Dr. Cory McKay

Professor: Marianopolis College

Regular member: CIRMMT

Principle designer: jMIR

E-mail: cory.mckay@mail.mcgill.ca


Cory McKay is a professor of music and humanities at Marianopolis College, a regular member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) and a private research consultant specializing in machine learning and music. His multidisciplinary background in computer science, physics, jazz and sound recording has helped him produce many academic publications in a diverse range of fields linked to music. He received his Ph.D., M.A. and B.Sc. from McGill University, completed his B.A. at the University of Guelph and did a postdoc at the University of Waikato.

Cory’s current research as a co-investigator in the SIMSSA and MIRAI projects focuses on using machine learning and statistical analysis to find and understand patterns in early music, particularly with respect to composer attribution, genre, regional traits and the general delineation of musical style. This work also involves developing repositories and frameworks for sharing music research corpora in digital forms. His industry work, in contrast, focuses on researching and refining automatic music production algorithms. He is also the primary designer of the jMIR multimodal software framework for performing music information retrieval (MIR) research, which includes the jSymbolic framework for extracting musical features from digital scores.

Cory is also deeply involved in student life at Marianopolis, where he is director of the college’s laptop computer orchestra (MLOrk). He also coaches the college’s R4TT trivia team, which has won multiple Québec provincial championships, and he co-organized the annual two-week ArtsFest festival for several years. He has also been very active at the administrative committee level, where he has held a wide variety of both elected and appointed positions. His teaching focuses on sound recording, audio production, performing live music with computers, psychoacoustics and video games. He has also supervised many graduating student independent course projects and recitals.

He also apparently has a penchant for anachronistic personal web sites authored in old-school HTML.

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