DAFx-10 was successfully taking place in Graz, Austria, September 6-10, 2010.
(pictures by: T. Bauer, F. Zotter, A. Castonguay, H. Pomberger)
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Welcome to DAFx-10!
On behalf of the DAFx 2010 Conference Committee, we would like to warmly welcome you to the 13th edition of the Digital Audio Effects Conference in Graz, Austria.
To begin with, let us first introduce our city. Graz, located on the downs at the border of the Alps offers a unique southern charm. Visitors discover narrow hidden alleys, romantic picturesque courtyards, glamorous palazzi and playful places. Cobblestone and red tiled roofs in the main centre of the old city characterize the first impression. Graz has one of the best-preserved historic centers in Europe. It has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1999 for its delicate composition: buildings and art from famous Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architects and artists under Germanic, Balkans, and Mediterranean influence is found closely spaced in a gentle synthesis. In-between, new architecture is found enhancing or contrasting the older buildings. In 2003, Graz was designated European Capital of Culture, and the city applied for the UNESCO City of Design. Contemporarily, Graz with its various venues of art, its universities for various academic disciplines keeps being a place for both mind and muse. Within this marvelous site, shopping or sightseeing can easily be accompanied with a cup of latte macchiato near the river Mur. Moreover, exceptional gastronomical qualities can be found serving delicious and regional food and great wines from the surrounding countryside. As for a felicitous stay, Graz offers perfect balance of cultural activities and delicious dolce far niente - the sweetness of doing nothing.
This year's DAFx is organized and hosted by the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. Founded in 1965, IEM is currently considered Austria's leading research institution in acoustics and audio engineering and has gained international reputation during the last decade for its research on spatial audio processing, psychoacoustic evaluation experiments, computer music, and the assistance in opera productions with live electronics and spatial sound. Moreover, most scholars in Austria who are interested in computer music, musical acoustics, recording, live-electronics, spatial sound and psychoacoustics are aware of courses offered by IEM in different academic curricula. Clearly, coverage of all those aspects is inherently multidisciplinary, bringing together arts, technology, and science. Most prominently, this manifests in the inter-university curriculum electrical engineering and audio engineering that offers both musical training and technical education. This unique program is based on long-term ties between IEM and the Electrical Engineering Department of the Graz University of Technology, and it is a bridge between arts and technical science that can be described as: audio engineers are technicians in the field of music. Regarding this constellation, hosting DAFx-10 at the University of Music and Performing Arts, with the oral sessions held at the facilities of the Graz University of Technology is not accidental; it is part of our mission.
According the submitted papers, both the DAFx10 program and the proceedings are structured in three mostly traditional key issues of the DAFx. In the first block computer models for sound synthesis are discussed, aiming at new virtual instruments, accurate models of physical or electronic instruments or audio devices. The second block deals with the extraction of audible information or high-level features from audio material or audio scenes. The third block discusses techniques for analytic audio signal transformation and manipulation. In addition to this program, the organizers added keynotes featuring the topics sonic interaction design (Thomas Hermann), soundscape and sound design (Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp), signal analysis between physics and perception (Axel Röbel), and tutorials about spatial audio (Ramani Duraiswami, Franz Zotter, Hannes Pomberger) and auditory models (Bernhard Laback, Piotr Majdak). We gratefully thank all the authors for submitting their works and all the reviewers ensuring a high quality of the scientific program of DAFx-10. Our special thanks go to Robert Höldrich, Vice-Rector of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, for enabling DAFx-10 in Graz and Hans Sünkel, Rector of the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), for providing the venue for the DAFx-10 lectures, poster sessions, coffee-breaks and lunch-times at the TU campus.
Complementing the scientific program of the conference, the social program of the DAFx-10 intends to provide a brief impression including some afore-mentioned cultural highlights, and a concert with a contemporary computer music program featuring pieces by Natasha Barrett, Ramón González-Arroyo, Jörn Nettingsmeier, David Pirrò and Gerriet K. Sharma. Regarding the concert, our thanks go to the Comedia project for financial support and to Winfried Ritsch and Peter Plessas for organizing this event.
Thanks to our sponsors: the research and science department of the Styrian government for enabling DAFx-10 with their financial support, the governor Franz Voves for his invitation to the welcome reception of the government; the mayor Siegfried Nagl and the Unviersalmuseum Joanneum for supporting the reception at the Kunsthaus Graz with the admission to its art gallery; AVL List GmbH and Graz Tourismus for equipping our guests with such useful accessories like bags, ballpoint pens, umbrellas and city maps.
We thank the organizers of DAFx-09, Augusto Sarti and Fabio Antonacci, for friendly sharing their practical experience in organizing a DAFx-conference with us. Not to forget all other helping hands that made the organization of DAFx-10 possible: Thank you!
Concluding, we wish you successful working days in Graz, with many interesting contributions, discussions, hopefully some answers and presumably even more new questions. Enjoy yourself in Graz.
Graz, August 18, 2010
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