Music Computing Research at the Open University focuses on three complementary themes: empowering musicians, finding out how music works, and, modelling music perception and cognition.
This work is informed by musicology, psychology, ethnography, embodied cognition, pervasive interaction, mathematics and diverse advanced computing techniques. In particular, we devise and investigate new ways to:
- Empower beginners to engage deeply with musical activities.
- Provide new tools and capabilities for expert musicians and theorists.
- Cast new light on how music works.
Current projects include:
- Using whole body movement to understand and control musical harmony.
- Design and evaluation of multi-touch interfaces for collaborative music making.
- Using sensors and touch feedback to help musicians improve their posture.
- Understanding how people hear harmony.
- Exploring computational models of rhythm perception.
- Using haptic feedback to help people learn multi-limb rhythms.
- Algorithms to discover musical patterns.
- Tools for understanding and controlling harmony visually.
- Use of multi-touch surfaces for microtonal tunings.
- Using embodied cognition to improve music interaction design.
- Designing and testing musical instruments controlled directly by the brain.
For more details see the Music Computing Lab website.