Personal tools

The Science and Technology of Music

Home Activities Distinguished Lectures Roger Dannenberg, Carnegie Mellon University, USA: Music understanding and the future of music performance

Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Roger Dannenberg, Carnegie Mellon University, USA: Music understanding and the future of music performance

— filed under:

  • Distinguished Lecture
When Sep 12, 2013
from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Tanna Schulich Hall, New Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke Street West.
Add event to calendar vCal

The wine and cheese reception following the lecture will take place in room A832 & A833 (8th floor of the New Music Building).


Music understanding is the automatic recognition of pattern and structure in music. Music understanding problems include 

  1. (1) matching and searching symbolic and audio music sequences, 
  2. (2) parsing music to discover musical objects such as sections, notes, and beats, and 
  3. (3) the interpretation and generation of expressive music performance. 

In spite of some impressive results, music understanding is only beginning to find a range of applications. I will describe how current research might impact music performance in the future through intelligent audio editors, computer support for popular music performance, and intelligent music displays. 


Roger B. Dannenberg, Professor of Computer Science, Art, and Music at Carnegie Mellon University has performed pioneering work in computer music for three decades. His work in computer accompaniment led to three patents and the SmartMusic system now used by over one hundred thousand music students. He also played a central role in the development of the Piano Tutor and Rock Prodigy, both interactive, multimedia music education systems, and Audacity, the free audio editor used by millions. Dannenberg is also known for introducing functional programming concepts to describe real-time behavior, an approach that forms the foundation for Nyquist, a widely used sound synthesis language. As a composer, Dannenberg's works have been performed by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and at many festivals. As a trumpet player, he has collaborated with musicians including Anthony Braxton, Eric Kloss, and Roger Humphries, and performed in concert halls ranging from the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem to the Espace de Projection at IRCAM. Dannenberg is active in performing jazz, classical, and new works. 



APA video citation:

Dannenberg, R. (2014, April 11). Music understanding and the future of music performance -
CIRMMT Distinguished Lectures in the Science and Technology of Music. [Video file].
Retrieved from
Document Actions