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Round 1 (April 2023)

Liliana Araujo, Isabelle Cossette, Kristie Ibrahim, Selena Scheede-Bergdahl (McGill University) & Felipe Verdugo (U. de Montréal)

  • Titre du projet: Physical readiness of music students post-pandemic
  • Résumé: A new generation of musicians is beginning post-secondary studies with almost three years of their development under physical and social restrictions imposed by the pandemic, raising questions about their physical readiness to perform. This pilot study consists of a fitness screening with post-secondary music students to gather baseline data on levels of fitness (cardiovascular and respiratory capacity, strength, endurance), sedentary behavior, health literacy and injury status. This study will inform applied initiatives and generate new questions for research on musicians’ physical health, playing stamina and movement efficiency. The funding will support a student assistant and the acquisition of testing equipment.
  • Mots-clés: physiology, biomechanics, psychology, music performance, exercise science
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projet: To come April 2024

Dominic Thibault, Caroline Traube, Sarah Lecompte-Bergeron (U. de Montréal), Sean Wood, Jean Rouat & Adam Mezaber (U. de Sherbrooke)

  • Titre du projet: Embedded Neural Audio Synthesis for Musical Expression
  • Résumé: In this project, we aim to study state-of-the-art generative AI techniques in the context of musical creation. Key to this interdisciplinary collaboration is the development of a proof-of-concept hardware implementation of a neural network-based synthesizer module capable of generating audio in real-time based on in-context model training.
    The Agile Seed Funding will be used to form an interdisciplinary team with expertise in electroacoustic music, machine learning, and electrical engineering. A knowledge gain in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) is expected, resulting in an up-to-date literature review and interactive audio synthesis embedded on GPU-based platform.

    As AI-based generative models continue to produce increasingly astonishing results, the research potential in machine-controlled and machine-generated synthesis in a musical context is high. We aim to develop a long-term research project with artistic communities to extend literacy and autonomy of artists in the world of these generative machine learning processes.
  • Mots-clés: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Music Creation, Audio Synthesis, Embedded Systems
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projet: To come April 2024

Isabelle Cossette, Liliana Araujo & Ninad Puranik (McGill University)

  • Titre du projet: The Performance Simulator: Building software robustness and scenario diversification for improved user-friendliness
  • Résumé: Over the last years, a performance simulator has been acquired and used to mimic performances while recording the playing of training musicians. The long-term goal of this facility is to provide performance opportunities close to in-vivo situations (currently lacking for many students) in which physiological/psychological data will be gathered to inform the development of pedagogical tools. Currently, while the hardware is functional, the software and the limited library of scenarios need fine-tuning. This funding seeks support to develop a robust and user-friendly software, a diversified library of performance contexts and to collect user feedbacks – all through students’ hire.
  • Mots-clés: Software Programming, Sound and Video Recording and Editing, Performance Sciences, Music Performance Pedagogy, Virtual Reality
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projet: To come April 2024

Jason Noble, Takuto Fukuda (McGill University) & Caroline Traube (U. de Montréal)

  • Titre du projet: Exploring the Semantics of “Timbre-Textures” with Granular Synthesis
  • Résumé: We are studying meanings listeners associate with musical sounds in contemporary music. In previous studies, participants rated excerpts of contemporary music on semantic scales. In the present study, we invert the task: participants produce their own musical sounds in response to semantic prompts, using a Max patch. They position cursors on 2D surfaces to modify inharmonicity, pitch ambitus, central pitch height, and attack density, emulating the soundworlds of sound mass and granular synthesis composers (e.g., Ligeti, Xenakis, Truax). We seek funding to pay participants and hire RAs (who will be CIRMMT students) to run subjects and help with statistical analysis. 
  • Mots-clés: musical semantics, music perception, sound synthesis, granular synthesis, contemporary music
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projet: To come April 2024


Round 1 (April 2022) - aucune demande

Round 2 (October 2022)

Jérémie Voix, Tigran Avestissian (ÉTS) & L. Alexis Emelianoff (independent)

