 232579

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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)

[Click here for Job Vacancies and PhD Scholarships]

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.

 

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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.


ICCMR research into Music Neurotechnology is hot topic in BBC Radio 4s The World at One programme

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Prof E Miranda explains how he combined Beethoven with Neuroscience to compose his new symphony.


Music and Artificial Intelligence work developed at ICCMR is hot topic in BBC TV 2 Dara O Briains Science Club programme

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Alexis Kirke explains to Dara OBriain how artificial agents can evolve music.


ICCMR research into Music and Artificial Intelligence has been featured on Deutschlandradio Kultur (Germany National Culture Radio)

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Prof E Miranda was special guest on Breitband, a cultural programme on media and digital culture. [listen online]


ICCMR teams up with Barclays to compose Open Outcry, a reality opera about the stock market

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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]


1st AISB Symposium on Music and Unconventional Computing

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Part of the AISB Annual Convention, organised by the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB), this workshop will discuss ways in which unconventional modes of computation may provide new directions for future developments in Computer Music. The workshop will be co-chaired by ICCMR's head of research, Professor Eduardo Miranda and Professor Andy Adamatzky of the Unconventional Computing Centre, UWE.

The convention will be held at the University of Exeter, UK, on April 2nd-5th.
emps.exeter.ac.uk/computer-science/research/aisb/

The call for papers is now closed. Further details are available here.
[read more]


Sound-Wave premiere at Plymouth Marine Institute

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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

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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]


New book edited by Alexis Kirke and Eduardo Miranda is published by Springer

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"This unique guide/reference presents a broad overview of the work being carried out by the expanding research community dedicated to investigating computer systems for expressive music performance (CSEMPs), covering a significant number of the systems available today. The book discusses all aspects of computing for expressive performance, from the history of CSEMPs to the very latest research, in addition to discussing the fundamental ideas, and key issues and directions for future research." (W Wheeler, Senior Editor, Springer). Read more


Symphony of Minds Listening project has been featured in Wired

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Symphony of Minds Listening is an artistic demonstration of how the brain constructs reality. The composition will based on the fMRI scans taken from 3 people while they listened to the second movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. This is part of a project ICCMR is developing with Dr Dan Lloyd (Trinity College, Connecticut, USA) and Dr Zoran Josipovic (New York University, USA), aimed at a the development of methods for decoding a person's brain activity to determine what that person is listening. Photo: Prof Miranda, Prof Josipovic and Prof Lloyd at the fMRI scan facility in New York. [read more]


ICCMR new multi-million pound headquarters has been announced

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The University's new performing arts centre building, which will support Plymouth as the cultural hub of the South West, is due to be inaugurated in the Spring of 2014.


ICCMR composer has been awarded a prize in Hamburg

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PhD candidate, Christian Dimpker, has won the award Klangradar 3000 of the Tonali composition competition in Hamburg, Germany.


ICCMR’s Brain-Computer Music Interface breakthrough
hits the news worldwide

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Leading news article in Nature by Philip Ball.

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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.

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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

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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.


Our innovative research activity is often featured in the international press.

[Click here] to read Nigel Morgan's review in Computer Music Journal of the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival, which took place in Plymouth, in February 2006.

Other news:

Waggle Dance for strings and the Soundwall was recently premiered by Heritage Orchestra at the Science Museum in London.

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Joel Eaton performed his ground-breaking new composition The Warren live at the Arnolfini, Bristol, using BCMI technology developed at ICCMR. The Warren is Joel’s final project for his MRes Computer Music degree.

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Noris Mohd Norowi, PhD Candidate at the ICCMR, wins the Best Poster prize awarded by The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation Behaviour at the Postgraduate Conference for Computing: Application and Theory 2012 conference.

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Alexis Kirke’s performance of Cloud Chamber at Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival is hot topic in New Scientist.

 

PhD candidate Hanns Holger Rutz presented a new generative sound installation ('Writing Machine') at the SONICA Festival Ljubljana.

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Issue 28(3) of Contemporary Music Review on “Exploring Music Through Neuroscience” co-edited by Prof E Miranda is now available from Routledge.

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Live electronic piece ‹Inter-Play/Re-Sound›

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This new piece by PhD student Hanns Holger Rutz for amplified broken piano has been premiered at this year's Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival. [Click here] for more information.

ICCMR's research into Brain-Computer Music Interfacing hits the news in Italy.

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Available is a movie [click here] and an article [click here]

Issue 28(2) of Contemporary Music Review “Aesthetic Decisions in Computer-aided Composition” is now available from Routledge.

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Anna Troisi presented ICCMR work in the field of music technology in education at Vatican Radios conference on musical creation by children and teenagers in the digital age.

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EU-funded project: E-Motion (Electronic Music and use of ICT for Young at Risk of Exclusion).

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EU Project: Emergent Cognition through
Active Perception (EmCAP)

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MRes Computer Music student, Peter Votava, has recently performed with his Heart Chamber Orchestra at the festival Musikprotokoll im Steirischen Herbst, in Graz, Austria.

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ICCMR is proud of another successful PhD Accomplishment.

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Dr Leandro Costalonga has recently been awarded a PhD for his thesis: "Biomechanical Modelling of Musical Performance: A Case Study of the Guitar".

 

The Faraday 2008 lectures by the Institute of Engineering and Technology on the theme of Technology for Life [Video Link] [How it works]

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EPSRC project:
Learning the Structure of Music (Le StruM)

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Digital Music Research Network
UK Research Roadmap

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Demo movie of the robotic evolution of music

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Prof Eduardo Miranda has recently been awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s World Class Research Award 2011.

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“Eduardo Miranda has made an outstanding contribution to the research and outward-facing agenda of this institution.”


 

Dr Alexis Kirke has recently won the Vice-Chancellor’s Community Engagement Award 2011 with his Drive-in-Deco project.

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Drive-in Deco was a 2011 site-specific hi-tech multi-media drama which offered social opportunities for the people who live locally, took place in a rundown area of Plymouth and attracted huge media interest and large audiences.

 

Sound installation ‹Dissemination›
by PhD student Hanns Holger Rutz

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This collaboration with installation artist Nayarí Castillo has been presented at the SuperCollider Symposium 2010 in Berlin and at Gallery ESC im Labor in Graz. [Click here] for more information.

 

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