• Artists don’t typically start with a hypothesis, or structure their practice to prove that hypothesis. But I think that artistic practice can itself be a form of research and knowledge production. In art, the outcomes may be more open-ended, but they’re driven by a similar process of inquiry and desire for discovery.
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Studies in Western Music History: Quantitative and Computational Approaches to Music History

  • September 10, 2013
  • By a2ru      
Music has been slow to embrace the digital revolutions that have transformed other fields’ text- based scholarship.


 

Because music history has focused so heavily on expert – yet subjective – feelings it has been slow to embrace the digital revolutions that have transformed other fields’ text- based scholarship. This MIT course opens the door to the possibility of understanding trends and norms of behavior of large repertories of music through computational and quantitative approaches. Requiring a background in music theory and/or history, this course is split between discussion/lecture and labs in which digital tools are employed to study music.

Studies in Western Music History Syllabus