Distributed tools for interactive design of heterogeneous signal networks

Now available online: Malloch, J., Sinclair, S., M. M. Wanderley (2014). Distributed tools for interactive design of heterogeneous signal networks. Multimedia Tools and Applications. DOI: 10.1007/s11042-014-1878-5

We introduce libmapper, an open source, cross-platform software library for flexibly connecting disparate interactive media control systems at run-time. This library implements a minimal, openly-documented protocol meant to replace and improve on existing schemes for connecting digital musical instruments and other interactive systems, bringing clarified, strong semantics to system messaging and description. We use automated discovery and message translation instead of imposed system-representation standards to approach “plug-and-play” usability without sacrificing design flexibility. System modularity is encouraged, and data are transported between peers without centralized servers.

Sonification Talk at CIRMMT Workshop on Symbolic Music

CIRMMT Logo Mike Winters will present his research on Sonification at the CIRMMT Workshop on Symbolic Music Processing, Semantic Audio, and Music Information Retrieval. The talk, entitled “Sonification in MIR: Corpora Analysis and Music Emotion Recognition Model Matching,” concludes the workshop, and will include motivations and techniques for sonification in symbolic music analysis, and his research in sonification of emotion, most specifically in emotion model matching.

Sonification of Emotion Research to Appear in Organized Sound

Organised Sound Masters student R. Michael Winters' research on Sonification of Emotion is scheduled to appear in the April 2014 issue of Organised Sound. The paper is entitled “When the Data is Emotion: Strategies and Results from the Intersection of Sonification and Music,” and features the first ever computational design and evaluation of sonifications of emotion. He used the MIREmotion function from the MIRToolbox and specially designed two MATLAB frameworks for interactive exploration and iterative design. The paper will also appear in Chapter 4 of his manuscript based thesis, ”Exploring Music through Sound: Sonification of Emotion, Gesture, and Corpora.”