  • Titre du projet: Fundamental research on magnetoacoustics
  • Résumé: The National MagLab is a cutting-edge magnetics research facility in the USA that allows researchers in academia and industry to conduct experiments for free.
    We propose to initiate a relationship with the NML and conduct experiments to investigate magnetic materials and processes for the eventual creation of new musical instruments and sonic processes. Kinetic, electromagnetic, and magnetic activity can all be transduced to sound with piezo, induction, and conventional microphones. Extracting and organizing sound from magnetic sources allows a new insight into the behavior of energy and matter, as well as creating a new, elusive language for music.
  • Mots-clés: magnetics, acoustics, new instruments, new soundworlds
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projet: To come October 2023

Suresh Krishna, Fabrice Marandola (McGill University) & Simone Della Bella (Université de Montréal)

  • Titre du projet: Music Performance: bridging scientific, musicological and artistic approaches
  • Résumé: Unlike music perception, there is relatively little scientific literature that focuses on music performance. We aim to develop a quantitative process model of music performance, based on data collected from musicians (of different degrees of expertise) as they perform music both in the lab and live, and during sight-reading, memorized performance of familiar pieces, ensemble performance, improvisation, etc. The data streams will include gaze- and pupil-tracking, autonomic measures, motion capture, audiovisual recordings, and motor timing. In particular, we will explore the correlates of musical attributes like piece difficulty/familiarity, surprise, musical expertise, the feeling of flow, and perceived/self-experienced quality of performance. 
  • Mots-clés: psychology, cognitive science, musicology, computational modeling, psychophysiology
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projet: To come October 2023


Round 1 (April 2021)

Jean Rouat, Olivier Robin, Patrick O'Donoghue (Université de Sherbrooke) & Olivier Valentin (McGill University)

  • Titre du projetSounds of onomatopoeias 
  • Résumé: Complex relationships exist between sounds, colors and shapes. Onomatopoeias, sometimes called 'sound words' phonetically imitate or imply the sound that they describe, but their fundamental underlying mechanisms have been scarcely studied. This project aims to study the effect of letter spacing in simple onomatopoeias on the sound they suggest. A protocol including a web interface has been setup, in which participants must vocalize various onomatopoeias (AAAAA, A A A), these vocalizations being recorded and later analyzed in terms of emitted frequency versus letter spacing. The project aims to initiate online testing, including gathering and analysis of results.
  • Mots-clésAcoustics, Sound perception, Auditory neuroscience
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projetRouat-Robin-O'Donoghue-Valentin Agile Seed Report 2021-22

Round 2 (September 2021)

Myriam Boucher, Dominic Thibault (Université de Montréal) & Fabrice Marandola (McGill University)

  • Titre du projet: Polytope XXI : Développement d'une sculpture-instrument percussive électroacoustique
  • Résumé: Projet en recherche-création visant la construction d’un instrument monumental augmenté par l'électroacoustique et destiné à être jouée par l'ensemble à percussion Sixtrum. L'instrument prendra la forme d’une harpe géante audio-lumineuse occupant l'espace scénique, une structure autoportante composée de câbles lumineux sur lesquels les musiciens jouent. Le financement Agile Seed permettra de rechercher les matériaux et technologies les plus efficaces pour le développement dudit instrument. Nos pistes de recherches nous amènent présentement à rechercher les matériaux des câbles utilisés (acier, nylon ou autre), les systèmes d’accroches, les composantes électroacoustique (transducteurs, micro piézoélectriques, câbles, amplificateurs audio) et les dispositifs lumineux (DEL, DMX).
  • Mots-clésMusique mixte, lutherie numérique, audiovisuel, traitement du signal audionumérique, architecture.
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projet: Boucher-Marandola-Thibault: Agile Seed Report 2021-22 


Round 1 (April 2020)

Alain Berry, Lévy Leblanc, Olivier Robin (Université de Sherbrooke) & Philippe-Aubert Gauthier (UQAM)

