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Composer and performer of live electroacoustic music, Rui Penha was born in Porto, in 1981. He completed his PhD in Music (Composition) at the University of Aveiro, where he worked under João Pedro Oliveira. His music is regularly recorded and played in festivals and concert halls around Europe and North America, by musicians such as Arditti Quartet, Peter Evans, Remix Ensemble or the Gulbenkian Orchestra. He was a funder and curator of Digitópia (Casa da Música) and has a deep interest on music technology. His recent production includes interfaces for musical expression, sound spatialization software, interactive installations, musical robots, autonomous improvisers and educational software. He taught at several Portuguese Institutions (DeCA - UA, ESMAE - IPP, ESART - IPCB, ULP), and is currently an assistant professor at FEUP and researcher at INESC TEC. More info at http://ruipenha.pt

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2016

Computer-aided musical orchestration using an artificial immune system

Authors
Abreu, J; Caetano, M; Penha, R;

Publication
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)

Abstract
The aim of computer-aided musical orchestration is to find a combination of musical instrument sounds that approximates a target sound. The difficulty arises from the complexity of timbre perception and the combinatorial explosion of all possible instrument mixtures. The estimation of perceptual similarities between sounds requires a model capable of capturing the multidimensional perception of timbre, among other perceptual qualities of sounds. In this work, we use an artificial immune system (AIS) called opt-aiNet to search for combinations of musical instrument sounds that minimize the distance to a target sound encoded in a fitness function. Opt-aiNet is capable of finding multiple solutions in parallel while preserving diversity, proposing alternative orchestrations for the same target sound that are different among themselves. We performed a listening test to evaluate the subjective similarity and diversity of the orchestrations. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.

2014

Instruments for everyone: Designing new means of musical expression for disabled creators

Authors
Gehlhaar, R; Rodrigues, PM; Girão, LM; Penha, R;

Publication
Studies in Computational Intelligence

Abstract
The purpose of this project was the development of tools that facilitate the musical expression of a well-defined group of physically and mentally challenged people. Knowing those people and becoming familiar with their capabilities, tastes and ambitions was the departing point for the design of solutions. Once developed, they remained in their institutions, to become a part of their lives, contributing to the range of occupational activities they can be involved with. The composition of a piece of music that uses those resources and its performance by these people in the main concert hall of Casa da Música in April 2010 was more than a proof of concept, it was a truly engaging, motivating experience and, indeed, a proper artistic challenge. © 2014 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

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2017

Caracterização acústica com recurso a altifalantes paramétricos para modelação de espaços virtuais

Author
Tiago Rafael Medeiros Brilhante

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Gravações Encontradas - Exploração no contexto de performance de música electroacústica

Author
Carla Mariana Arteaga do Nascimento Osório Sardon

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

The augmented performer in contemporary Opera : A Case Study

Author
Hugo Edgar Pinho Mesquita

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

A contribuição técnica e artística do processo de mixagem de áudio utilizando Ambisonics.

Author
José Ricardo Barboza

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Automatic transcription of vocalized percussion

Author
António Filipe Santana Ramires

Institution
UP-FEUP