Friday: Collision of Music and Games

2012dainandyoungmoo300x225Some of the most intriguing games involve sound-based play; these sessions are about music that goes beyond the soundtrack to become an integral element of the user interaction. We have joined with several expert organizations to explore the current state of knowledge in this area.This track will take place at the ExCITe Center, 3401 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


10:00-10:45AM KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Youngmoo KimYoungmoo Kim

Youngmoo Kim is Director of the ExCITe Center and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University. He received his Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab and also holds Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Music (Vocal Performance Practice) from Stanford University as well undergraduate degrees in Engineering and Music from Swarthmore College. His research group, the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab) pursues machine understanding of sound, interfaces and robotics for expressive interaction, and K-12 outreach for engineering education. He co-chaired the 2008 International Conference on Music Information Retrieval and was invited by the National Academy of Engineering to co-organize the “Engineering and Music” session for the 2010 Frontiers of Engineering conference. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Knight Foundation. Youngmoo has performed with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, American Musical Theater of San Jose, and SpeakEasy Stage Company (Boston) and is a member of Opera Philadelphia’s American Repertoire Council.

10:45-11:30AM TERESA NAKRATeresaMN

Dr. Teresa Marrin Nakra, Associate Professor of Music at The College of New Jersey, is a recognized expert in music technology, having made important research contributions in the study of musical expression and gesture. She is best known for her quantitative analyses of orchestral conducting, and the application of this information to real-time music systems. Teresa’s research areas include human-computer interfaces, real-time music systems, music theory, music perception, and affective computing. Her interactive conducting experiences, You’re the Conductor and Virtual Maestro, have been showcased across the United States and Europe at museums, music festivals, and concert halls. She founded and runs Immersion Music, a non-profit organization that designs technical solutions for the performing arts. Clients have included Harvard University, ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Boston Children’s Museum, Children’s Discovery Museum (Illinois), the Leonard Bernstein Office, UBS, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, American Composers Orchestra, Arizona State University, and McGill University. Her work has been profiled in the New Yorker Magazine, the New York Times, CNN Headline News, BBC World Service, and the Associated Press. Teresa performs professionally as a conductor and violinist, in opera, symphonic, and new music productions. She holds an A.B. degree in music (magna cum laude) from Harvard University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. degree from the MIT Media Laboratory.

11:30-12:15PM Dr. Greg Wilderlaughing-greg

Dr. Greg Wilder has col­lab­o­rated with chore­o­g­ra­phers, film­mak­ers, the­ater direc­tors and ani­ma­tors over a broad range of projects and venues around the globe as com­poser, sound designer, pro­gram­mer, and audio engi­neer. A conservatory-trained composer/pianist, music sci­en­tist and soft­ware engi­neer, Dr. Wilder’s inno­va­tions have resulted in numer­ous inter­na­tional music-technology patents and the devel­op­ment of “Clio”, a music analy­sis plat­form cur­rently in use by lead­ing com­pa­nies through­out the music industry.

In 2007, Dr. Wilder founded Orpheus Media Research (now Clio Music), trans­form­ing more than 6 years of pri­vately funded R&D into a lead­ing musi­cal analy­sis plat­form. As Chief Sci­en­tist, he led design and devel­op­ment of its flag­ship prod­uct Clio, a patented process that deliv­ers autonomous analy­sis and ‘sounds-like’ sim­i­lar­ity search for music of any style or genre. Clio’s com­pre­hen­sive approach to machine lis­ten­ing analy­sis has estab­lished it as a lead­ing enter­prise music tech­nol­ogy plat­form and is cur­rently in use by some of the industry’s top com­pa­nies.

In addi­tion to being the author of inter­na­tional patents (sev­eral pend­ing), white papers and related arti­cles, Dr. Wilder reg­u­larly presents talks on the musi­cal appli­ca­tion of inter­ac­tive and A.I. tech­nolo­gies, most recently as guest speaker at the Music and Audio Research Lab­o­ra­tory (NYU), the Insti­tute for Soft­ware Inte­grated Sys­tems (Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­sity), and the Inter­na­tional Com­puter Music Con­fer­ence (Queen’s Uni­ver­sity, Belfast).

Pre­vi­ous to work­ing in indus­try, Dr. Wilder taught on the fac­ul­ties of Dick­in­son Col­lege and West Chester Uni­ver­sity, where he received an HSA “Out­stand­ing Fac­ulty Mem­ber” award for excel­lence in teach­ing and hon­orary mem­ber­ship in Tau Beta Sigma. Greg’s musi­cal awards include those from the Amer­i­can Composer’s Forum, the Angel Oren­sanz Foun­da­tion, the William Penn Foun­da­tion, ASCAP, the Soci­ety of Com­posers Inter­na­tional, and the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Arts and Let­ters. His music is avail­able on the Albany record label.

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break

1:30-2:15PM TAE HONG PARKtaehong_park

Tae Hong Park is a composer, music technologist, and bassist. His work focuses on composition of electro-acoustic and acoustic music, machine learning and computer-aided music analysis, research in multi-dimensional aspects of timbre, and audio digital signal processing. Dr. Park has presented his music at national and international conferences and festivals including Bourges, ICMC, MATA, SCIMF, and SEAMUS. Among the ensembles and performers that have played his work are the Brentano String Quartet, California E.A.R. Unit, Edward Carroll, Ensemble Surplus, Zoe Martlew, Nash Ensemble of London, and the Tarab Cello Ensemble. Professor Park is author of Introduction to Digital Signal Processing: Computer Musically Speaking (World Scientific, 2010). He is the Chief Editor of Journal SEAMUS, serves as Editiorial Consultant for Computer Music Journal, and is President of the International Computer Music Association (ICMA). He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

2:15-3:00PM Eric J. Humphreyejhumphrey_20130910

Eric is a PhD candidate (ABD) in Music Technology at the Music and Audio Research Lab (MARL) @ NYU. After earning a BSEE at Syracuse University in 2007, Eric flocked south to pursue a masters in Music Engineering Technology at the University of Miami, graduating in 2009. During the completion of his master’s thesis, Eric fell in love with music informatics and New York City; as a result, he now spends his days in the Village, striving to make machines more intelligent. In addition to the academic pursuits of higher education, Eric is a multi-instrumentalist, has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Miami, worked as an independent contractor roles for several audio technology companies, spent a summer at Google doing really exciting things he can’t really talk about, and currently serves as the student member on the ISMIR Steering Committee.

3:00-3:30PM BREAK

3:30-4:15PM Rich Vreeland: Songs in a Snowglobe: A Deep Dive into Procedurally Generated Music Rich

Rich Vreeland (also known as Disasterpeace) is an award winning freelance composer / sound designer based in Berkeley, CA, with a focus in producing and directing dynamic sound treatments for games. He grew up in New York clacking rhythms on his teeth and writing guitar licks, eventually graduating from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Synthesis. Along the way he’s interned with the MIT Game Lab, written original music for classic franchises like Bomberman, and developed a critically acclaimed generative music tool. He performs his music regularly at big events like PAX and Indiecade, and has been a speaker at events around the globe. Rich has worked on just about every contemporary platform, knows his way around middleware tools, and likes to get his hands dirty. Most recently, he wrote the music for the 2012 IGF Seamus McNally Grand Prize winner FEZ, which also took home numerous awards for best game and soundtrack of 2012.

4:15-5:30PM Demo Session


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