UC San Diego's Department of Music

May 26, 2009

  UCSD music faculty member Shlomo Dubnov has been elected to the IEEE's Technical Committee on Computer Generated Music. Dubnov's appointment comes with the election of Goffredo Haus as the new chairman of computer music at IEEE. Haus, who heads the Department of Informatics and Communication at the State University of Milan, has announced ambitious plans to heighten the profile of computer music through web-based outreach and recognition of newer specialties such as video gaming and interactive music (interactivity is one of Dubnov's primary research interests).

"Among our goals," Dubnov says, "are promotion of generative applications that make music navigable and participatory, paying attention to new media and related industries, and engaging the liberal arts and humanities in the new Technical and Conference Board. I hope that UCSD's Department of Music will become one of the world's leading centers for computer-generated music."

In recent months, Dubnov's research has included the Kamza and Bar Kamza project, an exploration of a Talmudic legend through interactive multimedia performance. Kamza and Bar Kamza's most recent performance took place in January 2009 at The Loft, the experimental performance venue on the UCSD campus.

Dubnov graduated from the Jerusalem Music Academy in composition and holds a Ph.D. in Computer-Science from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He served as a researcher at the Institute for Research and Coordination of Acoustics and Music (IRCAM) in Centre Pompidou, Paris and was a faculty at Ben-Gurion University in Israel. The results of his research are regularly published in scientific journals and feature in several state of the art computer music and multimedia systems, and his musical works have been recorded and performed internationally. He has been involved in a number of state of the art research projects  in digital media, such as a recent EU sponsored "Semantic HiFi" project, the OMax machine improvisation system and more.

Dubnov's main interests are developing new ways for interacting, understanding and creativity in digital media, such as machine improvisation, participatory performance systems and computer audition. Currently he is co-editing a book on, "The Structure of Style: Algorithmic Approaches to Understanding Manner and Meaning" to appear in Springer in 2009.

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