Bicentennial Mini-Science 2021 Explores the Future of Music with Professor Marcelo M. Wanderley

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Published: 10Aug2021
Marcelo Wanderley

Digital technology has radically changed the way music is enjoyed, performed, composed, produced and shared with the world. From streaming services to innovations in musical instruments, modern technology has created new styles and genres to explore.

In his recent Bicentennial Mini-Science 2021 talk, Professor Marcelo Wanderley drew on examples from his interdisciplinary research in music technology, and discussed how computing technology invites us to interact with music differently and speculated on how technology can shape the future of music as we know it. 

Free and open to the McGill community and the general public, Mini-Science is an annual series of nine monthly talks. The 2021 Bicentennial theme of “Resetting for a just future” explores how COVID-19 disrupted the status-quo and how leading McGill scientists have reset their understanding, are rethinking their plans, and how they aim to reshape the future of our world. Participants are invited to interact with speakers and participate in a moderated discussion to develop ideas and visions for the future, together. 

For more information about Professor Wanderley’s talk and to catch up on lectures from the 2021 series, visit the Bicentennial Mini-Science 2021: Shaping the Future of Music event page. The talks from the past 10 years are also available to rewatch and enjoy, with topics such as Women in Science, Weather and Climate, and The Science of Pain and Pseudoscience.

With 4 more talks to come in the Bicentennial Mini-Science 2021 series, you can still join in the conversation! 

Watch Professor Wanderley’s lecture on YouTube.


Marcelo M. Wanderley graduated in electrical engineering at the UFPR and holds a Master’s degree in engineering from UFSC, Brazil and a Ph.D. from Université Pierre et Marie Curie and Ircam, France. He is Full Professor of Music Technology at McGill University, Canada, and International Chair at Inria Lille – Nord Europe, France. He is a member of Computer Music Journal’s Editorial Advisory Board and a senior member of the ACM and of the IEEE. He co-edited the electronic book “Trends in Gestural Control of Music”, 2000, co-authored the textbook “New Digital Musical Instruments: Control and Interaction Beyond the Keyboard”, 2006, and chaired the 2003 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME03). His research interests include the design and evaluation of digital musical instruments and the analysis of performer movements. 

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