I have always been curious about sound.
What makes sound, music?
What is music for? What does it mean to be creative?
I did my undergrad in Engineering Physics at IIT Madras (India) where I learnt about Signal Processing and its applications to speech in addition to the acoustics of instruments. I then spent a year at Stanford University’s CCRMA, learning about the vast expanse of creative research in sound. I then pursued my grad studies at Music Technology Group (UPF, Barcelona) exploring deep learning for music neural synthesis. I then spent a few months building digital and semi modular synthesizers in Mumbai with Animal Factory Amplifications.
I am now pursuing my graduate research at the “Opera of the Future” group under the guidance of Tod Machover at the MIT Media Labs (2019 onwards). My interests are currently in understanding timbre, computational creativity, music information retrieval and HCI for interacting with sound. Through my PhD work I am exploring the new paradigms of AI in music making for casual creators, expert musicians and representations of musical cultures. To be human is to be a human with a unique set of experiences and opinions. I look towards a future where AI musical instruments can be molded and shaped in the hands and ideas of an individual – be it a composer, a folk story-teller or a mother singing a lullaby.
I am also an active instigator at the Music Tech Community India, enabling an ecosystem of music technology researchers, artists, students and enterpreneurs through workshops, hackathons and community building.
My dream job is a workshop where I will create new forms of interactions and communications with sound and spend an eternity creating.
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‘ଧ୍ୱନି’ କିପରି ‘ସଂଗୀତରେ’ ପରିଣତ ହୁଏ? (Odia Script)
My goal is to constantly engage and excel in all four aspects shown here – To keep imagining, making, sharing and enabling.
I maintain a scratchpad of all my ideas that I use to find a new thing to work on constantly.
Here (portfolio) is a link to some of the things I’ve made.
I share through my publications, applications, hackathons, conference demos and talks.
Over the last year, I, and a few of my colleagues, have initiated the “Music Tech Community India” – an open community of developers, artists, engineers, researchers and creators that can collaborate, share and contribute. I have been conducting talks, workshops and hosting guest seminars in addition to curating tutorials, datasets, resources and interviews with researchers, artists, startup founders etc. With every year, I learnt more about the nature of a vastly inter-disciplinary field like Music Technology. Such a community, if existed, would have helped me immensely as I was starting out my career and therefore, I am motivated to provide the same for others around me.
If you have any creative ideas you would like to share especially if they have to do with sound, write to me at manaswimishra17ATgmail.com
(Dated – 2018) – Link to Download – resume_manaswi
Thanks to Mayukh Goswami for creating my avatar. His art and pursuits can be found here.