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Giant steps kick-off: creating the next generation of digital musical tools



21 Nov 2013 - 22 Nov 2013

GiantSteps (Seven League Boots for Music Creation and Performance) is a STREP project funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the MTG in collaboration with JCP Consult, which will last 36 months starting the 1st of November 2013.

The project aims to create the "seven-league boots" for music production in the next decade and beyond. Just as the boots of European folklore tradition enable huge leaps, GiantSteps proposes digital music tools for the near future, to empower all musical users, from professionals to casual musicians and even children. Bringing different types of musical knowledge in the form of musical expert agents – including harmonic, melodic, rhythmic and song structure agents – at different proficiency levels according to the specific needs of the user, the GiantSteps tools seek to stimulate the inspiration of all users, allowing them to create collaboratively, boosting mutual inspiration, helping anyone to learn and discover while creating, and facilitating professionals to work faster, while maintaining their creative flow.

In order to meet this ambitious goal the GiantSteps project has collected a strong balanced consortium representing the whole value chain and including leading agents coming from research institutions (MTG-UPF and Universität Linz JKU), industrial partners (Native Instruments and Reactable Systems) and music practitioners (STEIM and Red Bull Music Academy). With this consortium, and the project coordination by JCP-Consult, GiantSteps will be able to combine techniques and technologies in new and unprecedented ways. This includes the combination of state of the art interfaces and interface design techniques with advanced methods in Music Information Research that have yet to be applied in a real-time interaction  context  nor  with  creativity  objectives.  The  consortium’s  industry organizations will guarantee the alignment of these cutting edge technologies with existing market requirements, allowing for a smooth integration of research outcomes into real world systems. The MTG team, coordinated by Sergi Jordà and Perfecto Herrera, will bring its expertise on music information retrieval (MIR) and advanced interaction.

The GiantSteps kick-off meeting will take place at the MTG next 21st and 22nd of November.

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