Sylvain Le Beux

Sylvain Le Beux

Post-Doctoral Student at Music Technology
PBEEE Grant as Visiting Researcher from FQRNT
Coordinators : Pr. P. Depalle & Pr. M. Wanderley

Research Interests

  • Voice Analysis & Synthesis
  • Prosody & Voice Quality
  • Expressivity in Voice
  • Gesture Control & HCI
  • Digital Music Instruments

Academic Background

  • M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Signal Processing (CPE Lyon)
  • M.Sc. Embedded Systems & Information Processing (Paris-Sud XI University)
  • PhD from Paris-Sud XI University, Physics Department (Signal Processing)
    • title : “Gestural Control of Prosody and Voice Quality”
    • supervisor : D.R. Christophe d'Alessandro, LIMSI-CNRS

Current Projects

  • Haptic Control of Singing Voice Modifications

Past Projects

  • Gestural Control of Prosody
  • Gestural Control of a Voice Quality Synthesizer
  • ORA project : Augmented Reality with an Organ


  • Sylvain Le Beux, Contrôle gestuel de la prosodie et de la qualité vocale , Université Paris-Sud XI Orsay, France, Décembre 2009
    • Jury : C. d'Alessandro (Dir. de thèse), R. Bresin (examinateur), G. Charbonneau (examinateur), P. Depalle (relecteur), G. Richard (relecteur).
Journal Papers
  • (submitted) C. d'Alessandro, A. Rilliard & S. Le Beux, Chironomic stylization of intonation Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
  • C. Jacquemin, R. Ajaj, S. Le Beux, C. d Alessandro, M. Noisternig, B. F. G. Katz, B. Planes. (à paraître) Organ Augmented Reality: Audio-Graphical Augmentation of a Classical Instrument , Special Issue of International Journal of Creative Interfaces and Computer Graphics, IJCICG, 2010.
  • N. D'Alessandro, P. Woodruff, Y. Fabre, T. Dutoit, S. Le Beux, B. Doval, C. d'Alessandro Realtime and accurate musical control of expression in singing synthesis , in Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces, Vol. 1-1, mars 2007, pp. 31-39, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg
Conference Papers
  • S. Le Beux, B. Doval & C. d'Alessandro, Issues and Solutions Related to Real-Time TD-PSOLA Implementation 128th AES Convention, May 2010, London.
  • S. Le Beux, C. d'Alessandro, A. Rilliard, B. Doval, Calliphony: A system for real-time gestural modification of intonation and rhythm , Speech Prosody 2010, Chicago.
  • C. d'Alessando, M. Noisternig, S. Le Beux, L. Picinali, B. FG Katz, C. Jacquemin, R. Ajaj, B. Planes, N. Strurmel, N. Delprat. (2009). The ORA Project: Audio-Visual Live Electronics and the Pipe Organ . In Proceedings International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2009). Montreal, Canada. August 16-21, 2009.
  • C. Jacquemin, R. Ajaj, S. Le Beux, C. d Alessandro, M. Noisternig, B. F. G. Katz, B. Planes. (2009). The Glass Organ: Musical Instrument Augmentation for Enhanced Transparency . In Proceedings 9th International Symposium on SmartGraphics 2009. pp. 179-190. Salamanca, Spain. May 28-30 2009.
  • S. Le Beux, A. Rilliard, C. d'Alessandro Calliphony: a real-time intonation controller for expressive speech synthesis , Proc. 6th ISCA Workshop on Speech Synthesis, Bonn, Allemagne, 2007.
  • C. d'Alessandro, A. Rilliard, S. Le Beux Computerized chironomy : evaluation of hand-controlled intonation reiteration , Proc. INTERSPEECH 2007, pp. 1270-1273, Anvers, Belgique.
  • C. d'Alessandro, N. D'Alessandro, S. Le Beux, B. Doval Comparing time domain and spectral domain voice source models for gesture controlled vocal instruments , Proc. 5th International Conference on Voice Phhysiology and Biomechanics (ICVPB'06), pp. 49-52, Tokyo, Japon.
  • S. Le Beux Modification en temps réel des paramètres prosodiques et de qualité vocale de la parole grâce au contrôle gestuel et les relations entre l'expressivité de la voix et l'intention gestuelle , Proc. Journées Jeunes Chercheurs en Audition, Acoustique Musicale et Signal Audio 2006, Lyon, France
  • N. D'Alessandro, C. d'Alessandro, S. Le Beux, B. Doval Real-time CALM Synthesizer: New Approaches in Hands-Controlled Voice Synthesis , Proc. of New Interfaces for Musical Instruments Intl. Conference 2006, IRCAM, Paris
Workshops Proceedings
  • N. D'Alessandro, B. Doval, S. Le Beux, P. Woodruff, Y. Fabre RAMCESS: Realtime and Accurate Musical Control of Expression in Singing Synthesis , Proc. of eNTERFACE 2006 Workshop, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  • C. d'Alessandro, N. D'Alessandro, S. Le Beux, J. Simko, F. Cetin, H. Pirker The Speech Conductor: Gestural Control of Speech Synthesis , Proc. of eNTERFACE 2005 Workshop, Mons, Belgium
Invited Talks
  • Christophe d’Alessandro, Sylvain Le Beux, Albert Rilliard (2008). Vers un modèle cinématique de la prosodie : chironomie assistée par ordinateur. EMUS Expressivity in MUsic and Speech, September 25th-26th 2008, Paris, France.
  • Albert Rilliard, Christophe d’Alessandro, Sylvain Le Beux (2008). Computerized Chironomy: from hand gesture in Gregorian singing to hand-controlled synthesis of intonation. EMUS Expressivity in MUsic and Speech, May 5th 2008, Campinas (Brazil)
  • S. Le Beux Créativité et Education , Rapport de Mémoire de formation ACTA, ENS Cachan, Septembre 2007.
  • S. Le Beux, Contrôle Gestuel de la synthèse de parole , Rapport de Master Recherche SETI, LIMSI-CNRS, 2005.
  • S. Le Beux, Synthèse de la parole à partir du texte , Rapport Interne IRCAM, 2004.

Contact Information:

Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory - IDMIL
Sound Processing and Control Laboratory - SPCL
Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Media Music and Technology - CIRMMT
Schulich School of Music - McGill University
555, Sherbrooke Street West
H3A 1E3 Montreal, Qc, Canada

Fax: +1 (514) 398-2962
Phone: +1 (514) 398-4535 ext. 00271
Email: lebeux [at] music [dot] mcgill [dot] ca