Álvaro Sarasúa, PhD student from the Music Technology Group (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Catalonia College of Music), will be a visiting researcher in EAVI for the next three months. His research focuses on the analysis of conducting gestures performed by participants with different musical backgrounds with the aim to build more intuitive and expressive interfaces drawing upon a conductor-orchestra metaphor.
During his stay at Goldsmiths, Álvaro will collaborate with Baptiste Caramiaux and Atau Tanaka on the improvement of the Gesture Variation Follower (GVF) capabilities for dynamical variations tracking of complex musical gestures. This work will include the development of specific motion descriptors to be taken into account by the GVF. Then he will explore its use for conductor gesture analysis, and its potential extension for piano performance. Part of this work will include online feature extraction for motion capture data in the multimodal repository repoVizz.
Álvaro holds a BS in telecommunications from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and a MSc in Sound and Music Computing from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He is doing a PhD at MTG part of the EU-FP7 PHENICX project, which aims at applying state-of-the-art technologies to bring new audiences to classical music. He is also a musician involved in different projects including the Barcelona Laptop Orchestra and the Galata Electroacustic Orchestra.