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Workshop 3: 14 October 2011 and 7 September 2012

Shaping music in performance: Workshop 3

Music visualisation

King’s College London, 14 October 2011 and TU-Berlin, 7 September 2012

The two music visualisation workshops (together constituting Workshop 3 of the ‘Shaping music in performance’ project) were initiated and organised by Dan Tidhar. They provided a platform for exchange of ideas and research output between the ‘Shaping music in performance’ research team, and other researchers in areas related to music visualisation.

The first half of the workshop took place at King’s College London on 14 October 2011, and included several invited speakers and a panel discussion. Professor Elaine Chew (Queen Mary, University of London) opened the workshop with a keynote talk entitled ‘Musical trajectories: humour, structure, and interpretation’, which included a systematic overview of several previous projects related to visualisation; Mats Küssner (King’s College London) presented his previous work on Music and Shape with tablet drawings; Matthias Mauch (Last.Fm) presented his Audio Flowers visualisation project, and Michael Takeo Magruder (Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London) presented several case studies in which inherently non-visual cultural materials have provided the source fabric for visual and audio-visual artworks. The panel discussion, which included all speakers as well as Daniel Leech-Wilkinson and Dan Tidhar, included a systematic discussion about the nature of music visualisation as well as a fruitful exchange of ideas and inspiration for the remaining part of the Shapes project.

The second half of the workshop took place at the Technische Universität – Berlin on 7 September 2012, and was focused on research outcomes and technical issues. A large part of the workshop included demonstration and hands-on experience of visualisation systems and their underlying software elements. Dan Tidhar (King’s College London) talked about the challenges posed by the Shapes project and presented alternative visualisation strategies and software tools. Frederik Olofsson (University of the Arts, Berlin) presented tools and approaches to artistic visualisation of music in real time, mostly in the context of live performance. Hendrik Purwins (Technische Universität Berlin) talked about statistical models for music representation and neural correlates of music and 3D vision.