Computer-Assisted Music Analysis with an Emphasis on Spatiality in Music Performance Practice
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FMU, Beograd, oktobar 2-3, 2019
Radionicu vodi Dr Nico Schüler, Distinguished Professor of Music Theory & Musicology, Texas State University

Lecture portions of this workshop will introduce students to the history of computer-assisted music analysis from the earliest attempts during the 1950s to current approaches, methods, projects, and software packages today.

For the practical portions of this workshop, students will participate in one of the following projects to pursue an original research projects, the results of which will be presented at the 13th Biennial International Conference on Music Theory and Analysis (in Belgrade) on October 4 or 5. All projects will analyze music recordings (either commercial recordings by well-known musicians or recordings of student performances). Students may participate in choosing the music to be analyzed, formulating research questions and the research methodology, before pursuing the research in small groups of 4-7 students. If possible, each student should bring a computer (Windows computer or Mac) to the workshop. For most of the projects we will use Sonic Visualiser ( and various VAMP plugins ( Possible Projects:
- “Timing in Music Performances: Same Music, Different Performers” will analyze various performances – by different performers – of the same piece of music to find similarities and differences, and how expressive time correlates to certain musical features.
- “Timing in Music Performances: Same Music, Same Performer (Different Performances)” will analyze various performances – by the same performer! – of the same piece of music to find similarities and differences.
- “Rubato in Music Performances” will analyze how and to which degree performers use rubato to achieve higher musicality, and perhaps how the use of rubato relates to the chosen tempo.
- “How ‘blue’ are Blue Notes?” will investigate how performers perform “blue notes” in blues or jazz.
- “Tempo in Performances of Music” will investigate what tempi various performers choose for certain types/genres of music, how tempo deviates within a piece of music, and (possibly) if the choices of the tempo are historically accurate.
- “?” – open possibility for another project

Work to be completed before the workshop: Students will be asked to read some published papers in preparation of this workshop.
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