Centre research presented at international Music Conferences

Centre research presented at international Music Conferences

Centre staff presented their research recently at the Music Encoding Conference in Tours, France, and The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Music Encoding Conference has emerged as one of the most important venues for scholars, editors, librarians, archivists, publishers, and software developers to meet and discuss digital music notation encoding and its implications for digital scholarship.

The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression gathers researchers and musicians from all over the world to share their knowledge and late-breaking work on new musical interface design.

Centre researcher David Lewis gave his paper at the Music Encoding Conference (16-19 May) 'Capturing context and provenance of musicology research', co-authored with the Centre's Kevin Page and Andrew Hankinson from the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford.

Searching through symbolic music encodings has an important role in the growing number of online music corpora. Querying such corpora represents research activity, yet no common standards have emerged for preserving and disseminating results and provenance. The paper discusses two examples of current search tasks, considering what information might be preserved and communicated, and why. In both cases, capturing the method of the search and the motivation for the investigation are as important as preserving results. It also describes the musicological motivation for each and a Linked Data implementation, illustrating how it can support visualisation of the results and evaluation of the methods.

Dr Page also presented a paper entitled 'Music and Drama: linking libretti and scores' along with the Centre's David Lewis and Dr David Weigl, and Richard Lewis of the Royal Opera House, London.

The paper describes how the researchers have lightly extended the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) to support richer libretto encoding, and asserted relationships using RDF triples between a libretto of a Wagner opera and score examples represented in Music Encoding Initiative (MEI). Motivic references in the score, text or stage directions can be annotated and connected, allowing for a richer exploration of a drama's themes.

Both papers relate to the Transforming Musicology project, which seeks to explore how emerging technologies for working with music as sound and score can transform musicology, both as an academic discipline and as a practice outside the university. The work is being carried out collaboratively between Goldsmiths University of London, Queen Mary University of London, Oxford University, the Oxford e-Research Centre, and Lancaster University with an international partner at Utrecht University.

Meanwhile the Centre was represented by Dr David Weigl at NIME – The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, which took place from 15-18 May in Copenhagen. A paper entitled 'Composing and Realising a Game-like Performance for Disklavier and Electronics' was presented by Dr Weigl alongside Maria Kallionpaa (Music and Sound Knowledge Group, Aalburg University, Denmark) and Steve Benford (Mixed Reality Laboratory, University of Nottingham) as part of their work on the Fusing Semantic and Audio Technologies project.

The paper presents a case study of the composition process and realization of "Climb!", a musical composition that combines the ideas of a classical virtuoso piece and a computer game, written for Disklavier and a digital interactive engine, which was co-developed together with the musical score. Specifically, the engine combines a system for recognising and responding to musical trigger phrases along with a dynamic digital score renderer. This tool chain allows for the composer's original scoring to include notational elements such as trigger phrases to be automatically extracted to auto-configure the engine for live performance.

Watch an excerpt of the 'Climb!' composition.

Climb! Is being premiered in Nottingham on 8 June.