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How can music visualisation techniques reveal different perspectives on musical structure?

Hunt, Samuel; Mitchell, Tom; Nash, Chris

Authors

Tom Mitchell Tom.Mitchell@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Creative Technologies

Chris Nash Chris.Nash@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Music Tech - Software Development



Abstract

Standard western notation supports the understanding and performance of music, but has limited provisions for revealing overall musical characteristics and structure. This paper presents several visualisers for highlighting and providing insights into musical structures, including rhythm, pitch, and interval transitions, also noting how these elements modulate over time. The visualisations are presented in the context of Shneiderman’s Visual Information-Seeking Mantra, and terminology from the Cognitive Dimensions of Music Notations usability framework. Such techniques are designed to make understanding musical structure quicker, easier, less error prone, and take better advantage of the intrinsic pattern recognition abilities of humans.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date May 24, 2017
Publication Date May 1, 2017
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Hunt, S., Mitchell, T., & Nash, C. (2017, May). How can music visualisation techniques reveal different perspectives on musical structure?. Paper presented at Third International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation, A Coruña, Spain
Keywords music analysis, music visualisation
Publisher URL http://www.udc.es/grupos/ln/tenor2017/sections/node/17-visualisation.pdf
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Third International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation

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