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Anthony Prechtl

Mr. Anthony Prechtl E-Mail: anthony.prechtl @ open.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1908 274066



Research

I'm a PhD student in Computing at The Open University, and a member of the Centre for Research in Computing (CRC). My research focusses on automatic music generation for computer games. My supervisors are Robin Laney, Alistair Willis, and Robert Samuels.

I graduated from Whittier College, California, with a B.A. in music in 2007, and then completed the Music, Mind & Technology master's program at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland in 2009. Much of my previous work has involved Dynamic Tonality, a new way of exploring microtonal music. I have co-written a microtonal sequencer, Hex, and several microtonal synthesizers, which make up the majority of the DT software suite.

My current work is about using musical features to drive algorithmic music, so that the features can be varied in response to real-time events and parameters of computer games. I am now in the process of evaluating the overall approach. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Publications

Prechtl, A., Laney, R., Willis, A., & Samuels, R. (2014). Methodological Approaches to the Evaluation of Game Music Systems. In Proceedings of the Audio Mostly Conference (AM '14), 1-3 October 2014, Aalborg, Denmark.

Prechtl, A., Laney, R., Willis, A., & Samuels, R. (2014). Algorithmic music as intelligent game music. In Proceedings of the 50th Annual Convention of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB50), 1-4 April 2014, London UK.

Prechtl, A., Milne, A.J., Holland, S., Laney, R., & Sharp, D.B. (2012). A MIDI sequencer that widens access to the compositional possibilities of novel tunings. Computer Music Journal, 36(1).

Milne, A.J., Xambo, A., Laney, R., Sharp, D.B., Prechtl, A., & Holland, S. (2011). Hex Player–A Virtual Musical Controller. In Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME11), Oslo, Norway. (PDF)

Sethares, W.A., Milne, A.J., Tiedje, S., Prechtl, A., & Plamondon, J. (2009). Spectral tools for Dynamic Tonality and audio morphing. Computer Music Journal, 33(2), 71-84.

Prechtl, A. (2009). Musically-induced emotional peaks (Master's thesis). University of Jyvaskyla, Jyvaskyla, Finland. (PDF)

Milne, A.J., & Prechtl, A. (2008). New tonalities with the Thummer and The Viking. In Proceedings of the 3rd International Haptic and Auditory Interaction Design Workshop (Vol. 2, pp. 20-22). Jyvaskyla, Finland. (PDF)

Posters & Demos

Prechtl, A., Laney, R., Willis, A., & Samuels, R. (2013). Adaptive music generation for computer games. Poster presented at the Digital Music Research Network (DMRN+8). Queen Mary University, London, UK. (PDF)

Milne, A.J., Xambo, A., Laney, R., Sharp, D.B., Prechtl, A., & Holland, S. (2011). Hex Player–A Virtual Musical Controller. Poster presented at the 2011 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME11), Oslo, Norway. (PDF)

Milne, A.J., Prechtl, A., Laney, R., Sharp, D.B. (2010). Spectral pitch distance and microtonal melodies. Poster presented at the 11th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. (PDF)

Milne, A.J., Prechtl, A. (2010). 2032–A physical modelling synthesizer for Dynamic Tonality. Presentation and demo at the Digital Music Research Network (DMRN+5). Queen Mary University, London, UK.

Presentations

Prechtl, A. (2011). Exploring microtonal music with Dynamic Tonality. Presentations at the Microtonalist Entrepeneurs International Meeting, Isik and Baskent Universities, Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey.


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