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QMUL, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Centre for Digital Music Seminar Series

Seminar by:
Anja Volk

Date/time: 11th of May, 16:00-17:00

Location: G2, Mile End Campus

Open to students, staff, alumni, public; all welcome. Admission is FREE, no pre-booking required.

Title: Clastic Music: From rhythmic latent spaces to a web-based music release

Anja Volk is Professor of Music Information Computing at Utrecht University and has a dual background in mathematics and musicology which she applies to cross-disciplinary approaches to music. Her work has helped bridge the gap between scientific and humanistic approaches while working in interdisciplinary research teams in Germany, the USA and the Netherlands. Anja has co-founded several international initiatives, most notably the International Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music (SMCM), the flagship journal of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (TISMIR), and the Women in MIR (WIMIR) mentoring program, which organizes yearly mentoring rounds with participants from academia and industry, in order to foster greater diversity in MIR. She is also committed to connecting different research communities and providing interdisciplinary education for the next generation through the organization of international workshops, such as the Lorentz Center in Leiden workshops on music similarity (2015), computational ethnomusicology (2017) and music, computing, and health (2019).

Abstract: In this talk, I present research of the Music Information Computing group at Utrecht University on investigating musical patterns with computational means to enhance our understanding of music, and to employ these patterns within different interaction contexts. Starting with computational music analysis dedicated to pattern discovery, I will discuss then the bridge to employing patterns for training in education and health, such as in music-based games for visually impaired children, musical attention control training, and collaborative games for the rhythmic training of children with autism.

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