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Thursday, March 9, 2017


Music Visualisation: Benefits

Many benefits are directly associated with music learning in itself, but with funding and interest amongst young people visibly waning, music teaching and learning is in something of a crisis.

To identify the benefits of music visualization in particular, it's helpful to understand what various music learning environments contribute to the learning experience.

Ignoring established face-to-face teaching, and keeping in mind that tools of any kind are barely integrated in any learner environment, for the main learning environment types, we can straight away say:

Immediacy / Reactivity By Tool Type (Traffic Light Metaphor)
Learning By Ear
Slow → Fast
(Audio Only)
(Static Notation
& Audio)
Online Video
Online Video
Notation / Tabs None Static None
(Or In-Film)
Bitmap Data-Driven (SVG)
Algorithmic Placement
Transnotation Possible
Theory Tools None If At All,
(Or In-Film)
None (Yet) Freely Exchangeable
Fully Score-Synched
Data-Driven (SVG)
Instrument Models None Static None
(Or In-Film)
Hard-Coded Bitmap
Freely Exchangeable
Fully Score-Synched
Data-Driven (SVG)
Main Benefit Authenticity
Contextual Information Flexibility Immersion Tool Diversity
Immediacy + Immersion
Main Challenge Theoretical
Self-Motivation Interaction Limited Tools Provisioning
Fingering Diversity

Not in themselves benefits, the truly distinguishing tool capabilities are reactivity to change within the musical source - whatever that may be - and that the results are presented entirely graphically. (By change are meant the meanderings of a melody, chords, accidentals; scale or mode changes, transposition and so on). These capabilities are better thought of as enablers, catalysts or (CEOspeak) 'empowerment vectors'.

So, we identified tool diversity, immediacy and immersion as key benefits of music visualization. There are of course more. Again (here), focussed around our world music aggregator and interworking platform: let's see what we can come up with. Can you add to the list? Comments welcome.

Platform Benefits

Comparative Musicology
Across All Music Systems
Interactively, Dynamically, Immersively
Visualise Relationships
Symbolism ↔ Model ↔ Structure
(Notation ↔ Instrument ↔ Theory Tool)
Clear Workflows
Learning Pathways
To Deep Musical Understanding
Diversity Engines
Through Animations Factories
Notations, Instruments + Theory Tools
Remote Teaching
Technology Base
Live-streaming, AR & VR
Skills Market
Global Virtual Trade
In Emotional Intelligence
Research & Integration Framework
Universities & Business
For AI, AR & VR
Musical Empowerment
Post-Singularity Pastime Individualism, Curiosity, Free Time
Social, Health & Scientific
3rd Party Applications
Improved Visibility
Wider Audience Thru Virtual Tourism
Academic Performance
Better Understanding
Deeper Learning
Knock-On Trade
Cultural + Historic Insights
Instruments, Media, Accessories
Creativity And Innovation
Liberated Thinking
Networked Thinking
Social Impact
Civic Engagement
Social Cohesion
Wellness, Mindfullness
Therapeutic Value
Freedom Of Choice
Of Notation
Of Supporting Tools
Freedom Of Choice
Of Instrument
Of Mentor
Freedom Of Choice
Of Theory Tool
Of Color And Other Prefs

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Regarding the lack of interest in music among millennials and the even more recently born, the culprits may in part simply be over-stimulation and (impact of streamed music) poor identification, but with a workless society and considerably more free time in view, this seems likely to change. Boredom is a sensational motivator. :-)

For the meantime, personal contacts and encounters -perhaps forged as a result of wider travel opportunities- drive curiosity and motivation in a way perhaps no longer possible in an era of streamed factory music.

What to do, though, if you have dipped your feet into the ethnic or traditional music of a region, have found your way to a good instrument, but live half a world away from your teacher or mentor?

What if simply an economic migrant for the moment detached from own culture?

What if absorbed with experimental music for which there is little established culture other than the work of a few personal friends?


online music learning,
online music lessons
distance music learning,
distance music lessons
remote music lessons,
remote music learning
p2p music lessons,
p2p music learning
music visualisation
music visualization
musical instrument models
interactive music instrument models
music theory tools
musical theory
p2p music interworking
p2p musical interworking
comparative musicology
world music
international music
folk music
traditional music
P2P musical interworking,
Peer-to-peer musical interworking
WebGL, Web3D,
WebVR, WebAR
Virtual Reality,
Augmented or Mixed Reality
Artificial Intelligence,
Machine Learning
Scalar Vector Graphics,
3D Cascading Style Sheets,

Comments, questions and (especially) critique welcome.