Category Archives: Music Technology

Digital Archives and Music Scores: Analysis, Manipulation, and Display

 

This month, we feature a guest post from Mark Saccomano, a PhD candidate in the Music Theory program at Columbia. Mark is currently in-residence in the Music & Arts Library’s Digital Music Lab, in the Digital Centers Internship Program. Mark’s post deals with his work exploring the analysis, manipulation, and visualization of digital music scores, including working with tools such as music21, musicXML, and the Music Encoding Initiative (MEI), an emerging standard for, among other things, digital music scores editions.

You can read Mark’s full post at this link: https://blogs.cul.columbia.edu/dcip/2016/12/22/digital-archives-and-music-scores-analysis-manipulation-and-display/

We’re very excited to have Mark working on these areas for 2016-17!

Computer Music Center presents workshop on composition/production (free!)

Columbia’s Computer Music Center presents a FREE all-day workshop on composition and production, on Sunday 4/14/13, 10am-5pm, at the Center, Prentis Hall, 3rd floor, 632 W. 125th St. The event will feature several noted composers and music coders and technologists.

From their announcement:

The Columbia University Computer Music Center is hosting a day-long workshop on issues arising from ‘production’: the impact of contemporary recording studio and digital-signal processing tools in crafting the sonic presentation of music. We will be especially focussing on the use of these tools, how they influence our musical creativity and the role recording technologies play in shaping the work we do. Towards that end, we have invited a group of musicians and researchers involved in music technology to help lead a community discussion of these issues. All are welcome to participate in this event.

The event is free and open to the public. Full details are at this link.  Come on down!

“Ghost in the Instrument” Festival at Columbia, week of 3/19

The Computer Music Center at Columbia University presents a week of lectures, concerts, and workshops, “Ghost in the Instrument: Aspects of Musical Research and Composition“. The event is on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the PRISMA International Forum. All events are FREE and open to the public (registration is required for the software workshop).

The festival will include talks and concerts by Jean-Baptiste Barriere, Jacopo Baboni-Schilingi, Christopher Trapani, Hans Tutschku, Fred Lerdahl, Carlos Agon, Phillippe Esling, Johannes Kretz, William Goufreind, Julien Vincenot, Jaime Oliver, Greg Taylor, Mika Kuuskankare, Maeve Sterbenz, Zosha Di Castri, and more. Several current and former Columbia composers are featured.

On Friday 3/23 and Saturday 3/24, concerts will take place at Prentis Hall and at Miller Theater. There will be a workshop on PWGL software on Sunday 3/25 (registration is required). For full details on the programme, please see the web site for the festival, at http://music.columbia.edu/cmc/musicalinteractivityfestival/Programme.html. The schedule for performances is at http://music.columbia.edu/cmc/musicalinteractivityfestival/Performances.html.

Daphne Oram, 1950s British electronic music pioneer

NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday ran a brief piece today on Daphne Oram, a pioneer of electronic music in Britain in the 1950s. Oram worked as Director of the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop, and developed her own system/technique called “Oramics”, which involved painting waveforms and control signals on film, which was then used to control the exposure of photoelectric cells to light as the basis for synthesis. The machine pictured on the left was discovered a few years ago in a shed in France; it’s now on display at an exhibition on Oram at the Science Museum London. You can listen to some music of Oram’s here and here, to get started. Her music is scarce on CD, but there is a 2-CD set out on Paradigm Records.

The Digital Music Lab in the Music & Arts Library

The Music & Arts Library is pleased to offer the Digital Music Lab, a space featuring 4 Mac workstations, 2 digital pianos, an 11″ x 17″ scanner, and a suite of specialized software, allowing users to to play, compose, record, scan, notate, edit, program, and analyze digital audio and music scores. A full list of equipment and software is available on the Lab home page. Expert help is available from library staff (you can schedule a consultations in advance, at the email address below). We welcome your thoughts and suggestions! Please contact us at musiclibrary@columbia.edu with any comments, or if you wish to share details of any projects you’ve done in the lab (we’d like to feature interesting projects on our web pages).