[Report] International Symposium on Musical Acoustics

This week was quite different from the others ! There was an international congress about musical acoustics in my school ! I volunteered for it and here is my report =)


ISMA 2014 logo.

The International Symposium on Musical Acoustics (ISMA) is an international congress dedicated to musical acoustics. It happens every 4 years and this year, it was organized in my school ! It was the only occasion to attend this congress during my years at ENSIM so when one of my teachers asked for volunteers, I replied “yes” automatically!


Ask me anything =)

My role was to welcome and guide attendees. Indeed, Le Mans is a small city and people were coming from all around the world ! So two of us had to wait for attendees at the railway station and guide them to the school for the first keynotes. Because it was a congress on musical acoustics, we hired musicians who were playing with Stroh instruments, which had a great effect on attendees and the public in general : “How the hell does this violin work?!?”

stroh violin

Told you, not a common violin !

Once my mission was achieved, I had the opportunity to attend some talks. That was very interesting because they were talking about applications of acoustics on saxophones, clarinets or guitars, or even the voice. But let’s be honest, I am a freshman in acoustics and the talks were in technical English, so it wasn’t always easy to understand everything!

What surprised me the most was that there were people coming from everywhere ! Most of the scientists were French, but there were people coming from Germany, Netherlands, India, Taïwan, Japan, Canada and many other countries ! As for the US, there was a teacher from Penn State University (PA), PhD candidates from Rollins College (FL), and a researcher probably from Harvard!


ISMA 2014 poster.

This experience was very interesting because it was the first time I could meet so many people interested in acoustics and in music! And because almost all of the attendees were musicians, there was a concert on Tuesday evening! But I must admit it openned my eyes too : I don’t think I will work in musical acoustics. It’s interesting but I don’t think I will make a living from this.

As for the e-mails, I e-mailed 5 new companies and sent a reminder to 2. Only one has replied so far, and the founder feels he’s not the right person to talk to. Once again, I have to be persistent, maybe he will finally accept! But that will be for the next post!

Thanks for reading and tell me if you spotted any English mistake =)