interdisciplinary research studio-lab

labXmodal is a studio-lab founded by Chris Salter dedicated to the research, development, and creation of performative environments - physical spaces with a focus on dynamic and temporal processes over static objects and representations. We research and develop new hardware and software sensing technologies, apply these tools and techniques in solo + collaborative, internationally disseminated artistic works and critically reflect on these practices through technical and theoretical/historical publications, talks and public presentations.

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Xmodal is dedicated to

a deeper exploration of the concept of interaction that goes beyond the traditional, one to one relationship between user and computer and instead towards that of the embodied inhabitant in complex, dynamic media environments. To accomplish this, Xmodal focuses on interdisciplinary research-based practice involving visual and performing artists, designers, engineers and computer scientists, acousticians and audio experts, anthropologists, architects, philosophers and cultural critics.

Xmodal was established in

April 2006. It is affiliated with the Hexagram Institute for Research-Creation in Media Arts and Technology and the Department of Design and Computation Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University.

Xmodal is directed by

Dr. Chris Salter and funded through grants from the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Hexagram Institute for Research-Creation in Media Arts and Sciences, the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Quebec (CALQ), the Office of the Vice President of Research – Concordia University and Faculty Research and Development Funds, Concordia University.


Public forums, a symposium, and commissioned essays/projects examining phenomena that go beyond static representations of the urban environment

Low Cost, Open Source Wireless Sensor Infrastructure for Live Performance and Interactive, Real-Time Environments

Interactive, dynamically changing auditory “scenography” for the stage.

A collaborative research project to develop home made sensors using readily available industrial materials such as paper

A collaborative research project to develop interactive textiles


Research Director

Chris Salter, Ph.D.

Chris Salter is an artist based in Montréal, Canada and Berlin, Germany. His artistic and research interests revolve around the development and production of real time, computationally-augmented responsive performance environments fusing space, sound, image, architectural material and sensor-based technologies. Such projects range from small and large scale, public driven installations where the line between spectators and performers is blurred to traditional performance environments with trained performers that are augmented with computational and media systems.
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Visiting Post Doctoral Researcher

Marije Baalman, Ph.D.

Marije Baalman studied Applied Physics at the Technical University in Delft and graduated in February 2002 on the topic of Perceptual Acoustics. In 2001/2002 she followed the Sonology Course at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. She completed her Ph.D. on Wave Field Synthesis and electro-acoustic music in 2007 at the Electronic Studio of the Technical University of Berlin. Currently she is a post-doctoral researcher in Computation Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. Her research goes into the use of wireless networks for live performance (such as dance and music), and installations. She has performed and exhibited work across Europe (STEIM, WORM (NL), EXIT festival (F), Club Transmediale (D)) and beyond (Electrofringe (AU)). She is a contributor to “The SuperCollider Book” (MIT Press, coming up in 2010).

Research Coordinator

Brett Bergmann

Research Assistants

Harry Smoak

Vincent De Belleval

Shannon Collis

Patricia Duquette

Nick Munoz

Research Collaborator, Co-PI

Marcelo Wanderley, Ph.D.

Marcelo M. Wanderley was born in Curitiba, Brazil, in 1965. He holds a B.Eng. in electrical engineering from the Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR), Curitiba, Brazil, a M.Eng. in integrated analog circuit design from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianópolis, Brazil, and a Ph.D. from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris VI in Paris, on acoustics, signal processing, and computer science applied to music.

From 1996 to 2001, Dr. Wanderley was with the Analysis/Synthesis Team at Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris, where he studied ways of designing new musical instruments based on computer-generated sound. He is currently Assistant Professor and Music Technology Area Chair at McGill’s Faculty of Music, in Montreal. His main research interests include human-computer interaction, input device design and evaluation, gestural control of sound synthesis, as well as sensor design and data acquisition

External Researcher, Architecture

Justine Chibuk

Research Assistants, IDMIL, McGill University

Joseph Malloch

Joseph Malloch is a graduate student in music technology in the Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory at McGill University. His current research focuses on the design and construction of new electronic musical instruments and controllers. Born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Joseph Malloch has worked professionally as a composer, performer, arranger, and sound designer. He has appeared on CD recordings by The Guthries, Hopeful Monster, and Ryan Roberts, and has performed in hundreds of live shows and concerts.

Joseph Thibodeau