Onward! 2015
Sun 25 - Fri 30 October 2015 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
co-located with SPLASH 2015
Thu 29 Oct 2015 14:37 - 15:00 at Grand Station 3-5 - Session the Second Chair(s): Karim Ali

In the Western classical tradition, musicians play music from notated sheet music, called a score. When playing music from a score, a musician translates its visual symbols into sequences of instrument-specific physical motions. Hence, a music score’s overall complexity represents a sum of the cognitive and mechanical acuity required for its performance. For a given instrument, different notes, intervals, articulations, dynamics, key signatures, and tempo represent dissimilar levels of difficulty, which vary depending on the performer’s proficiency. Individual musicians embrace this tenet, but may disagree about the degrees of difficulty.

This paper introduces musiplectics (music + plectics, Greek for the study of complexity), a systematic and objective approach to computational assessment of the complexity of a music score for any instrument. Musiplectics defines computing paradigms for automatically and accurately calculating the complexity of playing a music score on a given instrument. The core concept codifies a two-phase process. First, music experts rank the relative difficulty of individual musical components (e.g., notes, intervals, dynamics, etc.) for different playing proficiencies and instruments. Second, a computing engine automatically applies this ranking to music scores and calculates their respective complexity. As a proof-of-concept of musiplectics, we present an automated, Web-based application called Musical Complexity Scoring (MCS) for music educators and performers. Musiplectics can engender the creation of practical computing tools for objective and expeditious assessment of a music score’s suitability for the abilities of intended performers.

Thu 29 Oct

13:30 - 15:00: Onward! Papers - Session the Second at Grand Station 3-5
Chair(s): Karim AliTU Darmstadt
onward2015-papers13:30 - 13:52
Mattias De WaelVrije Universiteit Brussel, Stefan MarrINRIA, France, Joeri De KosterVrije Universiteit Brussel, Jennifer B. SartorVrije Universiteit Brussel, Wolfgang De MeuterVrije Universiteit Brussel
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onward2015-papers13:52 - 14:15
David H. LorenzOpen University and Technion IIT, Boaz RosenanUniversity of Haifa
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onward2015-papers14:15 - 14:37
Junsong LiBrown University, Justin Pombrio, Joe Gibbs PolitzSwarthmore College, Shriram KrishnamurthiBrown University
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onward2015-papers14:37 - 15:00
Ethan HolderVirginia Tech, Eli TilevichVirginia Tech, Amy GillickVirginia Tech