Andre Holzapfel

Music Research

Bogazici University







Private Life


Short Biography:

Since October 1, 2016, I am an Assistant Professor in the Media Technology and Interaction Design department, within the School of Computer Science and Communication at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, in Stockholm, Sweden. While the precise definition of my research directions here in the department is in process, my research is within the area of Sound and Music Computing (SMC). Until now, it had a strong focus on Music Information Retrieval, such as the development of beat and meter tracking in musical audio signals. Apart from that my research also extends to areas of Ethnomusicology and (to smaller extent) music theory, especially related to aspects of musical rhythm. Examples of my potential research tasks in future at KTH lie within SMC applications for music therapy and rehabilitation, interactive sonfication and music performance.
Besides my research related to SMC, I also pursue a 2nd PhD in the field of Ethnomusicology at the MIAM institute in Istanbul.
Before moving to Stockholm, I was a Austrian Science Fund fellow at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI). My project aimed at discovering rhythmic characteristics in various musics by using combinations of Bayesian methods and deep learning, see an abstract here. Due to my change to KTH, this project was suspended, but colleagues at OFAI continue working on deep understanding of deep learning in their SALSA project.
From 2013-15 I was in a Marie Curie project named "RhythMus", focused on the analysis of rhythmic aspects in Turkish Makam music. This research was conducted at the Boğaziçi University in the team of Taylan Cemgil. The work was closely related to the Compmusic project, in which I worked the year before, and the focus of my work was exploring rhythmic and tonal properties of Turkish Makam music.
Before I was with INESC Porto for a one-year post-doc project on "Music Synthesis by Analysis". From September 2010 until February 2011 I was invited for a mini post-doc OFAI in Vienna, working on improvement of rhythm descriptors.
On 2 March 2010, I successfully defended my Ph.D. thesis which has been conducted in the Multimedia Informatics Lab at University of Crete. Between October 2009 and June 2010 I was a lecturer at the Department of Music Technology & Acoustics at the Technological Educational Institute of Crete.
My research interests are focused on the computational analysis of the musics of the world, taking into account the related cultural concepts. The subject of my thesis was the development of methods for analysis and information retrieval of traditional forms of music. The goal was to detect automatically morphological similarities between different pieces. The thesis was supervised by Yannis Stylianou. My PhD work was funded by the Institute of Computer Science.
I graduated in 2004 at the Department of Media at University of Applied Sciences in Duesseldorf Germany, and received a master degree at the Department of Computer Science at University of Crete in 2006.
Before attending the postgraduate programme in Crete, I was working as a software developer at Creamware Datentechnik. There I was in charge of the development of electronic tube and electric circuit emulations, which are now used in the Dynatube guitar and bass amplifier plugins.
Click here for a CV.