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ICCMR Workshops

21 October 201

Brain-Computer Interfaces for Music

A brain–computer interface (BCI) allows a person to control electronic devices by means of commands expressed by signals read directly from their brain using appropriate brain scanning technology. Currently the most viable and practical method of scanning brain signals for BCI purposes is to read the electroencephalogram (EEG) with electrodes placed on the scalp. The speakers will discuss various attempts and approaches to the design of BCI systems for music. After short technical introduction to EEG sensing and analysis, they will introduce a number of techniques, which they have been developing to make music with the EEG signal, ranging from sonification and musification of raw EEG data, to harnessing the EEG to use it to control generative music algorithms. The talks will include live demonstrations. 



Finn Peters (London)

Matthew Yee-King (University of Sussex)

Eduardo Miranda (ICCMR)

Joel Eaton (ICCMR)

and others t.b.c.


Venue: Scott 103 and Smeaton 206 (t.b.c.)

Time: 09:00 – 12:30




11 February 2011

NeuroArts Workshop

There has been an explosion of activity recently within a new subject landscape which one might call the NeuroArts, in which artists, musicians, philosophers, engineers, mathematicians and psychologists have been collaborating in a number of ways, including the formation of artistic projects, the establishment of  new neuronal technologies and the consideration of an associated Neuroethics. This one-day workshop, which will take place during the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival, is intended as an introduction to explore and interrogate this new field. The workshop is organized by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR) and Peninsula Arts, and is co-ordinated by John Matthias, Jane Grant and Eduardo Miranda, with financial support from the UK Mathematical Neuroscience Network and University of Plymouth.



John Matthias (ICCMR) 

Jane Grant (ICCMR) 

Eduardo Miranda (ICCMR) 

Arthur Miller (University College London) 

Magnus Richardson (University of Warwick) 

Stephen Coombes (University of Nottingham) 

Steve Potter (Georgia Institue of Technology, USA) 

Frederick Voisin (Université Franche-Comté à Montbéliard, France) 

Paul Broks (University of Plymouth) 

Andy Miah  (University of the West of Scotland) 

and others t.b.c.


Venue: t.b.a.

Time: 09:00 – 22:00

Evening concert featuring John Matthias, Alexis Kirke, Nick Ryan, Andrew Prior, Will Dutta, Ed Handley and Andy Turner.



3. International Symposium 


03 November 2010 – Music Technology in Education for the Young at Risk of Social Exclusion

An increasingly alarming number of young people in Europe leave school prematurely without the basic skills required to fully integrate in the knowledge society and labour market. These youngsters tend to dropout from school and face the risk of social exclusion. The Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR)/Centre for Humanities, Music and Performing Arts Research (HuMPA) have teamed up with a number of European partners to tackle this problem through the E-Motion Project. They are investigating the use of computer music technologies to aid and motivate youngsters at risk to learn maths, physics and informatics. This International Conference celebrates the end of a pilot study funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.  The conference will report on the outcomes of the study from partners in Italy, Romania, Spain and UK, and includes an evening event with a concert and examples of music produced by pupils from schools in Liverpool, Bucharest and Rome. 

More information:


Franco Alvaro (Italy)

Antonino Viti (ACSI - Association for Culture, Sport and Leisure, Italy)

Graham Helling (Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, UK)

Olimpius Istrate (Centre for Innovation in Education, Romania)

Toni Badia (Barcelona Media - Innovation Centre, Spain)

Eduardo Miranda (ICCMR, UK)

and others t.b.a.

Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema and Theatre 1 - Roland Levinsky Building

Time: Talks: 09:30 – 14:00, Showcase: 19:00 – 21:00,

Past Workshops

Information on past workshops has been archived here.