Using Emotional Data in Music Performance - Video

In collaboration with Emotional Imaging Inc., IDMIL researchers R. Michael Winters and Ian Hattwick applied for a NSERC Engage grant to develop an audio environment for the Emotional Imaging Composer (EIC). The VideoLab released a video documenting their work. More information can be found on the project page.

2013/03/13 18:13

Unsounding Objects Premier

The premiere of Unsounding Objects was February 7, 2013 in the Live@CIRMMT New Instruments concert. A Montreal Gazette article about the concert features Unsounding Objects.

Here is a video of the composition:


Les Gestes promo video

Here is a promo video for the Gestes Project. Instrument design, development and construction by Joseph Malloch, Ian Hattwick, and Anthony Piciacchia.

2013/01/08 00:51

Call for Submissions - CMJ Special Issue “Advances in the Design of Mapping for Computer Music”

Call for Submissions - CMJ Special Issue: “Advances in the Design of Mapping for Computer Music” Guest Editors: Marcelo M. Wanderley and Joseph Malloch

When we use digital tools for making music, the properties and parameters of both sound synthesizers and human interfaces have an abstract representation. One consequence of the digital nature of these signals and states is that gesture and action are completely separable from sound production, and must be artificially associated by the system designer in a process commonly called mapping.

The importance of mapping in digital musical instruments has been studied since the early 1990s, with several works discussing the role of mapping and many related concepts. Since roughly the mid-2000s, several tools have been proposed to facilitate the implementation of mappings, drastically reducing the necessary technical knowledge and allowing a large community to easily implement their ideas. Coupled with the availability of inexpensive sensors and hardware, as well as the emergence of a strong Do-It-Yourself community, the time seems right to discuss the main directions for research on mapping in digital musical instruments and interactive systems.

This call for submissions for a special issue of the Computer Music Journal focuses on recent developments and future prospects of mapping.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Mapping in instrument/installation/interaction design
  • Mapping concepts and approaches
  • Mapping tools
  • Evaluation methodologies
  • Mapping in/as composition
  • Mapping for media other than, or in addition to, sound

Deadline for paper submission is March 15, 2013. The issue will appear in 2014. Submissions should follow all CMJ author guidelines ( Submissions and queries should be addressed to, with the subject starting with [CMJ Mapping]

2012/11/19 19:54

Different Strokes Video

Different Strokes is a software system for performing music on a computer. It aims to allow a performer to create much of his or her performance sequences on-stage instead of relying on prepared control material.

2012/11/17 18:07

Emotion Mapping Presentation

IDMIL researchers Ian Hattwick and R. Michael Winters will be presenting software interfaces developed for emotion-related mapping in music performance and sonification. Their work is a result of a six month NSERC Engage grant for collaboration with Emotional Imaging Inc., a group developing technologies for realtime emotion recognition. The presentation is scheduled for Wednesday September 26th at 1pm at CIRMMT.

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2012/10/03 23:08

Teaser photos from Gestes project

Here are a couple of teaser photos from the development of the Spine digital musical instrument for the Gestes Project. Design, development and construction by Joseph Malloch, Ian Hattwick, and Anthony Piciacchia.

Triple Helix Spine Prototype

2012/10/03 23:07

IDMIL at ICAD 2012

IDMILer R. Michael Winters presented "New Directions for the Sonification of Expressive Movement in Music Performance" at the 18th International Conference on Auditory Display in Atlanta, Georgia. The paper distinguishes effective and expressive movements in music, arguing that successful expressive movement sonification requires data features important to visual perception and musical/structural context.


2012/09/19 22:33

Improvisation - Transir for bass flute and soprano t-stick

An improvised duo for bass flute and soprano t-stick at the Centro Mexicano para la Música y Artes Sonoras in Morelia, Mexico (29 June, 2012): Salvador Torre, amplified bass flute, and D. Andrew Stewart, soprano t-stick.

2012/08/09 04:35

Concert Experimental Music from Brazil and Beyond

Video has now been posted from the concert “Experimental Music from Brazil and Beyond” at the University of Lethbridge. The concert featured two performances with T-Stick: a solo written by Patrick Hart and D. Andrew Stewart, and a trio improvisation by Fernando Rocha (percussion, including the Hyper-Kalimba), Elise Pittenger (cello) and D. Andrew Stewart (soprano T-Stick).

2012/04/19 20:34

Talk at CUSEC 2012

From a recent talk at the Canadian University Software Engineering Conference (CUSEC):

2012/03/08 13:37

Sonification of Expressive Gesture with Performance Audio

The IDMIL Sonification Project just uploaded a new video with sonification and performance audio played at the same time. A paper documenting the tool has been submitted to a special issue of the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society on auditory displays.

Posted by: Mike Winters

2012/01/29 15:01

IDMIL image at ScienceOnline2012

Vanessa Yaremchuk's image of Dr. Xenia Pestova performing with the FM Gloves as part of the McGill Digital Orchestra Project was included in the art show for ScienceOnline2012.


2012/01/24 17:50

Brams Video

The following video was recently released by the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (Brams). It includes a segment on motion capture of performing musicians using the new 32-camera system from Qualisys, with appearances by IDMIL director Marcelo M. Wanderley and IDMIL doctoral researcher (and cellist) Erika Donald.

2011/11/15 15:01

libmapper 0.2 released

libmapper v0.2 brings a number of improvements:

  • bugfixes
  • API simplification
  • Basic support for vector signals
  • API for querying the values of device input signals
  • Python bindings now include monitor functionality
  • Java bindings for devices and signals

If you are interested in learning more about libmapper, please have a look at the documentation and join our mailing list!

2011/10/30 16:04

FaceQuencer is out!

Bruno Angeles' project at Music Hack Day Montreal, facequencer, is now available for download. Get the MacOS/Windows installer or the source code, and start playing music with your webcam!

This software was the crowd favourite at Music Hack Day Montreal. A simple application with humorous visuals, presenting it was fun! Check out a video of the application.

2011/09/30 14:55

Music Hackday Montreal

Music Hack Day comes to Montreal to explore and build the next generation of music applications. It's a full weekend of hacking in which participants will conceptualize, create and present their projects. Music + software + mobile + hardware + art + the web. Anything goes as long as it's music related. Music Hack Day is presented by developers for developers.

Music Hack Day arrive à Montréal pour explorer et construire la prochaine génération d'applications musicales. Durant tout un week-end de programmation informatique, les participants vont conceptualiser, réaliser et présenter leur projets. Musique + logiciel + mobilité + hardware + art + le web. Tout y passe du moment qu'on y parle de musique. Music Hack Day est conçu par les programmeurs pour les programmeurs.

Register to attend

Attendance is free but you must register to guarantee a spot. We provide workspaces and snacks throughout the day, but need confirmed numbers to make the event great for everyone attending. Visit the Registration Page to register as a hacker or if you want to attend the demo session at the end of the weekend.


Music Hack Day Montreal will be held at Eastern Bloc in Montreal, on the 24th and 25th of September.

What happens at a Music Hack Day?

Lots of hacking, lots of pizza, very little sleep. For details read this post: What happens at a Music Hack Day. Read about some of the winning hacks at the recent Music Hack Day in New York City.

2011/09/23 16:55