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Marcelo M. Wanderley

Academic title(s): 

 William Dawson Scholar, Associate Professor, Music Technology, IDMIL, Director

Music Research
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marcelo [dot] wanderley [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Music Technology
music technology
music technology research laboratories

PhD Université Pierre et Marie Curie


Marcelo Mortensen Wanderley holds a Ph.D. degree from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), France, on acoustics, signal processing, and computer science applied to music. His main research interests include gestural control of sound synthesis, input device design and evaluation, and the use of sensors and actuators in digital musical instruments. Dr. Wanderley has chaired 2003 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression and co-authored the textbook “New Digital Musical Instruments: Control and Interaction Beyond the Keyboard”, A-R Editions. He is currently William Dawson Scholar and Associate Professor in Music Technology at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal, where he is a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT).

Selected publications: 


Digital Musical Instruments: Control and Interaction beyond the Keyboard. Eduardo Reck Miranda and Marcelo M. Wanderley. A-R Publications, 2006.

Trends in Gestural Control of Music. Marcelo M. Wanderley and Marc Battier (editors). Paris: IRCAM – Centre Pompidou. 2000.

Gesture-Based Human-Computer Interaction and Simulation · 7th International Gesture Workshop, GW 2007, Lisbon, Portugal, May 23-25, 2007, Revised Selected Papers. Miguel S. Dias, Sylvie Gibet, Marcelo M. Wanderley and Rafael Bastos (editors). LNCS series Vol. 5085, Springer Verlag, 2009.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

"Trumpet Augmentation and Technological Symbiosis." Joseph Thibodeau and Marcelo M. Wanderley, Computer Music journal, in press.

"Segmenting and Parsing Instrumentalist’s Gestures." Baptiste Caramiaux, Marcelo M. Wanderley and Frédéric Bevilacqua. In Journal of New Music Research, 41(1):13–29, 2012.

"Hybrid Inverse Motion Control for Virtual Characters Interacting with Sound Synthesis - Application to Percussion Motion." Alexandre Bouënard, Sylvie Gibet and Marcelo M. Wanderley. The Visual Computer Journal, Springer, 28(4):357–370, 2012.

"Virtual Gesture Control and Synthesis of Music Performances: Qualitative Evaluation of Synthesized Timpani Exercises". Alexandre Bouënard, Marcelo M. Wanderley, Sylvie Gibet and Fabrice Marandola. Computer Music Journal, 35(3):57–72, Fall 2011.

"Music to my eyes: Cross-modal interactions in the perception of emotions in musical performance". Bradley W. Vines, Carol L. Krumhansl, Marcelo M. Wanderley, Ioana M. Dalca, and Daniel J. Levitin. Cognition 118:157–170, 2011.

"The McGill Digital Orchestra: An Interdisciplinary Project on Digital Musical Instruments". Sean Ferguson and Marcelo M. Wanderley. Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies, 4(2):17–35, 2010.

"Gesture Control of Sound Synthesis: Analysis and Classification of Percussion Gestures." Alexandre Bouënard, Marcelo M. Wanderley and Sylvie Gibet. Acta Acustica united with Acustica, Special issue on Natural and Virtual Instruments: Control, Gesture and Player Interaction, 96(4):668–677, 2010.

"Detecting overblown flute fingerings from the residual noise spectrum." Vincent Verfaille, Philippe Depalle, and Marcelo Wanderley. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 127(1):534–541, 2010.

"Sensor Choice for Parameter Modulations in Digital Musical Instruments: Empirical Evidence from Pitch Modulation." Mark T. Marshall, Max Hartshorn, Marcelo M. Wanderley, and Daniel J. Levitin. Journal of New Music Research, 38(3):241–253, 2009.

"Music and Motion – How Music-related Ancillary Body Movements Contribute to the Experience of Music." Manfred Nussek and Marcelo M. Wanderley. Music Perception, 26(4):335–353, 2009.

"A Run-time Programmable Simulator to Enable Multimodal Interaction with Rigid Body Systems." Stephen Sinclair and Marcelo M. Wanderley. Interacting with Computers, 21(1-2):54–63, 2009.

Book chapters

"Input Devices and Music Interaction". Joseph Malloch, Stephen Sinclair, Avrum Hollinger and Marcelo M. Wanderley. In Jorge Solis and Kia Ng, eds, Musical Robots and Interactive Music Systems, Springer Verlag, 2011.

"Projeto e Utilização de Instrumentos Musicais Digitais." Marcelo M. Wanderley. In  Keller, D. (ed.), Criação Musical e Tecnologias: Teoria e Prática Interdisciplinar 1, ANPOM (In Portuguese), 2010.

"Musical Gesture: Concepts and Methods in Research." Alexander Refsum Jensenius, Marcelo M. Wanderley, Rolf Inge Godøy and Marc Leman. In Rolf Inge Godøy and Marc Leman, ed. Musical Gestures: Sound, Movement and Meaning. New York: Routledge, pp 12-35, 2010.