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Thursday, March 9, 2017


Music Visualisation: The Experimental Edge

The incredible diversity of world music instruments, and the widely perceived air of mystery surrounding their behaviours suggest it would be difficult to unite them in a universal theory of music.

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Modelling instruments by family, on the other hand, is likely to be considerably easier. Here we need only look at constraints applying to a particular construction form. These can be separately modelled as more or less 'pure' physical properties, and applied -as so-called 'mix-ins'- to instrument construction and theory tool forms. Combined, this allows us to model entire instrument families more or less as catalogued in classification systems such as that of Hornbostel-Sachs. To each family, effectively, it's own musical model. Given a theory tool visual classification system, much the same can be done there.

Combined with code reuse, this brings the entire palette of world music instrumentation and theory within in-browser modelling reach. Welcome to the future of peer-to-peer, live-streamed teaching toolsets. :-)

Finally, this opens the possibility of modelling, integrating and testing new instrument interfaces and theory tools directly on-screen in conjunction with a wide range of music exchange files - without ever resorting to physical construction.

Big, brave, open-source, non-profit, community-provisioned, cross-cultural and bust-a-nut crazy. → Like, share, back-link, pin, tweet and mail. Hashtags? For the crowdfunding: #VisualFutureOfMusic. For the future live platform: #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheory. Or simply register as a potential crowdfunder..

The Experimental Edge

Music Visualisation: Notation Examples. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryNotation Examples Music Visualisation: Schneider's Switchboard Guitar. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryInstrument Example
Schneider's Switchboard Guitar
Music Visualisation: Some Just Intonations Mapped To EDO. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheory

Theory Example

Some Just Intonations Mapped To EDO

These images can only hint at the diversity of notation systems, instrument configurations and theory models. Uniting them in a dedicated, tightly integrated yet flexible platform is the goal of this project. We have good reason to think it can be done. And you?

Music Visualisation: Sagittal Microtonal Glyphs. Accidentals For Just Intonation. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheorySagittal Microtonal Glyphs
Accidentals For Just Intonation
Music Visualisation: Microtonal Guitar, Sagittal Notation. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryMicrotonal Guitar, Sagittal Notation Music Visualisation: Scale Tree (Detail). #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryScale Tree (Detail)
Curious? Me Too.


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.