CMT Weekly Seminars

Spring 2019 Seminars

The Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology Spring Seminar Series features both invited speakers as well as second-year student project presentations. The seminars are on Mondays from 1:55-2:45 p.m. in the West Village Dining Commons, Room 175, on Georgia Tech's campus and are open to the public. Below is the schedule for invited speakers and student presentations for Spring 2019:

January 7 - Gil Weinberg, Professor and Director, Center for Music Technology

January 14 - Grace Leslie, Assistant Professor, School of Music

January 21 - MLK Day  (No Seminar)

January 28 - Joe Plazak

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Interdisciplinary research on music encompasses a diverse array of domains and applications, both within academia and industry. Despite commonalities and many shared objectives, the questions, methods, and results of academic & industry research are often starkly different. This talk anecdotally highlights some of the quirks within these two worlds, while also posting a number of in-demand research skills for the coming future. The first half of the talk will focus on the speaker's past academic research related to affective audio communication; the second half will focus on industry research related to teaching computers how to read and write music notation.

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Joe Plazak is a Senior Software Engineer and Designer at Avid Technology, where he spends his days drinking coffee and teaching computers how to read, write and perform music via the world's leading music notation software: Sibelius. He co-designs Sibelius along with a team of world-class composers, arrangers, performers, and super-smart techies. He earned a Ph.D. in Music Perception and Cognition from the Ohio State University while researching musical affect perception and computational music analysis, and thereafter taught music theory and conducted interdisciplinary research at a small liberal arts college. After years at the front of the classroom, he returned to the back row (where he belongs) and retrained within the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia University while researching audio-based human computer interaction and also dabbling in computational art. He is a card-carrying academia refugee, an expat, a commercial pilot and flight instructor, Superwoman's husband, and a sleep-deprived dad (which he considers to be the best job of all).

February 4 - Marybeth Gandy

February 11 - Taka Tsuchiya

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How can we explore and understand non-musical data with sound? Can we compose a music that tells a story about data? This study compares the methodologies for data exploration between traditional data-science approaches and the unconventional auditory approaches (i.e., sonification) with considerations such as the learnability, properties of sound, and aesthetic organization of sound for storytelling. The interactive demonstration utilizes CODAP (Common Online Data Analysis Platform), a web-based platform for data-science education and experiments, extended with the sonification plugins.

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Takahiko Tsuchiya (Taka) is a PhD student working with Dr. Jason Freeman. His researches include the development of sonification frameworks and a live-coding environment. From July to December 2018, he joined the Concord Consortium, a non-profit science-education company in Emeryville, CA as part of the NSF internship program. He developed sonification plugins for their data-science platform (CODAP) while also contributing to general R&D such as the improvement of the formula engine and data visualization.

February 18 - Shachar Oren

February 25 - Ofir Klemperer

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In his lecture and performance, Ofir will talk about the way our perception of music has changed with the digital age, and about the impact of computing on intuitive musical performance. Ofir then will demonstrate his way of bringing the instrumental performative practice back into electronic music, using his monophonic synthesizer, the Korg ms-20.

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Ofir Klemperer (born in Israel 1982). is a composer, improviser, singer/ song writer, and producer. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees in music composition at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, the Netherlands. Leaning heavily on the analog synthesizer the Korg MS-20, Ofir’s music is melodic in its core, and through orchestrating classical instruments along with punk-rock and electronics, he applies to his melodies an experimental approach and Noise.

Ofir’s music has been performed internationally, selected cities include: Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Belgrade, Gent, Antwerp, Brussels, and Sao Paolo. His work has been featured at Bolzano Jazz Festival in Italy, and MATA Festival in New York City.

Some of the ensembles he has written for are: Israel Contemporary Players, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Talea Ensemble, Asko|Schoenberg Ensemble, Pow Ensemble, Rosa Ensemble, Modelo62, Ensemble Klang, and Orkest de Ereprijs. You can find Ofir’s music on and

In 2014 Ofir moved to the United States and lived in Cincinnati, OH until 2017. He is currently located in Atlanta, Georgia.

March 4 - Colby Lieder

March 11 - Martin Nograad

March 18 - Spring Break

March 25 - Tejas, Ryan

April  1 - Avneesh, Yi 

April 8 - Benjie, Yongliang

April 15 - Madhukesh, Jeremy

April 22- Yuqi, Keshav

April 29- Jyothi, Richard Yang

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