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[AUDITORY] ACTOR Timbre and Orchestration Summer School

ACTOR Timbre & Orchestration Summer School


DEADLINE EXTENDED: February 17, 2023

The deadline to apply for the Analysis, Creation and Teaching of Orchestration (ACTOR) Timbre & Orchestration Summer School has been extended to February 17. The school will be held at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GreeceJuly 8-12, 2023. See below for more details and how to submit your application.


APPLY NOW: https://airtable.com/shrkGV2UtBZs7s6nm



The Summer School program is organized in two parts:

  • July 8-9: single stream with six two-hour tutorial sessions
  • July 10-12: participation in the Timbre 2023 Conference including informal discussion sessions with tutors


Details about the content of tutorial sessions are as follows: 


  • Analysis of timbre and orchestration | Robert Hasegawa (McGill University) & Ben Duinker (McGill University)


This session surveys productive modes of timbre- and orchestration-centric music analysis. Specifically, we explore how timbre and orchestration can be used as analytical "points of departure" for engagement with questions of performance, perception, genre, and identity. Repertoire covered will primarily focus on contemporary art and popular music.


  • Timbral archetypes / metatimbre: approaches in composition Andrés Gutiérrez Martínez (McGill University) & Kit Soden (Université de Montréal)


This session will introduce and explore the concepts of timbral archetypes (or metatimbres) in the compositional practice of many styles of music, from contemporary to popular. A theoretical background will be presented, followed by exemplifications and scoring techniques, software approaches and frameworks in electroacoustic and live-electronic music, and finally with group listening activities and discussion.


  • Perception of orchestration | Stephen McAdams (McGill University)


This session will examine the role of perceptual grouping processes (concurrent, sequential, segmental) in orchestration. I will present a taxonomy of orchestral grouping effects that serve as structuring forces in the creation of musical form at various levels: blended events, auditory streams, integrated orchestral textures, orchestral layers, timbral contrasts, and orchestral gestures.


  • Timbre semantics | Zachary Wallmark (University of Oregon) & Lindsey Reymore (Arizona State University)


This session will explore the role of timbre in the generation of meaning, including affective, linguistic, and cross-sensorial experience. The session will introduce participants to the central questions, theories, and methods of timbre semantics research, including perceptual and corpus linguistic approaches, supplemented by discussion, group listening, and writing activities.


  • Vocal timbre and (shifting) power | Nina Eidsheim (University of California, Los Angeles)


This session will address how vocal timbre plays a substantial part in how we position ourselves and assess others. We will start by discussing how observing and making meaning based on vocal timbre is encultured and expresses values and power relations we are enrolled in more broadly. In the second part, we will use a writing-based approach designed to guide participants to expand their relation- and meaning-making capacity related to vocal timbre.


  • Timbre and audio content analysis | Marcelo Caetano (CNRS - PRISM)


This session will introduce acoustic modeling of timbre with audio descriptors. I will present descriptors derived from different representations of sound, together with a brief review of these representations (i.e., time-varying sinusoids, spectral envelopes) and auditory models (i.e., mel frequencies). The session will cover temporal and spectral descriptors which find applications in timbre psychoacoustics, multimedia descriptions, and computer-aided orchestration.


We welcome graduate and advanced undergraduate students as well as postdocs, and early-career researchers working and/or interested in the fields of composition, music analysis, music theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, performance, popular music studies, music psychology, musical acoustics/room acoustics, computer-aided orchestration, computer science, digital humanities, sound recording, and auditory cognitive neuroscience.

Selected participants will be notified by March 1, 2023. The Summer School tuition is €300, which includes registration for the Timbre 2023 conference and some of the meals during the school and conference.

Visit our new website to learn more and apply! The application deadline is now February 17, 2023.


GO TO SUMMER SCHOOL’S WEBSITE: https://www.actorproject.org/timbre-and-orchestration-summer-school


Hosted by the School of Music Studies and the Sound and Music Technology Lab of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the third international conference on timbre, TIMBRE 2023, will be held July 10-12, 2023. Bringing together researchers from various fields, the event aims to provide a truly interdisciplinary forum for exchanging novel perspectives and forging collaborations across different disciplines to help address challenges in our understanding of timbre from empirical, theoretical, and computational perspectives. Read more: https://timbreconference.org/timbre2023/


The ACTOR Team