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Friday, March 10, 2017


Music Visualisation: Platform Principles

The music aggregator platform in focus here has been conceived around a number of simple guidelines, which, taken together are aimed at simplifying and speeding it's development into a credible force for musical community. These cover areas such as technology, social value generation, empowerment, implementation cycles, finance and advertising.

To a certain degree, simplicity and platform are bound together (a technology stack is, for example, only as good as the supporting delivery workflows, which, for javascript and the browser have been greatly simplified in recent times).

Data Is Central

Any instrumental and theory tool modelling expertise to be won from open-source SVG modelling can also find re-application in virtual environments, driving social value into those entirely new areas.

Could this be the unreachable itch currently dampening enthusiasm for VR music applications? Perhaps designers have simply not (yet) seen the potential for transformable notation in graphical object overlays (skins) and ad-hoc VR drama. With artificial intelligence and endless other application possibilities to squabble over, it's daft to get hung up on data. Let's get it out there - and used.

Quality Assurance

Potential Crowdfunder?

Is the functionality or behaviour part of the core platform, or is it going to be exclusive to 3rd party sites?

Clearly, the closer to the platform core (the trilogy of notation, instrument models and theory tools), the more imperative platform principles are enforced. What a 3rd party site does is, it could be argued, their responsibility.

Core functionality such as a new instrument model can be expected to meet stringent requirements, whereas a 3rd party site is likely to be free to improvise an own, custom solution.

A 3rd party site may, for example, wish to embed only a specific instrument model, go with it's own customised tools, perhaps embed tools specific to own culture and supporting specific learning goals. This they should be able to do, and free of interference.

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

Platform Principles

Music Visualisation: Don't Reinvent The Wheel, But Adapt Liberally Licenced Dataviz Code. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheory
Don't Reinvent The Dataviz Wheel
Adapt Liberally Licenced Code
Why An Aggregator Platform And Not Just An App? #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryAggregator Platform
One Platform, Myriad Applications
Music Visualization: Configuration Freedom - Simple And Flexible. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryConfiguration Freedom
Simple And Flexible
Music Visualisation Directly Linked Theory Tools For Genre & Music-Cultural Fluency. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryDirectly Linked Theory Tools
Genre & Music-Cultural Fluency
Social Value through community provisioning. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryCommunity Provisioning
Open Source=Social Value
Score-Driven, Interactive 2- and 3D music theory models. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryDeep Insight and Understanding
Score-Driven 2- and 3D Theory Tools

Musical understanding implies deliberate score step-through, where changes to fingering and abstract music theory patterns are tracked and absorbed at a user's pace. In this way, every score or exercise assumes (in some cases multiple) new dimensions.

Musical Properties Modelling Kit. Defined Once, Usable Anywhere. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryMusical Properties Modelling Kit
Defined Once, Usable Anywhere
Music Visualisation: Clarity And Simpliciy With Detail Delegated. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheory
Clarity And Simpliciy

With Detail Delegated
Music Visualisation: Fire Musical Curiosity, Widen Horizons. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheory
Fire Musical Curiosity
Widen Horizons
Music System - Instrument Models - Theory Tools. Interworking Pure. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheorySystem - Instrument - Theory Tools
Interworking Pure
Awareness Of Harmony In All Around Us. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheory Awareness Of Harmony
In All Around Us
Music Visualisation: Get Basics Working First, Then Simplify. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryBasics Working First
Then Simplify
Music Visualisation: Work Out From The Familiar And Easily Represented. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryWork Out From The Familiar
And Easily Represented
Music Visualisation: Presentation Priorities. A Clear Focus On Visual Models. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryPresentation Priorities
A Clear Focus On Visual Models
Music Theory Tools: Distilled Visual Patterns Driven Directly By Your Notation #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryDistilled Visual Patterns
Driven *Directly* By Notation Examples

Notation exercises can project subtle transformations by means of relevant theory tools: characteristic cultural/modal sequences, inversions, reflection, rotation, key and chord transformations, and the qualities associated with specific chord types and intervals.

Music Visualisation Platform: Support Purchasing But Without Advertising. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheorySupport This
Without Distractions, So.. →
Music Visualisation Platform:  Ads, No, Curated Instrument-To-Builder Links, Yes. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryAds, No
Curated Instrument-To-Builder Links, Yes
Music Visualisation: Augment/Improve Existing YES. Replace NO. #VisualFutureOfMusic #WorldMusicInstrumentsAndTheoryAugment/Improve Existing YES
Replace Existing NO

Beyond these are questions of workflow and architecture, for which we have, for example, the likes of the current JAMstack good practice:
Decouple Building And Hosting Decouple Front And Backend
APIs Rather Than Databases Pre-baked Markup Enhanced With Javascript/D3.js

... which in turn suggest the following:
1. Entire Project on a CDN 2. Everything Lives in Git 3. Modern Build Tools
4. Automated Builds 5. Atomic Deploys 6. Instant Cache Invalidation

Dynamic content in the form of user-preference-driven menus, notation, and instrument and theory building models, and the underlying code factories suggest at least in part an API approach, perhaps in conjunction with other recent concepts, such as serverless functions. Should these or other aspects of delivery pipeline strategy need radical change, this can be done using Git as the fulcrum around which the move is coordinated..

To finish off this post, there have been a number of recent ideas and advances in pursuit of 'idealized' continuous Delivery / Deployment / Integration workflows. This is something I expect to be able to write about in the context of this platform in the near future.


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.