  • Titre du projetA concrete explanation to sound directivity of musical instruments and musicians/instruments interaction with rooms 
  • Résumé: Jürgen Meyer often demonstrated the interaction between music and acoustics using concrete examples (a musical ensemble plays a piece for the same audience but in different rooms). This project follows this idea. Two players of the same instrument play the same piece in either a hemi-anechoic or a reverberant room (side-by-side rooms, a musician per room). Three objectives are pursued (1) defining five ideal pieces and instrument (2) 3D-printing sound directivity patterns of chosen instruments and (3) preparing a didactic document for the event. People will be able to see and hear sound directivity, while better understanding room-instrumentalist relationships.
  • Mots-clés: room acoustics, musical acoustics, performers playing techniques
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projetBerry-Leblanc-Robin-Gauthier Agile Seed Report 2020-21 Round 1

Edda Bild, Cynthia Tarlao, Richard Yanaky, Daniel Steele (McGill) & Johanne Brochu (Université Laval)

  • Titre du projetSound fundamentals for urban professionals: a course for city-makers 
  • Résumé: The funding will allow us to develop and test an innovative course for private-sector urban design professionals, educating them on creatively thinking about sound in a design and planning manner (e.g. ambiance, added sound), not just as a nuisance or an isolated problem. The applicants (Sounds in the City team & CIRMMT members) teach the basics of sound in 6 3-hour lectures, as it relates to policy, health and design, encouraging the mobilization of academic (soundscape) knowledge into city-making. In-person and online versions of the course combine technical knowledge (perception, cognition, experience) and practical implications (by example), mobilizing and testing the knowledge in exercises, and experimenting with diverse support tools and technologies.
  • Mots-clés: Soundscape and acoustic design; sound studies; urban planning and design; sound art; education
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projetBild-Tarlao-Yanaky-Steele-Brochu Agile Seed Report 2020-21

Jérémie Voix, Danielle Benesch (ÉTS) & Stefanie Blain-Moraes (McGill)

  • Titre du projet"Listen to your heart": crowdsourcing of in-ear heartbeat sounds at the Montréal Science Center 
  • Résumé: Biosignals - such as heartbeats and breathing - can be recorded inside an occluded earcanal. These audio signals could be used to monitor emotions for wearable applications. However, there is a lack of data mapping these in-ear audio recordings to discrete emotional states. To create such a corpus, we will extend the Montréal Science Center exhibit “Mes émotions à fleur de peau” and record in-ear audio signals in controlled conditions with hundreds of visitors. In exchange for their time, we will offer visitors playback of their ranging heartbeat sounds and visualizations created with the corresponding spectrograms.
  • Mots-clés: Audio signal processing, biosignal processing, psychophysiology, artificial intelligence
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projetVoix-Benesch-Blain-Moraes Agile Seed Report 2020-21

Round 2 (September 2020)

Jeremy Cooperstock, David Marino, Max Henry & Pascal Fortin (McGill)

  • Titre du projetConveying paralinguistic cues and context while teleconferencing
  • Résumé: Teleconferencing is essential for conducting remote work, and COVID-19 has made such technology truly ubiquitous. Major teleconferencing platforms offer a degraded conversational experience due to a loss of essential contextual information. Lost features include: ambient noise, or various paralinguistic cues such as eye contact. Our study aims to supplement such lost non-verbal features with multimodal stimulation, providing a greater sense of contextual awareness and mutual understanding to conversation partners. An example is developing visualizations that convey ambient noise and facial cues to interlocutors when they are in situations where such cues may be hidden, such as during a conference presentation.
  • Mots-clés: Human computer interaction, psychology, audio signal processing, linguistics
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projett: to come
Alain Berry, Olivier Robin, Pierre Grandjean (Université de Sherbrooke) & Philippe-Aubert Gauthier (UQAM)
  • Titre du projetEvaluation of three acoustic manikins for binaural recording and research/popularization purposes
  • Résumé: Acoustic manikins can be used for outreach (hearing health prevention) or for research purposes (psychoacoustics). The cost of these manikins can range from few hundred to several tens of thousand dollars, but it is not clear whether this price difference is translated into measurement quality. This project aims at evaluating three acoustic manikins especially in a binaural recording context (a very low-cost full-body manikin, a low-cost acoustic head and a high-end torso). Recordings will be held under controlled conditions at Groupe d'acoustique (UdeS) as well as with musicians at École de musique (UdeS), and streamed online in science popularization videos.
  • Mots-clés: Psychoacoustics, sound perception, binaural recording
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projetBerry-Robin-Grandjean-Gauthier Agile Seed Report 2020-21 Round 2


