Dr. Cory McKay

Professor: Marianopolis College

Regular / Full Member: CIRMMT

Principle Designer: jMIR

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


Cory McKay is a Montréal-based professor of music and humanities at Marianopolis College, a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) and a private research consultant specializing in music and machine learning. He has dozens of often-cited peer-reviewed publications and has an excellent record at winning academic grants. His multidisciplinary credentials include a Ph.D. and an M.A. in music technology from McGill University, as well as B.Sc. and B.A. degrees in physics, music and computer science from McGill and the University of Guelph.

Cory’s recent work as a co-investigator in the SIMSSA and MIRAI projects focuses on using statistical and machine learning-based techniques to find and understand patterns in early music, particularly with respect to composer attribution and the delineation of musical style. This work also involves developing repositories for storing and sharing early music research corpora in digital forms. Cory supervises graduate and undergrad research assistants working on SIMSSA, and also contributes direct research and software development. His industry work, in contrast, has focused 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.

Cory is also deeply involved in student life at Marianopolis College, where he is the director of MLOrk, the college’s laptop computer orchestra. He also co-organized the annual two-week ArtsFest festival for several years, and has coached the college’s R4TT trivia team to multiple Québec championships. 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, live music performance with computers, and video games. He has also supervised many independent graduating student course projects and recitals.

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