Fall 2017 Seminars
The Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology Fall Seminar Series features both invited speakers as well as second-year student project proposal presentations. The seminars are on Mondays from 1:55-2:45 p.m. in the West Village Dining Commons, Room 163, on Georgia Tech's campus and are open to the public. Below is the schedule for invited speakers and student presentations for fall 2017:
August 21 - First day of classes; no seminar. View the eclipse instead.
August 28 - Valorie Salimanpoor, Baycrest Institute
Music is merely a sequence of sounds, each of which contains no independent reward value, but when arranged into a sequence it is perceived as intensely pleasurable in the brain. How does a transient and fleeting sequence of sounds bring us to tears or strong physiological reactions like chills? Although music has no clear survival value, it has been a fundamental part of humanity, existing as far back as history dates (prehistoric era) and has developed spontaneously in every recorded culture. In this talk I present brain imaging research to show how sophisticated cognitive functions integrate to give rise to musical pleasure and why you cannot find two people in the world with the exact same taste in music.
September 4 - Labor Day (no seminar)
September 11 - Robert Hatcher, soundcollide
Soundcollide’s mission is to disrupt the music creation process by breaking down barriers to collaboration, such as physical proximity. Our music technology platform will predict and enhance the performance of its users by streamlining the process of music creation and production. It accomplishes this task by increasing the amount of music that artists can create through an immersive collaborative experience where multiple users work concurrently.
While the application is under load, soundcollide’s machine learning tools will analyze and compile a history of artists' procedural preferences enabling artists to discover the most compatible connections for future recording and production collaborations. Our intent is to host the largest number of concurrent users, thus increasing the accuracy and reach of our machine-learning technology.
September 18 - Clint Zeagler, Wearable Computing Center, Georgia Tech
Working on a wearable technology interdisciplinary project team can be challenging because of a lack of shared understanding between different fields, and a lack of ability in cross-disciplinary communication. We describe an interdisciplinary collaborative design process used for creating a wearable musical instrument with a musician. Our diverse team used drawing and example artifacts/toolkits to overcome communication and gaps in knowledge. We view this process in the frame of Susan Leigh Star’s description of a boundary object, and against a similar process used in another musical/computer science collaboration with the group Duran Duran. More information available here.
September 25 - Brian Magerko, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Tech
In a future that is increasingly seeing intelligent agents involved in our education, workforce, and homes, how human productivity fits into that unfolding landscape is unclear. An ideal outcome would be one that both draws on human ingenuity, creativity, and problem solving (and definition) capabilities but also on the affordances of computational systems. This talk will explore the notion of “co-creative” relationships between humans and AI, where such a path might be found.