Round 1 (April 2019)

Eric Lewis & Ian Gold (McGill)

  • Titre du projet: "It ain't over till it's over"--Theory of Mind, Social Intelligence and Improvising Machines
  • Résumé: It has proven very difficult to create an improvising machine system that can tell when a collective improvisation is ending. We will test our hypothesis that humans employ theory of mind in determining when an improvisation is ending, and that this involves social intelligence and multi-modal inputs. This project will both suggest further research into theory of mind and musical performance, and the design of improvising machine systems. Our pilot project will examine whether or not visual clues of the sort characteristic of theory of mind are at play when humans determine that an improvisation is ending.
  • Mots-clés: philosophy, cognitive science, music cognition, improvisational studies, new instrument/machine systems
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projet: Lewis-Gold: Agile Seed funding report 2019-20

Round 2 (October 2019)

Alain Berry, Olivier Robin, Olivier Valentin, Abdelghani Benghanem (Université de Sherbrooke) & Catherine Guastavino (McGill)

  • Titre du projetCrowdsourcing listening tests? Evaluating the validity of using a polling station in a science exhibition
  • Résumé: The relevance of using polling stations as a tool for crowdsourcing perceptive evaluations of sounds and involving the general public into this process is under consideration. Data concerning different sounds are currently being gathered using a station installed in a travelling exhibition. Over 5000 opinions were already collected and coherent trends are observed in a preliminary analysis between field or laboratory data. The project aims at (1) analyzing the whole dataset, (2) using this proof-of-concept in a grant application and (3) including sounds from other research areas in a similar setup to be installed in a fixed exhibition (2020-2021).
  • Mots-clésacoustics, psychoacoustics, listening test, crowdsourcing, sound environment
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projetBerry-Robin-Valentin-Benghanem-Guastavino: Agile Seed funding report 2019-20

Tiago Falk, Raymundo Cassini (INRS-EMT), Bruno Afonso (Insight Data Science) & Ilona Posner (Toronto University)

  • Titre du projetReal-time measurement of the meditative effectiveness of Argentine Tango
  • Résumé: Argentine Tango has been shown to help psychological and physical health by reducing perceived levels of depression and stress, similar and at times better than meditation. This meditative state has been reported by experienced dancers while dancing, but has yet to be quantified in real-time. With the emergence of mobile electroencephalography (EEG) devices and recent innovations in EEG artifact removal algorithms, however, this quantification may now be possible. In this pilot project, we aim to validate the potential recording of usable EEG data from dancers, prior to proposing a large-scale study to better understand the meditative effectiveness of Argentine Tango.
  • Mots-clésmeditation, dance, neuroimaging, EEG, Argentine tango
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projet: Falk-Cassani-Posner-Afonso: Agile Seed funding report 2019-20

Ichiro Fujinaga, Sylvain Margot & Yaolong Ju (McGill)

  • Titre du projetDigitizing and translating figured bass into chord labels for Bach chorales in symbolic formats
  • Résumé: Figured bass is an under-researched topic for Bach chorales because (1) no existing symbolic dataset with figured bass is available, and (2) no research has studied the relationship between figured bass and chord labels. The project will first digitize all figured bass found in critical editions, and then develop a heuristic algorithm to translate figured bass into chord labels, which will offer new contrapuntal and harmonic insights on Bach chorales. This project is highly interdisciplinary, where Prof. Ichiro Fujinaga (music technology) will supervise Yaolong Ju (artificial intelligence) and Sylvain Margot (music theory) to ensure the success of this project.
  • Mots-clésmusic technology, artificial intelligence, music theory, musicology
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projet: Fujinaga-Ju-Margot: Agile Seed funding report 2019-20

Jason Noble (McGill) & Juan Sebastian Delgado (Foundation Share the Warmth)

