Re: hci, music, feedback

Subject: Re: hci, music, feedback
From: Greg Eustace (
Date: Fri Sep 23 2005 - 10:50:16 EDT

The Music Tech. Dept. at McGill (here in Montreal) has an HCI lab with lots of
hi-tech equipment, research being done and courses being taught. This is at the
graduate level, so you would have to apply for the Masters in Music Tech. to
access. Marcelo Wanderley heads the research in this area at McGill.
Applications for next year are due in Decemeber.

Quoting Damian Stewart <>:

> hello everyone,
> i'm going through something of a
> what-on-earth-am-i-going-to-do-with-myself-next-year phase at the moment.
> my preferred option at the moment is something involving electronic
> music, performance and/or composition, coupled with computer
> programming. in particular, i'm wanting to develop a system based on
> digital feedback that simultaneously allows subtle control over evolving
> feedback soundscapes, and dramatic control over the overall 'sound'.
> As an example, I currently use Ableton Live - I set up feedback loops on
> the send channels and then using resampling give myself the ability to
> kill the feedback system, while keeping the sound feeling continuous,
> thenbdramaticallybmanipulate that using Live's envelope editing system.
> What would be much more ideal for my purposes is if I could do
> everything in the context of the feedback systems - in other words, I
> would like not to have to go through the 'resampling' step, but to be
> able to apply something that gives the same kind of radical control over
> the sound output that I get using the enveloping system and Live's (2D
> mouse-controlled) eq unit, directly in the feedback system. (Imagine
> having Live-like control envelopes that are able to feed back control
> data onto themselves, for example).
> Shortly I'm going to blow my windows system away and put lovely geeky
> open source stuff on it, and then get to work programming anyway,
> income/university support or no. What would be super ideal is a
> university environment in which to do this 'properly' come next year.
> I'm about to graduate with a BSc in computer science, and I am currently
> doing a little study in electroacoustic music (though only to second
> year level), so a music/computer science interdisciplinary approach
> seems like a good move (but then of course there's the tricky question
> of which side of the equation I focus on, music or computers... )
> So what I'd like to know is this: are there any HCI (human-computer
> interaction) labs or departments in New Zealand or Australia (ideally
> New Zealand) that deal with this sort of thing? I'm open to travelling
> overseas as well, of course, it's just that that takes money and money
> is something i don't have :)
> aroha
> d


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