Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
The Music Technology Group (MTG) of the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, is an important research group specialized in sound and music computing. Founded in 1994, it counts with more than 40 researchers coming from different and complementary disciplines. The MTG carries out research on topics such as audio signal processing, sound and music description, musical interfaces, sound and music communities, and performance modeling.
At Sónar+D they will show various demos and installations born from the research and teaching of music technology as well as products from some spin-off emerged from this research group. This projects will be available for experience them though new interactive tools, virtual singers, music systems to understand new perspectives, online composition soundscapes, among other technological developments related to the music and sound.
The nine projects they will show are the following:
R-Control is a tangible surface for controlling electronic instruments that seeks to bring closer the classical sounds of techno to live performance. It consists of a complete set of drum machines like the TR-909, polyphonic synthesizers and analog filters. Created by the postgraduate students of Design of Interactive Music Systems and Rodrigo Rammsy and Javier Aránega.
Pool of Sounds is an interactive installation controlled by water that enables the user to alter the music through Spektral Delay, an audio effect that separates the sound into multiple frequency bands. When you move it, it gives the sensation of water drops as if the music would have split into a thousand of pieces. And then, you can reconstitute it like calm water. Created by Verónica Vicente, a postgraduate student of Design of Interactive Music Systems.
LocoSonic is an app that allows to place sounds on a virtual map and compose immersive musical tracks to be experienced by others through location based mobile technology. Designed for musicians, bands, artists, sound designers, record labels, marketing experts, etc. Created by Samplecount.
Repovizz is an integrated online system capable of structural formatting and remote storage, browsing, exchange, annotation, and visualization of synchronous multi-modal, time-aligned data. Created by the Music Technology Group.
Virtual Singers (Voctro Labs) are the virtual singers developed by Voctro Labs, a spin-off of MTG, which specializes in audio and voice technologies for cinema, music, advertising and video games. Together with Yamaha Corp and MTG, they developed Vocaloid, which is software that synthesizes the singing voice, and a display of these singers can be seen in MarketLab.
idRadio is an interactive radio based on a web application. Using sounds recorded with young people from various cultural backgrounds in Barcelona, the composer Xavier Bofill offers us an interactive way of listening to and manipulating sounds.
ProtoLight is a platform for interactive lighting; different light surfaces can be created quickly and flexible thanks to light units controlled wirelessly. Facilitates the processes of calibration and content through mobile applications and computer. Users can design animations or interactive content on mobile devices, sensors, cameras, microphones, and other resources. At Sónar+D, ProtoLight will be displayed along with Reactable Live, offering an interactive experience based on music and large-scale displays. ProtoPixel is the area of interaction design Reactable Systems, spin off the Music Technology Group (UPF).
Draw it Yourself by Daniel Sanz and LaserHarp by Wardenclyffe are two emerged projects from the Postgraduate in Designing Interactive Music Systems that allow the public to interact with these curious instruments: a MIDI controller created with keys drawn on paper with conductive ink and a harp based laser lights that each ray of light is a different note.