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Workshop on digital musicology: Revisiting the collaborative process between music researchers and computer programmers

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This workshop is organized by Research Axis 2 (Music Information Research) and will be held in A832, on 8th floor of the New Music Building of McGill University. This workshop is free and open to all. Registration is required.

  • Research Workshop
When Mar 20, 2015
from 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Where A832, New Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St. West.
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Using Frans Wiering's (Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands) Distinguished Lecture "Musicology Centered Design" as a point of departure, this Research Axis 2 workshop provides an opportunity for music researchers and computer programmers to discuss both the challenges and rewards that surface during the collaborative process. Presenters will discuss the difficulties they encounter when designing and using technologies, and consider the advantages and limitations that these technologies pose. Following the presentations, all participants and attendees will be invited to discuss their motivations for using digital technologies, reflect on how the collaborative process between researchers and programmers might be improved, and offer suggestions as to how these technologies can be more user friendly.


The slides from Frans Wiering's talk can be found at the end of this document: Frans Wiering slides from Distinguished Lecture


RA2 = CIRMMT: Music Information Research, Axis 2


Ryan Bannon, McGill University

Frédéric Léotar, Université de Montréal

Hubert Léveillé Gauvin, CIRMMT, Schulich School of Music, McGill University (RA2)

Alexander Morgan, McGill University (RA2)

Laura Risk, McGill University

René Rusch, CIRMMT, Schulich School of Music, McGill University (RA2)

Kai Siedenburg, CIRMMT, Schulich School of Music, McGill University

Caroline Traube, CIRMMT, Faculté de musique, Université de Montréal (RA2)

Frans Wiering, Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands

Jonathan Wild, CIRMMT, Schulich School of Music, McGill University (RA2)


  • 9:00-9:15: Welcome. Frans Wiering, opening remarks
  • 9:15-9:35: Caroline Traube: Crossing the Borders between Music and Science: The Ups and Downs of Interdisciplinary Musicology
  • 9:35-9:55: Frédéric Léotar: Music Analysis of Central Asian Lute Melodies: An Interdisciplinary Approach Involving Ethnomusicology and Computing
  • 9:55-10:15: Kai Siedenburg: Culture Clash? On Audio Features for Timbre in Music Information Research and Music Psychology
  • 10:15-10:35: Laura Risk and Lillio Mok: The Fingerprint Algorithm: Detecting and Quantifying Similarity inFiddle Tunes
  • 10:35-10:50Coffee break
  • 10:50-11:10: Hubert Léveillé Gauvin: Keep Calm and Consider a Computational Approach: Creating Bridges Between Computer Science and Musicology
  • 11:10-11:30: Jon Wild and Andie Sigler: Towards automated stylistic fingerprinting of Renaissance polyphony using dissonance-treatment schemata
  • 11:30-11:50: Alex Morgan: Interval Succession Analysis, Dissonance Treatment, and Transparency in Renaissance Treatises and Repertoire
  • 11:50-12:10: René Rusch and Ryan Bannon: Music Analysis as a Workflow? An Automated Approach to Studying Voice Leading in the Bach Chorales
  • 12:10-13:00: Discussion and closing remarks
  • 13:00-14:00Lunch
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