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Associate Arts Professor of Music Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BM Polytechnic of Porto, School of Music and Performing Arts; MA, PhD New York University
Research Areas: automatic music generation, interactive music systems
Carlos Guedes is a Portuguese composer, media artist, educator, and researcher, with a multifaceted activity whose creative work comprises several commissions of music for contemporary dance, theater, film and interactive installations, aside from traditional concert music. His music has been heard in places such as The Kitchen, Joyce SoHo, Judson Church, ArCo, De Waag, SXSW, Teatro Nacional de S. João, SIGGRAPH, Shanghai eArts, Casa da Música, Expo ’98, Porto 2001, Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture, Beijing Modern Music Festival 2016, and Sharjah Flag Island Festival.
Recent presentations of musical work include “1985” for soprano sax, snare drum, electronics and smartphones (2015) at Berklee College of Music’s Interdisciplinary Arts Institute and Noisegate Festival in New York. His piece “Jinn” (2016) a choreomusical work in collaboration with Kirk Woolford (motion capture & animation), Nella Turkki (choreography & dance), Cristina Ioan (flute & voice), Saguenail (video) and João Menezes (sound recording) was recently premiered at NYU Abu Dhabi. "La brume, et la plume du poète qui inquiète" for string orchestra (2013) had its China premiere at the Beijing Modern Music Festival 2016. He also started a duo with saxophonist Emil Sein, and premiered a full program of his works for saxophone and electronics at the Sharjah Flag Island Festival in December 2016.
He recorded "Sweet Drama" for big band, and "The Strings, the Springs among other Things", for big band and string quartet with Orquestra de Jazz de Matosinhos (Portugal) and recorded an album of improvised music with Susana Santos Silva (trumpet), Jorge Queijo (drums, percussion), Akashay Anantapadmanabhan (percussion) and João Menezes (live electronics).
Carlos Guedes has had responsibilities in the creation and improvement of several academic programs in music composition and multimedia in Portugal, including the doctoral program in Digital Media at the University Porto, in association with the New University of Lisbon and the University of Texas at Austin. He was also part of the advisory committee in the creation of UT Austin's Center for Arts and Entertainment Technologies.
At NYU Abu Dhabi, he served as the head of the Music Program between 2013 and 2016, playing a seminal role in its development. He coordinated the music program curriculum structuring and its recent reaccreditation by the UAE authorities; oversaw the completion of the facilities and acquisition of equipment to support the diverse range of musical activities; and was responsible for recruiting the key personnel for technical team as well as adjunct faculty in performance to serve in the multifaceted nature of this program.
During the academic year of 2015-2016, he also developed strategic partnerships with NYU Shanghai's Interactive Media Arts and NYU Steinhardt's Music Technology programs and was the co-responsible for the creation of the minor in Sound and Music Computing (Music and Computer Science), one of the first interdivisional minors at NYUAD.
In research, Carlos Guedes’s interests lie in the creation of automatic music generation and interactive music systems to facilitate musical creation and expression by non-specialists. He was the co-founder of the Sound and Music Computing Group at INESC TEC (Portugal), a group that counts several internationally funded projects in the areas of Music Information Retrieval and Automatic Music Generation.
Since coming to NYUAD, Carlos Guedes is interested in developing a research agenda that involves the analysis and preservation of music from the Gulf and Middle East, South India, and East Africa, and is currently the co-PI on two important funded projects at NYUAD in collaboration with NYU New York: “Cross-disciplinary and multicultural perspectives on musical rhythm” and “Creation and Analysis of a Digital Repository of Middle Eastern Music.” Other projects include the Sounds of Sir Bani Yas Island website, a soundmap containing geo-located recordings of different places in this Island, taken at different periods. This project, in collaboration with his students from Designing Sound for Scene and Screen, has as goals to record, analyze, and preserve the soundscape of this protected site while developing innovative methodologies for environmental monitoring and soundscape analysis using current web streaming technologies and inexpensive location devices.
He was one of the co-founders of the Music and Sound Cultures Research Group at NYUAD, a multidisciplinary research group dedicated to the computational understanding of music from the region through methodologically hybrid projects that blur the boundaries between traditional and digital humanities.