about our research
One of several groupings within this research centre, my team conduct experiments and develop computational models with the aim of understanding patterns – the nature, perception, and generation of patterns. The publications arising from our work cross boundaries between music, computing, psychology, mathematics, and statistics. As an example, a paper on cognition of tonality appeared in Psychological Review (Impact Factor 9.8, and 3rd out of 126 journals in the category Psychology – Multidisciplinary).
If you are interested in joining the team, temporarily or more permanently, in person or remotely, you are welcome to get in touch to discuss opportunities. Over time we will be pushing the boundaries of music/cognitive psychology, music informatics research, and music composition. Research areas include (but are not limited to):
- Discovery of repeated patterns in music, visual, and other domains;
- Question answering on music scores (given a query like 'perfect cadence followed by homophonic texture', retrieve the relevant events from a digital score);
- Modelling musical expectancy and listening choices (for symbolic/audio input and different listener backgrounds/contexts);
- Automatic generation of stylistic compositions, incorporation in software, and the technology's effect on student education and work;
- Web Audio Framework.
In terms of Leicester lifestyle, the Clarendon Park area is a very comfortable, affordable, and artistic place to be, with Victoria Park, bars, cafes, restaurants, delis, grocers, a butcher, curry houses, and its own arts festival called ArtBeat.
Currently we are running an evaluation of one of our algorithms for the generation of stylistic compositions. Participants listen to original excerpts of J.S. Bach and Chopin, as well as computer-generated pastiche, and try to tell which is which! There is also the opportunity to win a £50 Amazon gift voucher. So if you have ∼40 minutes to spare, we'd be grateful for your participation:
(Evaluation window open until early February 2016, and if you only have 20 mins to spare, you can stop after responding to the Bach excerpts and clicking 'Next Page'.)
Designed by Ali Nikrang, Tom Collins, and Gerhard Widmer, the PatternViewer application plays an audio file of a piece synchronized to a point-set representation, where the colour of the points represents an estimate of the local key. The pendular graph in the top-left corner represents the piece’s repetitive structure, and can be clicked to find out about motifs, themes, and other repetitive elements. PatternViewer Version 1.0 is available now for download from here.