T561 Computer Tools for Music Research
Professor: Eric J. Isaacson
MWF 1:25-2:15 M373 (in Cook Music Library, Simon Building)
The course will provide an overview of ways in which the computer can serve as a tool for music research. The course will examine various issues in the representation of music. It will discuss, for example, what kinds of information are sufficient for representations used for performance, publishing, analysis, and theory. A number of existing representations will be critically evaluated. The course will also examine tools and techniques for manipulating those representations. Text-based resources (bibliographic databases, full-text archives, etc.) will not be covered in the course. For specific information, see the list of course topics.
The course may be used
- toward a track concentration or elective in a music theory degree (as T561)
- toward a minor or cognate in Music Theory (as T561)
- toward a minor in Music Information Technology (as N564)
- as an elective for students in areas such as composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, library science, and cognitive science (under either number)
The course is officially cross-listed in Cognitive Science.
Several small assignments, a mid-term exam/project, and a final paper/presentation.
Students should be comfortable with computers and have a good understanding of music notation. No specific prior computer knowledge will be expected, though those with programming skills will be encouraged to make use of them. Topics for presentations and major projects will focus on each student's personal strengths and interests.
Eleanor Selfridge-Field, ed. Beyond MIDI: The Handbook of Musical Codes. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1997.