Matthias Demoucron

I develop new technologies for music, but I am also passionate about technology enhanced learning and new artistic experiences based on innovation. In these domains, I like to see myself at the edge of an ancient world where I feel confortable and a new exciting world to explore. On one hand, my strong classical music education led me to value traditions, time consuming activities, and skills acquired through hard work. On the other hand, whatever the problem at hand, I cannot prevent myself from trying to find technological ways to solve it, optimise its resolution, make it easier and more efficient. I think that technology can help us getting rid of tedious tasks in order to focus on creativity, but I also think that this process can eventually open up new paths for expressivity and some sort of innovative crafts based on technologies.

Music Production / Acoustics / Virtual Instruments / Artificial Intelligence / Audio Processing



Selected Publications

Demoucron, M. (2015). The performance of bow changes: some mechanical aspects. Acta Acustica united with Acustica, 101(2), 331-346.

Fritz, T. H., Hardikar, S., Demoucron, M., Niessen, M., Demey, M., Giot, O., ... & Leman, M. (2013). Musical agency reduces perceived exertion during strenuous physical performance. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 110(44), 17784-17789.

Schoonderwaldt, E., Demoucron, M., Altenmüller E., & Leman M. (2013). Auditory perception of note transitions in simulated complex bowing patterns. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133(6), 4311–4320.

Schoonderwaldt, E., & Demoucron, M. (2009). Extraction of bowing parameters from violin performance combining motion capture and sensors. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 126, 2695.

Demoucron, M., Askenfelt, A., & Caussé, R. (2009). Measuring bow force in bowed string performance: Theory and implementation of a bow force sensor. Acta Acustica united with Acustica, 95(4), 718-732.


Matthias Demoucron studied physics, computer science and music, and holds a PhD degree from the University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, and the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (School of Computer Science and Communication). As a PhD student, he worked at the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM, Paris) and the Speech, Music and Hearing Laboratory (TMH, Stockholm). Then, he held a postdoctoral position at the Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music (IPEM, Ghent University, Belgium). At this time, his research focused on the analysis of musical performance, sound synthesis and physical modeling of musical instruments, in particular bowed strings instruments. After these academic experiences, he developed a virtual violin on IOS devices and he specialized in audio development and smartphone development, working as a freelance on several commercial and artistic projects. He is working now in the Music Team at SONY CSL Paris, developing audio processes for musicians and music producers.

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