Fall 2018 Seminars
The Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology Spring Seminar Series features both invited speakers as well as second-year student project presentations. The seminars are on Mondays from 1:55-2:45 p.m. in the West Village Dining Commons, Room 175, on Georgia Tech's campus and are open to the public. Below is the schedule for invited speakers and student presentations for Fall 2018:
August 20 - Jason Freeman, Professor and Chair of School of Music
August 27 - Alexander Lerch, Assistant Professor, School of Music
September 3 - Labor day (No Seminar)
September 10 - Gil Weinberg, Professor and Director, Center for Music Technology
The Robotic Musicianship Group at Georgia Tech aims to facilitate meaningful musical interactions between humans and machines, leading to novel musical experiences and outcomes. In our research, we combine computational modeling approaches for music perception, interaction, and improvisation, with novel approaches for generating acoustic responses in physical, social, and embodied manner. The motivation for this work is based on the hypothesis that real-time collaboration between human and robotic players can capitalize on the combination of their unique strengths to produce new and compelling music. Our goal is to combine human qualities such as musical expression and emotions with robotic traits such as powerful processing, mechanical virtuosity, the ability to perform sophisticated algorithmic transformations, and the capacity to utilize embodied musical cognition, where the robotic body shapes its musical cognition. The talk will feature a number of approaches we have explored for perceptual modeling, improvisation, path planning, and gestural interaction with robotic platforms such as Haile, Shimon, Shimi, Skywalker hand and the robotic drumming prosthesis.
September 17 - Grace Leslie, Assistant Professor, School of Music
The Georgia Tech Brain Music Lab is a community gathered around a unique facility combining EEG (brainwave data) and other physiological measurement techniques with new music technologies. Our mission is to engage in research and creative practice that brings health and well-being. This talk will present an overview of our activities at the Brain Music Lab, including sonification of physiological signals, acoustic design for health and well-being, therapeutic applications of musical stimulation, and brain-body music performance.
September 24 - Claire Arthur, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Music
The computational and cognitive musicology group conducts empirical research to address questions about musical structure and/or human perception and cognition of music, with the aim of advancing our knowledge in these domains, but also in providing accessible technology and digital resources for music research, education, or creation. This talk will present an overview of the types of questions asked in the fields of computational and cognitive musicology, as well as specific examples of recent research, such as: statistical modeling of melody and harmony, voice-leading theory versus practice, measuring strong emotional responses to music, and the qualitative and quantitative differences of melodic tones in varying harmonic contexts.