NESS (standing for Next-Generation Sound Synthesis) is a five-year ERC-funded project concerned with simulation-based sound synthesis and audio rendering, high performance computing, and electronic music composition.

A joint project between the Acoustics and Audio Group and the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC), it is now in its final months, and was invited to the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris in order to give a day-long series of talks and performances of multichannel synthetic electronic music.

On hand to present were Stefan Bilbao (NESS PI), PhD students Charlotte Desvages and Reg Harrison, postdoctoral research assistants Dr. Craig Webb, Dr. Brian Hamilton and Newton International Fellow Dr. Michele Ducceschi, and EPCC staff James Perry, Alan Gray, Paul Graham, and Kostas Kavoussanakis. In addition, three composers who have worked extensively with the NESS Project presented pieces: Dr. Gordon Delap, of the NUI Maynooth, Trevor Wishart, and Gadi Sassoon.

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