Postgraduate Course: Music Informatics (INFR11079)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course covers the principal theories, techniques and algorithms developed recently to give computational accounts of how musical phenomena can be analysed, generated and mediated with machine support or collaboration. The emphasis is on concepts, rather than tools, but the ideas have wide applicability. The state of the art is presented in selected areas.
* Physics of music vs musical perception,
* Music Representation
Basic Local Analysis Algorithms
* Beat tracking; score following
* Tonal centre (Longuet-Higgins, Bolzano)
Information Theory, Statistical methods
* Characterising musical style
* Music generated by statistical constraints (Xenakis)
Machine Composition in a Given Style
Musical Agents and Interaction
Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Not yet available
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| This course is open to all Informatics students including those on joint degrees. For external students where this course is not listed in your DPT, please seek special permission from the course organiser.
Students are normally expected to have some level of musical background, for example a school qualification such as Higher or A level music, or a background in musical performance.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assessment will by written exam (70%) and a written survey report analysing recent research on a topic agreed with the lecturer (30%).
You should expect to spend approximately 24 hours on the coursework for this course.
If delivered in semester 1, this course will have an option for semester 1 only visiting undergraduate students, providing assessment prior to the end of the calendar year.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
| 1 - Explain the relationship between various music representations
2 - Explain the use of musical grammars in characterising musical structures.
3 - Give algorithms for the determination of basic metrical and tonal aspects of traditional western music.
4 - Show how statistical information about music can be used to characterise particular styles.
5 - Contrast the different approaches to automated generation of music in specific styles.
6 - Provide a computational account of the exchange of musical and other information between musical agents.
|Course organiser||Dr Alan Smaill
Tel: (0131 6)50 2710
|Course secretary||Ms Lindsay Seal
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701