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Thursday, March 9, 2017


Music Visualisation (Interactive Musical Modeling): Potential

Based on generic instrument and music theory tool family models, the idea of wide-ranging interactive musical modeling, or music visualization, is at last coming within reach.

Interactive Musical Modeling: Potential

The most compelling immediate potential benefit of Interactive Musical Modeling is in establishing instrumental and theory tool freedom of choice, which, well implemented, translates into immediacy, independence, diversity and tight integration.
  • Freedom of choice of music - a huge motivational boost.
  • Freedom of choice of musical instrument model, a huge boon to those for whom the guitar seems a little too commonplace.
  • Freedom of choice of music theory tool (of which there are many), expressing often radical, sometimes finely nuanced differences in physical or modal detail
  • Freedom of choice of teacher or mentor: someone whose style you particularly like, a personal friend you'd like to work together with, or some obscure but energising guru met during travels.
  • Freedom of fingering (a serious technical challenge, but one for which there are certainly possible solutions).
  • Freedom of choice in highly integrated supporting tools and applications - in all their diversity.
Other compelling aspects of potential are laid out graphically below.

Potential Crowdfunder?

So though sure at some point to fall under the radar of teachers and learners, universities, professional musicians, and inventors across a dozen or more related disciplines, my primary interest here are the dramatically rising number of the marginalized - those who, with no secure income, are ever more critically dependent on social currency and a cultural passport.

In these divisive times, a flowering of cross-cultural understanding and communication seems long overdue. A music visualization aggregator platform opens many new means of generating social value, of serving the often existential needs of the marginalized.

That said, strategy is more a matter of clarity of focus than chasing every whim, so let's try to give all this a little structure.

Following the incremental buildup in sophistication of music learning platforms, what key capabilities does each bring, and where can we draw the line between the existing and untapped potential?

It seems in the nature of this topic that each new blog post bring fresh insights. That these should come so easily speaks volumes over the potential. Now let's try to give some of these avenues of social value generation a face.

Big, brave, open-source, non-profit, community-provisioned, cross-cultural and fruitcake 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..


Music Visualisation Score Analysis: Practice Optimisation And Deeper Understanding. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryScore Analysis: Practice Optimisation
With Deeper Understanding
Foundation for P2P Music Teaching and Learning #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheory
World Music P2P Teaching
Music Visualisation - Gamification For Speed Learning. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryGamification
Speed Learning (Banal Example)
Music Visualisation's Modal Landscape Comparisons. Modes: A Culture's Musical Signature. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryModal Landscapes Comparison
Modes: A Culture's Musical Signature
Music Visualisation: Potential For Embeddable Instruments & Tools Packaged For 3rd Party Web Sites. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryEmbeddable Instruments & Tools
Packaged For 3rd Party Web Sites
Music Visualisation Platform: A Potentially Reusable Framework For Highly Configurable Time-Based Visualisations #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryReusable Framework
For Time-Based Visualisations

Finger exercises ease motor skills development, often in the context of learning a specific piece. But what of musical understanding? Directly linking abstract theory with exercise notation and instrument display have the potential to dramatically speed development of underlying music-cultural fluency. Moreover, at the low speeds suited to building understanding, resource loads are very modest.

Music Visualisations: Responsive Content Across Devices #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryResponsive Content
By Prefs, Resolution
And Screen Size
Graphical instrument configuration change and/or comparison. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryInstruments and Theory Tools
Comparison and Change
- In Lockstep -
Music Visualisation: Potential Usage Scenarious #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryGenre Timeline Maps
Context For Preferences
World Music Visualisation Platform Potential Usage Scenarios P2P, VR, Desktop, Mobile #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryPotential Usage Scenarios
P2P, ER, VR, Desktop, Mobile
World Music Visualizations: Potentially driven by any musical source. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryMultiple Visualizations
Driven By Any Source
World Music Visualizations: Microtonal Notations Giving Heritage New Expression #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryMicrotonal Notations
Heritage Finds New Expression

Live-streamed, on-demand musical individualism is on the rise. Progressively exploiting the full spectrum of world music tool and instrumental configurations, could musical learning gaps also be filled? Until now, there has been no supporting remote teaching toolset. Can we globally connect the musical virtuoso with the learner? Can we match the diverse, little-known and enlightening with the motivated, the curious and the marginalised? Could we deliver a new wave of grass-roots musical empowerment? We think so.

Visualization Toolset: Clear Interworking Contexts #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheory
Clear Interworking Contexts
Music System, Genre, Instrument Family..
Music Visualization: The Key To Recovering Musical Diversity #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryDiversity Engine
A Galaxy of Derivations
Instrumental And Music-Theoretical
Music Visualization: Slice, Dice, Transform And Map Data As Desired. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryNotation Or Audio
Slice, Dice, Transform, Map. As Desired.
Music Visualisation: Music Font Compatibility Matrix #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryMusic Font Compatibility Matrix
Select From Several Compatible Fonts
Music Visualisation: Fretboard Or Fingerboard, Roadmaps For Every Last Configuration. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryFretboard Or Fingerboard
Roadmaps For Every Last Configuration
More Instruments and Theory Tools On Pinterest - Seething With Modeling Inspiration Awaiting Crowdsourced Challenge.. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryInstruments and Theory Tools
Inspiration Awaiting Crowd Challenge..


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.