Stefan Bilbao just completed workshop II of an ongoing collaboration with NOVARS Research Centre, as part of his residency visit to the University of Manchester. On Thursday 11th, Oct 08, he gave a seminar about physical models at the Composer's forum (a general music audience), thanks to an invitation by Dr Camden Reeves and on Friday 12th, Dr Bilbao delivered a specialised workshop on Physical Models of acoustic instruments for NOVARS postgraduates and staff.
Stefan and members of the NOVARS crew also visited the Sensing, Imaging and Signal Processing Group at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Manchester University directed by Professor Patrick Gaydecki, who made a demonstration of the signal Wizard, a real-time digital signal processing system and discussed aspects of his research group with Dr Bilbao. For more information about Prof. Gaydecki's Signal Wizard, click here.
Pictured above, explaining some aspects of his model for circular plates. Click here to read more about Bilbao's Plates.
Stefan Bilbao received his BA in Physics at Harvard University ('92), then spent two years at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique Musicale ( IRCAM ) in Paris as a student intern. He then completed the MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University ('96 and '01, respectively), while working at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA ).
He currently works on sound synthesis based on physical models of musical instruments, with a particular focus on mainstream numerical simulation techniques, e.g. finite difference methods. Special topics of interest include: Hamiltonian and symplectic methods, distributed nonlinear systems such as strings and plates, estimates of computational complexity, multichannel sound synthesis. A sideline is joint work with composers of electroacoustic music.
To know more about other composers collaborators who experimented Bilbao's physical models, click here