  • Titre du projetReimagining Davidovsky's "Synchronisms" in the 21st Century
  • Résumé: We will create a companion piece for Mario Davidovsky’s Synchronism No.3 for solo cello and fixed media (1964; Pulitzer Prize, 1971), drawing on Davidovsky’s compositional gestures and textures but utilizing more recent technologies to create timbral affinities between the cello and electronics. In January 2020, we will meet in NYC with Fred Sherry, American cellist and composer who closely collaborated with Davidovsky, to gain deeper insight into Davidovsky’s ideas. We will premiere our piece alongside Synchronism No.3 at a live@CIRMMT concert in 2020. This concert will be a memorial to Davidovsky’s passing in 2019, and his legacy as a composer.
  • Mots-cléstechnology, performance, research-creation, electronics 
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projet: Noble-Delgado: Agile Seed funding report 2019-20


Round 1

Annelies Bockstael (U. de Montréal) & Catherine Guastavino (McGill)

  • Titre du projetMusicians and hearing protection: learning by doing?
  • Résumé: This project proposes a paradigm shift in hearing conservation for classical musicians by focusing on music performance with personal protectors. By combining audiology and music, this project will study experimentally how hearing protectors alter music performance (acoustically, error rate, self-report), and how performance can be restored by targeted training and feedback. Funding will be used to train a student in pilot data collection, preparing from an FRQSC Audace application in 2019.
  • Mots-clés: Audiology: Communication Sciences; Acoustics: Music performance, technological music analyses
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projet: Bockstael-Guastavino: Agile Seed funding report 2018-19

Ilja Frissen, Ky Grace Brooks, Fili Gibbons (McGill)

  • Titre du projet: Portable Studio Workshops as Learning Environment
  • Résumé: Over the last two decades, the landscape of audio production has shifted from professional studios towards a portable, "do-it-yourself" (DIY) ethic. Despite these changes, literature indicates that information behaviours such as peer learning remain critical for the professional success of engineers. To assess whether these requirements are well met by the new model, and whether they present invisible boundaries to accessibility across lines of culture, gender and sexuality, we propose to develop and pilot an audio workshop using a portable recording system as a learning environment. This initial study will inform a more comprehensive project planned for Spring 2019.
  • Mots-clés: Information studies, sound recording, music education
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projet: Frisson-Brooks-Gibbon: Agile Seed funding report 2018-19
Alexandre Lehmann (McGill) & Jérémie Voix (ÉTS)
  • Titre du projet: Preventing hearing loss in the young generation: A smart t-shirt proposal
  • Résumé: Hearing loss is increasing dramatically, WHO estimates 1.1 billion young people worldwide at risk of hearing loss due to unsafe listening practices. Despite clear evidence from research and the existence of safe-hearing guidelines, the problem is worsening.  We will tackle this issue by combining the latest advances in engineering and cognitive auditory research, to design an innovative body-worn sound dosimeter device that appeals to the young, raises awareness and provides a simple assessment of noise exposure.  It will be systematically evaluated in real-life settings, such as concerts, to assess its efficiency in promoting safe listening practices amongst youths.
  • Mots-clés: Biomedical engineering, psycho-acoustics, audiology, cognitive auditory neuroscience, population health
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projet: Lehmann-Voix: Agile Seed funding report 2018-19
Jérémie Voix, Rachel Bouserhal (ÉTS), Stephanie Blain-Moraes & Florian Grond (McGill)
  • Titre du projetThe Sensitive Ear:  a hearable accommodating hypersensitivity to sound
  • Résumé: We live in an increasingly noisy environment, which poses challenges for people with sensory sensitivities like misophonia. Hearing protection devices alleviate this issue by attenuating ambiant sounds. However, they do not distinguish between sounds causing distress and those carrying information. The sensitive ear is a wearable in-ear technology designed to address this challenge by detecting and filtering known sounds causing distress. Additionally, it will capture physiological signals  from inside the ear correlated with distress to learn new triggers unique to each user. It will ultimately regulate sound exposure as a function of distress and comfort, benefiting specific and general user groups. 
  • Mots-clés: Audio engineering, ethnography, physical therapy 
  • Rapport de résumé de fin de projet: Bouserhal-Grond-Voix-BlainMoraes: Agile Seed funding report 2018-19