Music | ORGANIZATION AND SEARCHING OF MUSICAL INFORMATION
N564 | 15991 | D. Byrd


ORGANIZATION AND SEARCHING OF MUSICAL INFORMATION

Informatics I590, Music N364 & N564  (3 credits) Prof. Don Byrd.
Meetings: TR 9:30 - 10:45 AM, in Simon Center 373.

In these days of iTunes and pocket-sized MP3 players, people listen
to music in digital form all the time, but many exciting
possibilities for computer handling of music are still in various
stages of research. Systems exist now that identify music heard in a
noisy bar and transmitted via cell phone, or hummed into a
microphone. Other systems can search a database of scores or MIDI
files for a pattern of pitch intervals or note durations, for a
chord progression, or for music in a given genre. And concerts have
been given in which computers follow live musiciansŪ leads, or
žimproviseÓ freely or by re-using existing music.

We will listen to and look at real music in a variety of styles, and
will consider, among other things:
* how musical information can be represented, manipulated, and
displayed
* what it takes to get a computer to transcribe performed music into
notation
* why some music sounds like other music when you might not expect
it, and vice-versa
* how searching for music via content (music information retrieval)
works
* how searching for music via metadata (library-catalog style) works

The course assumes a solid background in music fundamentals; some
music theory would help. Some assignments will involve computer
programming, but no programming experience is necessary.
Prerequisites: MUS-N 364: open to Informatics students with music
cognates, others by permission of instructor; junior standing. MUS-N
564, INFO I590: open to graduate students.
For more information, contact me (donbyrd@indiana.edu, phone 856-
0129).