Music Computing

Music Computing at The Open University is focused on empowering musicians and illuminating musical activities, and the modelling of music perception and cognition. Our work is informed by musicology, psychology, ethnography, embodied cognition, pervasive interaction, mathematics and advanced computing techniques. In particular, we devise and investigate new ways to:

• Empower beginners to engage deeply with musical activities

• Provide new tools and capabilities for expert musicians and theorists

• Cast new light on how music works Projects we are currently working on include:

• Using sensors and touch feedback to help musicians improve their posture

• Understanding how people hear rhythms

• Understanding how people hear harmony

• Design and evaluation of multi-touch and tangible interfaces for collaborative music making

• Using sensors and touch feedback to help people learn rhythms

• Algorithms to discover musical patterns

• Using movement of your whole body to understand musical harmony

• Tools for understanding and controlling harmony visually

• Use of multi-touch surfaces for non-Western tunings

• Designing and testing musical instruments controlled directly by the brain.

Contact: Dr. Simon Holland, Dr. Robin Laney

For more details see the Music Computing Lab website.