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Music Perception and Cognition 2009-2010 Perfecto Herrera [email protected] About Perfe Member of the MTG since 1995 (studio engineer, research support, research management, information brokering)

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Music Perception and Cognition

2009-2010

Perfecto Herrera

[email protected]


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About Perfe

  • Member of the MTG since 1995 (studio engineer, research support, research management, information brokering)

  • More than 80 papers on topics mostly related to Music Information Research (in the top-20 cited authors in this field)

  • Background studies: Cognitive Science, Audio recording and post-production, Computer Music

  • Topics of interest: too many 

  • Main expertises: machine learning, statistics, MPC

  • Full-time professor and Head of the Dept. of Sonology in ESMUC, teaching Music Technology, Psychoacoustics, Seminar of Sonology

  • Other interests: vintage synthesizers, polar explorers, electronic & experimental music, science-fiction, gamelan


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Music Perception and Cognition

Web page

http://mtg.upf.edu/~perfe/cursos/mpc

Course wiki

http://iua-share.upf.edu/wikis/smc/Music_Perception_and_Cognition

  • Let’s listen to some music as a starter

  • Methodology

  • Calendar

  • Assignments

  • Resources


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Let’s listen to some music

What/How/Why do these examples challenge, illustrate, or sabotage our music perception/cognition mechanisms?

  • Paul Lansky – Iddle Chatter

  • Louis Couperin – Pavane en Fa Dièse Mineur

  • Pedro Guerrero – Dí, Perra Mora

  • Peter Brainer and his Baroque Orchestra – She Loves You

  • David Hykes – Diphonic self-counterpoint

  • Jean Claude Risset - Fall (from Computer Suite for Little Boy)

  • Diana Deutsch – Cambiata Illusion

  • Pink Floyd – Sheep

  • Aphex Twin - Omgyjya switch 7

  • Lamonte Young - The second dream of the high-tension line stepdown transformer from the four dreams of china

  • Peter Schikele - New horizons in music appreciation Beethoven



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How can we “reverse engineer” from outer space?the musical brain?

  • Strategy A: Let’s dismantle the brain into its basic components

  • Strategy B: Let’s treat it as a black-box: study how the output is affected by the input

  • In any case: we need a “theory” about the operations it performs

  • Why should you reverse-engineer the brain?

    • http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/cms/8996/9109.aspx


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    David Marr’s 3 levels of explanation from outer space?

    • Computational theory (problem definition): What is the goal of the computation, why is it appropriate, and what is the logic of the strategy by which it can be carried out?

    • Representation and algorithm (specific strategy): How can this computational theory be implemented? In particular, what is the representation for the input and output, and what is the algorithm for the transformation? (strategy B, previous slide)

    • Hardware implementation (implementation): How can the representation and algorithm be realized physically? (strategy A, previous slide)


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    Object of MPC from outer space?

    Which are the questions to be addressed by research on music perception and cognition?

    • From the computational theory level

    • From the functional level

    • From the implementational level

      Let’s write a list in the whiteboard!


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    Broad Definition of Music Cognition from outer space?

    • Music cognition addresses the mental activities involved in

      • Perceiving

      • Learning

      • Remembering

      • Producing

    MUSIC


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    Perception vs. Cognition from outer space?

    • Perception: transduction, basic sensations

      • Bottom-up (?), automatic (?), encapsulated

    • Cognition: musical knowledge

      • Top-down (?), consciousness-mediated (?), distributed

        BUT…

    • Bottom-up / Top-down distinction has been challenged by brain-cochlear connections and cortext-to-thalamus downward connections

    • Automatic / voluntary distinction has been challenged by research on implicit learning and knowledge


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    A graphical model from outer space?from Peretz i Coltheart (2003), Modularity of music processing, Nature Neuroscience, 6(7).


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    Why studying MPC in the SMC program? from outer space?

    • The human listener is in the center of many SMC challenges (see the SMC roadmap document)

    • Users, composers, performers and players do what they do because of the processes and structures we are going to study here

    • Reverse-engineering the musical brain is needed in order to capture, mimic or approximate human features in artificial music systems

    • It is a source of insights when addressing music technology development

    • Sooner or later you will have to do some evaluation of subjective issues (synthesis technique, quality of processing, goodness of music description)…

    • Your turn to add reasons: --- --- ---


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