Néstor Nápoles López

Néstor Nápoles López

PhD Candidate in Music Technology

McGill University


I am interested in all of the ways in which modern technologies can help us to learn, understand, create, and enjoy music.


  • Computational Music Theory
  • Music Information Retrieval
  • Deep Learning
  • Symbolic and Audio Music Representations
  • Game Development


  • PhD in Music Technology, 2022

    McGill University, Montréal

  • MSc in Sound and Music Computing, 2017

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

  • Licenciatura en Informática, 2013

    Universidad de Guadalajara, México



PhD Research Assistant

Distributed Digital Music Archives and Libraries

Sep 2017 – Present Montréal
Research on Music Information Retrieval topics related with tonal music. Also supporting several projects within the Single Interface for Music Score Search and Analysis (SIMSSA) project.

MSc Research Assistant

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Nov 2016 – Jun 2017 Barcelona
Analysis of harmony in Western tonal music. As part of my MSc, I created a roman numeral analysis dataset of Joseph Haydn’s Op.20 string quartets.

Graphics Software Security Engineer

Intel Corporation

Oct 2014 – Aug 2016 Guadalajara
C/C++/Python tool developer for software security analysis.

Software Engineer


Aug 2013 – Sep 2014 Guadalajara
C++ developer.

Recent Publications

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Barberpole Phasing and Flanging Illusions

MATLAB implementation of a barberpole phasing and flanging illusion discussed in Esqueda et al. (2015).

Boss DS-1

Implementation of the Boss DS-1 distortion pedal model presented by Yeh et al. (2007) in DaFx.

Brahms Op.118 No.2

A short analytical essay on Brahms Intermezzo Op.118 No.2.

HMM for Key Detection

Design and implementation of a symbolic key detection model.


A classical guitar piece synthesized with varying degrees of inharmonicity.

Melodic Tension Experiment

A short experiment on melodic tension.

Musical Tic-Tac-Toe

A turn-based game mechanic about musical cadences and chords.