DATE: Thursday, September 22, 2011
TIME: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - NOTE SPECIAL TIME

SPEAKER: Roger Dannenberg, CMU

TITLE: Music Understanding and the Future of Music

Music understanding is the automatic recognition of pattern and structure in music. Music understanding problems include (1) matching and searching symbolic and audio music sequences, (2) parsing music to discover musical objects such as sections, notes, and beats, and (3) the interpretation and generation of expressive music performance. Music understanding is only beginning to find a range of applications, but the potential impact on the future of music is considerable. I will describe how music will be changed through intelligent audio editors, artificial musicians, and intelligent music displays.

Roger B. Dannenberg is an Associate Research Professor in the Schools of Computer Science, Art, and Music at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is also a fellow of the Studio for Creative Inquiry. His pioneering work in computer accompaniment led to three patents and the SmartMusic system now used by over one hundred thousand music students. He also played a central role in the development of the Piano Tutor and Rock Prodigy, both interactive, multimedia music education systems, and Audacity, an open-source audio editor used by millions. Dannenberg is also known for introducing functional programming concepts to describe real-time music behavior, an approach that forms the foundation for Nyquist, a widely used sound synthesis language.

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