Two/Four conferences: FMA/AAWM and ICMPC/ESCOM

Short update. Just attended and presented at these conferences in the summer:

The 8th International Workshop on Folk Music Analysis/Fifth International Conference on Analytical Approaches to World Music (AAWM 2018):  http://fma2018.mus.auth.gr

Paper: Feature analysis of repeated patterns in Dutch folk songs using Principal Component Analysis (Iris Yuping Ren, Hendrik Vincent Koops, Dimitrios Bountouridis, Anja Volk, Wouter Swierstra and Remco Veltkamp)

Slides: https://goo.gl/NrhFzf

15th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition/10th triennial conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music: https://music-psychology-conference2018.uni-graz.at/en/

Paper: Investigating Musical Pattern Ambiguity in a Human Annotated Dataset (Iris Yuping Ren, Oriol Nieto, Hendrik Vincent Koops, Anja Volk, Wouter Swierstra)

Slides: https://goo.gl/S3n51X

I had a very good experience with all four conferences. This is my third time to FMA, but the rest are all new to me. There were a variety of audience, talks and posters. It’s amazing how people from different fields come together and talk about a diverse range of topics related to music.

What is the most valuable is the intellectual stimulation from seeing new research results, discussing how we have been doing research (on different and similar topics), connecting with a larger community, reflecting and planning on my own research, etc.

A big thank you to all the old friends and new friends, it was very nice seeing you there. Next time is ISMIR in September. See you in Paris 🙂

MGS 2018

A month ago, I was at MGS 2018: http://www.cs.nott.ac.uk/~psznhn/MGS2018/

What a nice gathering and learning opportunity!

I followed the lambda calculus, category theory and machine learning till the end. The materials were all top-notch.

Most importantly, got to talk about the learning process with fellow students, made new friends, worked on new things. Connecting the dots.

Some unfortunate episodes include getting a cold, spilling water on my laptop (but it caused no damage!), etc.

If there’s another opportunity, I would totally go again: for learning other modules, and the whole experience!

Teaching: Game projects and automatic music generation

(This mainly happened in January and during the last semester, things stretched a bit into February and I never got the time to write about it since…)

Substituting my supervisor who was travelling, I gave a lecture about AI music. Although my research is not directly on this topic, I have been playing around with popular packages and concepts. There were lots of interests from the students, and a quick show of hands indicates that most students are at least not against AI music (well, not a big surprise since this is a master level computer/information science course in the Netherlands…)

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Easter Music

It has been a while. Finally got the time to write something. Easter holidays yay!!!

Bach’s passions are very popular in the Netherlands during Easter. Did not realise how popular it was even though I played in a St. Matthew’s Passion last year. This year, with more observations and understanding Dutch a bit better, I start to realise it’s really something special. It seems every major city in the Netherlands has at least some ensembles that do it a few times in March, and it’s very frequently on the radio. Te gek!

Yesterday, and the week before, like last year, I was playing in St. Matthew’s passions in Utrecht and Amsterdam, Geerteskerk and Dominicuskerk. And with the invitation from a colleague, I also went to a service + Johanna’s passion in Westerkerk. Viola de gamba, viola d’amore, theorbo, all these unique sounds which we do not hear all that often…  Lots of good memories. Good relaxation after the paper deadline…

The music is beautiful. Heel mooi. Got some pleasant earworms from all the arias now…

The Spring is coming. More posts are coming. Passion, see you next year! Gelukkig Pasen!

Writing on paper, writing on ipad and type, data gathering

This discussion came up when I was chatting with a friend. Leaving out the technical reasons, why do some people like writing and some people like typing? How about writing on iPad?

And trying to write a journal paper now, sometimes my mind just escape to think about the behaviour of writing rather than what I’m writing now…

It’s harder to erase on paper. My friend says.

I didn’t notice this before, but it’s very true. It’s probably many people’s reason to use paper. Mine also includes the low cost, the creativity given by the physical world, the safety of device-free decoding, and the pure satisfication of joggin up muscle memory of tracing lines and curves on paper.

For communication purposes, I use standardised typing. Either it’s communication across time or across space, the standards deliver the information more efficiently.

Writing on iPad is the newest here. It saves space, creates data. Similar to write + photo. Great for post processing.

It’s a matter of habits; it’s a matter of encoding + decoding. It always gets complicated when there’s a new tool, a new paradigm.

What are you using for writing? And which one do you prefer?

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The computerphil binge

I have been following this wonderful channel for a while now:

https://www.youtube.com/user/Computerphile

But I never really got the time to watch the old videos, and occasionally I miss a episode or two…

It was great binging it over Christmas: got to review the basics, know the history, laugh at a joke or two. Plus expend it with more search, discover more channels and articles and learn even more from them!

For sanity’s sake, it’s probably good to think about why do I want to know about this at some point…

 

Moved to a new apartment & A walk in De Bilt and Bilthoven

Moved on 13 Nov to De Bilt. Just took a walk for the first time in the neighborhood. Now finally it feels like less of a foreign place. Cute bookstores, bakeries, chocolatiers, and a supermarket where they sell Mozartkugel!!

Four years ago, I would have never imagined that I would move so many times in my life. Beijing -> Shandong -> Warwick Uni -> Temp places -> Paris -> Temp places -> Rochester -> Temp places -> Utrecht -> Temp places -> De Bilt.  Let alone that there are probably many to come.

But I think my experience is growing and I’m getting more used to it. Planning ahead is important; it is also crucial to not get too stressed about: we seem to be generally good at adapting. I would see it as similar to moving data. Good to learn a thing or two from the physical world in the process.

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