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Friday, March 10, 2017


Music Visualisation: Motivation

Community music and dance have been a cornerstone of social life for millennia, yet music funding, literacy and social contact are if anything in decline.

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If we are serious about own wellbeing (and especially in an emerging era of boundless free time), cultural and social contact, interworking and interaction are something that should concern us all. Here, music and dance can play a central role.

The advantages of playing music are well enough documented elsewhere. Music is -at heart- tightly bound to notions of identity and identification. Moreover, our hands feature strongly in the brain and motor cortex, which plan, control and execute voluntary motor functions.

Making music is a holistic activity that gives pleasure at many levels. Here a few that go deeper than the high-level advantages list mentioned above:
  • empowering (self-chosen, personal control over all activities including their difficulty)
  • a sense of 'flow' (continuity and absorption, competence, association, and autonomy)
  • the tactile, visual and aural qualities of crafted instruments - in their form, tone or timbre, materials and finishes. Home from home for brass, metal, wood and leather fetishists :-)
  • achievement (success in overcoming coordination and mental model complexities)
  • transformational experience (the whole being greater than the sum of the parts, and the disruptive power of collective individuality)
  • company, social contact, networking (mental health and the mitigation of problem behaviors associated with marginalization)
I like to toy around with mappings of these and the other benefits of music making into the Japanese concept of 'Ikigai', which depicts the foundational elements of personal fulfillment: our 'reason for being'. In essence a homage to intellect and free thought, it gives useful context to all the above.

As the technological 'singularity' bites and meaningful work evaporates, Ikigai (and especially 'that which you can be paid for') seem likely to assume a far more prominent role in the lives and thoughts of ordinary people.

Payment aside, many young people are already experimenting with other means to give their lives meaning. Many, I have the impression, launch themselves into ad-hoc, roving music projects. In this respect, I think we can already see the beginnings of a musical renaissance.

Beyond singularity considerations, music's contribution to wellbeing is perhaps at it's highest during:
  • high stress episodes
  • later life stages (recently in the media in reducing the isolatory effects of dementia)
  • when employment, life options, or social network are underdeveloped or compromised
Music learning has traditionally been a face-to-face process, subtly enriched with behavioral triggers and cues to emotional state. These are of huge help in judging both progress and blockage. The transition to online learning is fraught with difficulties - and opportunity.

What, then, are the challenges UNanswered by current music learning offerings, why address these through (of all things) technology, and why in particular using music visualization? Here the nitty-gritty of this post:

Musical Visualization: Motivation

Musicians 'Hear' the Written Note
Learners seek visual models
Only Very Few Instruments
Have An Interactive Internet Presence
Music Theory Fluency Is Vital, But..
Static, Context-Starved & Indigestible
No Classification System
For Music Theory Visual Tools & Models
'Other' Vibrant World Music Systems
Are Poorly Understood
Music Literacy Is In Decline
With Dramatic Impact On Life Skills
Musical-Emotional Intelligence
In Decay. 'Attrition By Algorithm'
Good Teachers, Motivated Learners
Geographically Scattered
'App Culture'
→ Fragmentation & Dumbing-Down
No Visualisation Platform
For Score-Driven Instruments & Tools
Intimacy & Authenticity Marginalized
By Industry Revenue Targets
No Focussed Social Media Hub
For Grass-Roots DIY Music Exchange

At heart, most of these are communication problems. Stripped of flaming human emotion, the former is still something at which the internet excels. Given entirely visual expression, each are easily overcome.

The world music remote learning aggregator platform in focus here, an entirely graphical toolset, aims to meet these challenges in offering a teaching channel for traditional, ethnic or heritage players. Let skills loose, let wealth flow.

For those problems down to systemic economic issues, an open-source and non-profit approach may bring some relief, but it's admittedly going to be a steep climb.

Big, brave, open-source, non-profit, community-provisioned, cross-cultural and squirrel 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: Responses

Visualisation Toolset: Growth Of Live Streamed Teaching #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryGrowth Of Live Streamed Teaching
No Supporting Toolkit. Yet.
Music Visualisation: Exploit The Platform, Free The Mind. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheory
Exploit The Platform

Free The Mind
P2P Music Teaching & Visualization. One Tiny World. Say Hallo. Share The Groove. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheory
One Tiny World

Say Hallo, Share The Groove.
Music Visualisation: Value Where It's Needed. Let Wealth Flow #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheory
Value Where It's Needed

Let Wealth Flow
Visual Processing In The Brain: 60,000 x Faster Than For Text #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryVisual Processing In The Brain
60,000 x Faster Than For Text
Drip Feed Out, DIY and Musical Intimacy In. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheory
Drip Feed Out

DIY, Exchange & Intimacy In

Physical mobility is freedom, yet many young adults have already lost the simple skipping step mastered by the age of 5.

Music: Last Refuge Of The Disenfranchised #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheory
Grass Roots Musical Empowerment

Last Refuge Of The Disenfranchised
Music: Global Language And Vehicle For The Emotions #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryMusic: Global Language
Vehicle For The Emotions
Music Visualisation: Skip Toxic Travel & Overheads. P2P-Connect Virtuoso And Student. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheory
Skip Toxic Travel & Overheads

P2P-Connect Virtuoso And Student
Dance And Music Are Central To Wellbeing And Contentment #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryPromote DIY Dance and Music?
Promote Wellbeing and Contentment
World Music Instruments: Mass Extinction Event #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryMass Extinction Event
Culture Is Fragile
More Social Contact, Less Social Projection. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryMore Social Contact
Less Social Projection

Dance and music -improvised or otherwise- offer 'instant inclusion'. Response, harmony & syncopation? Playful forms of dialog.

Music Literacy Is In Decline  #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryWith Dramatic Impact
On Multiple Life Skills
Music Visualisation: Vulnerability Is Innovations Birthplace  #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheory'Vulnerability'
Innovation's Birthplace
Fire Up Nature's Highs: Pheromones and Peptides. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheory
Reactivate Nature's Highs
Fire Up Dancer's Pheromones and Peptides


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.