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August 21, 2013
Over the summer, Dr. Wilder and I [Jamie Leidwinger] have set up camp in Drexel University’s Expressive and Creative Interactive Technologies (ExCITe) Center in Philadelphia to work on the Isomer Project: a digital humanities research project aimed at teaching computers to listen to music sensitively. Our goals for the summer are to develop both quantitative and qualitative aspects to Isomer’s ability to listen and identify descriptors for music. During my first day at the ExCITe Center, Dr. Wilder showed me examples of production music, or music used in advertising. Upon listening to production music on its own for the first time, I was surprised at how formulaic it sounded. Despite appearing musically clichéd, advertising music provides the perfect means to understand how emotion is transmitted in music, because it is designed to elicit specific emotions in order to create associations with a specific product. Although it was entertaining to listen to the differences between tracks, we then began to analyze exactly how this music is able to achieve its desired effect... Read more.
August 1, 2013
Update: TouchKeys has successfully reached its funding goal
Dr. Andrew McPherson (inventor of the Magnetic Resonator Piano), has launched a Kickstarter project for TouchKeys, sensors for musical keyboards that turn every key into a touchpad controller. Andrew began work on the TouchKeys project during his post-doctoral fellowship at Drexel in the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab) as part of our efforts to enhance the expressive capabilities of musical instruments. Below is a video demonstrating an early TouchKeys prototype:
Dr. McPherson's fellowship was supported by the Computing Innovation Fellows program, a joint program by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Computing Research Association (CRA).
He is currently a Lecturer (Professor) at Queen Mary University of London at the renowned Centre for Digital Music (C4DM), where he continues to collaborate with the ExCITe Center to pursue new technologies for musical instruments and interfaces.
The Kickstarter effort aims to raise £30,000 (approximately US $46,000) to put the TouchKeys keycaps into limited production. There are multiple support levels available for 2- or 4-octave sets of DIY keycaps or fully configured keyboards.
Please visit the Kickstarter page to learn more and see additional coverage of TouchKeys at: GizMag, TechCrunch, Engadget, New Scientist, Fast Co. Labs, Pop Sci, and Time.
Reimagining Learning in Philly
July 18, 2013
During it's seventh year, the cost-free music technology program for high school students called Summer Music Technology ran for the first time at the ExCITe Center. Over the week, students learned about the science and technology behind digital music; and this year, a visitor from the U.S. Department of Education came by to observe the program.
Read their writeup here.
2013 Seed Project Proposals
May 20, 2013
The ExCITe Center announced a new call for novel, highly multi-disciplinary research projects providing the opportunity to develop concepts that may be difficult to support through traditional channels. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of ExCITe faculty and staff participants, and projects selected for support will receive:
- Funding between $3500-$6500 per project (awards will vary by project needs)
- Use of the ExCITe Center facility for project work (as appropriate)
- Additional opportunities for engagement with other ExCITe Center projects and participants
A detailed budget is required for each proposal. Awarded projects will be required to submit monthly progress reports and to participate in monthly events and presentations at the ExCITe Center.
The Hubos Come Together
May 13, 2013
The Hubos performing their cover of The Beatles classic "Come Together."