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The Aural Savant

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age. In particular, his uncanny ability to capture the lens-accurate effects of light and shadow in intricate and provocatively staged scenes has elevated him to the status of revolutionary master. There’s something very special there. Almost spiritual. And yet,… Read More

The Pleasures of Music

So much of what passes as interdisciplinary work in computational creativity is woefully lacking in artistic experience and understanding. This is a pervasively critical flaw — after all, the creative side of the equation is our primary goal, is it not? To help us discover a more appropriate balance, let’s briefly examine how human composers… Read More

Automating Musical Descriptions: A Case Study

It’s widely accepted that music elicits similar emotional responses from culturally connected groups of human listeners. Less clear is how various aspects of musical language contribute to these effects. Funded by a Mellon Foundation Research Grant through Dickinson College Digital Humanities, our research into this questions leverages cognition-based machine listening algorithms and network analysis of… Read More