Venue: Senate House (Room 261), Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU
Symposium for Digital Musicology is a one day event that aims to bring together scholars from various musicological fields and computer scientists in order to generate a discussion about digital musicology – an interdisciplinary field in which new technologies are applied to musicological research. Digital techniques have been used more often within humanities in fields outside of musicology, for example in palaeography, history, art history, and many others. The field of digital musicology remains an active field with research done by computer scientists and programmers who have built a broad range of tools that could be used by musicologists and ethnomusicologists, but these tools do not usually meet their potential on this side of the research spectrum. These digital tools could both be timesaving and provide opportunities to new methodologies (e.g. big data, timbral analysis, automated transcription, etc.).
One aim of this symposium is to find out why there seems to be a reluctance for musicologists to ‘go digital.’ Moreover, the symposium aims to explore what opportunities there are for musicologists when it comes to new digital technologies, and in which ways these can support innovative ways of research, and how musicologists are already employing these methods. It aims to open the discussion between computer science and musicology to stimulate collaboration that might trigger new methodological approaches within existing musicological fields.
There is benefit for both sides in an increased communication in the different approaches: computer scientists developing digital musicological techniques can gain a new perspective on how these tools can be used; musicologists and ethnomusicologists can learn new ways of improving their research.
The day will consist of presentations culminating with a keynote speech by Dr Emmanouil Benetos (Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London).
Keynote: Emmanouil Benetos (Queen Mary, University of London): TBA
- Ross Purves (De Montfort University, Leicester): ‘Geospatial analysis techniques and digital mapping for music research’
- Christopher Hayworth (University of Birmingham) and Georgina Born (Oxford University): ‘Mixing it: digital methods, internet-mediated musics, and ethnography’
- Andreas Katsiavalos (De Montfort University, Leicester): ‘Challenges and approaches in the development of computational systems for the identification of musical schemata’
- Gonzalo Parrilla Gallego (University of Cordoba, Spain): ‘Music and animation path through The Legend of Zelda saga’
- Alexander Morgan (Université libre, Brussels, Belgium): ‘Automated Cadence and Cadential-Voice Function Detection for Renaissance Music’
- John Rink (University of Cambridge): ‘The Chopin Variorum: In Print, Online, In Performance’
- Stephen Rose (Royal Holloway, University of London): ‘Big Data for Historical Musicology: Potential and Pitfalls’
- Mark Gotham (University of Cambridge): ‘Prove it! On the veracity of music theoretic claims’
5.00-5.30: Closing remarks
6.00: Dinner at a nearby place
The symposium will be broadcast on YouTube, which will be accessible on www.digitalmusicology.com on the day. NB: Not all papers will be broadcast as per the speakers’ preferences.
Symposium for Digital Musicology organizing committee: