SEEK: Salford Environment for Expertise and Knowledge

Edited Book
October 2013

Music and Technologies

Kuscinskas, D & Davismoon, S 2013, 'Music and Technologies', Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.


The book ‘Music and Technologies’ emanates from the proceedings of a conference held in Kaunas, Lithuania, which brought together musicians and computer scientists, educators and mathematicians from all over the world. It demonstrated that the intersection of music and technologies brings with it many startling and unexpected pathways for the future development of music research along with a deeper understanding of the human mind.

The main aim of this book is to augment discussion within the field of music technologies and to extend the many ideas of interdisciplinary music research developed currently at such important forums as the CIM (Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology) and the ISMIR (International Society for Music Information Retrieval). The book consists of a collection of articles exploring some of the main contemporary ideas in the field of music technologies – estimating the process of automatic cognition, reconstruction and simulation, measurement and re-creation of different aspects of music practice – always with sound and its notation or scoring uppermost in the investigations.


The computational theory of the cognitive relevance of musical similarity and repetition is formulated in a text by the Italian researcher Edoardo Acotto; real-time score generation through interactive generative composition, is presented in an article by two musicians based in England: Kingsley Ash and Nikos Stavropoulos. The Italian musicologists Paolo Bucciarelli and Dario Martinelli discuss the influence of the development of music technologies in the style of The Beatles. Some national aspects of music are analyzed in the articles by Jarun Kanchanapradit and Kittiphong Meesawat (Thai music); Edita Besasparytė and Darius Kučinskas (Lithuanian music). The modelling of factors to generate tonal hierarchies.


We hope that this book will be of use, above all, to music researchers involved in the field of music information retrieval. Some sections of the book will act as a good resource for music educators and students, while others will provide interesting examples of analytic music research, applying new interdisciplinary methods and tools.viii Preface and the tuning of a national instrument the skudučiai are explored in the text of the Lithuanian musicologists Rytis Ambrazevičius, Robertas Budrys and Rūta ¿arskienė. A historical analysis of the aesthetic crossover between music and architecture as an example of the oldest attempt to seek common structures and proportions in different fields of human creativity is presented in an article by yet another Lithuanian musicologist Rima Povilionienė. Finaly some of the educational spects of using technologies in sight singing are eplored in an article by the American musicologist Nico Schüler. 


I would like to express my deep gratitude to colleagues Professor Stephen Davismoon (University of Salford, Manchester, UK) and Professor Rytis Ambrazevičius (Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania) for their great help in preparing this book.


SEEK Members

External Authors

Darius Kuscinskas

Publication Details

Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.