In Pursuit of Higher Knowledge


Once upon a time, before the invention of the wheel, I applied for a job at IRCAM in Paris. I was told in the phone interview they were down to two candidates. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be, which in turn meant I never got business cards with the coolest office address in the entire universe: 1, place Igor Stravinsky, 75004 Paris.

This May my dear friend, Belgian composer extraordinaire Daniel Schell, myself, and our esteemed colleague Thomas Pintelon (who also happens to be Daniel’s son-in-law) will be presenting our work on “the optimal connection of chords”, which features heavily in Daniel’s compositional work, at IRCAM. The date is 24th May, the time is 2.30pm, and the address is as stated above. If you’re in the neighbourhood, do drop by, it’s free entry, and if you mention this blog post I will shout you a beer afterwards. There’s a short blurb in French on IRCAM’s pages. (Edit 2013-11-09: The whole presentation was caught on video! I had no idea.)


If you are in Espoo on 29th April, I will be giving a talk titled “Monitoring sleep quality with non-invasive sensors“, which is also the title of my recently completed licentiate thesis. The time is 1.15pm, the location is Tietotekniikan talo (Computer Science building, hall T2) at the Aalto University campus in Otaniemi, it’s likewise free entry, and the beer offer stands for this occasion as well. Welcome.

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