Musical Instruments for interacting with Creative Commons audio


audio commons

The Audio Commons Initiative aims at bringing Creative Commons audio content to the creative community and industries by supporting an ecosystem of tools and technologies that facilitates access and reuse of open audio content. The consortium behind the Audio Commons Initiative is formed by leading research institutes in sound and music computing from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Queen Mary University of London and University of Surrey; and key players in the creative industries including Jamendo, Waves and Audiogaming. For the Sónar+D Innovation Challenge we propose to integrate Creative Commons audio and audio analysis technologies into a music creation workflow.

Audio Commons challenges participants to build a musical instrument that leverages online audio collections and our audio analysis tools.

main aspects to be explored

  • Building a (hardware/software) musical instrument (e.g., a sampler)
    • Can be used for real-time performance
    • Interactive physical interface, use of a custom/existing MIDI controller
  • Working with Creative Commons audio from online repositories
    • Use Audio Commons, Freesound and Jamendo API(s)
  • Using audio analysis for content-based sound discovery
    • Use audio analysis tools such as Essentia or VAMP plugins
    • How to make it simple for a user to find sounds?
    • How to play with sounds using sound descriptors?


challenger profiles

  • UI / UX designer
  • Technologist and musician / sound artist
  • Developer / creative coder
  • Music technology researcher

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