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Title: The Relevance of Digital Humanities to the Analysis of late Medieval/Early Renaissance Music
Contributor(s): Stoessel, Jason  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2016
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.15496/publikation-21599Open Access Link
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Abstract: In a seminal publication on computational and comparative musicology, Nicholas Cook argued more than a decade ago that recent developments in computational musicology presented a significant opportunity for disciplinary renewal. Musicology, he said, was on the brink of new phase wherein "objective representations of music" could be rapidly and accurately compared and analysed using computers. Cook's largely retrospective conspectus of what I and others now call digital musicology-following the vogue of digital humanities-might seem prophetical, yet in other ways it cannot be faulted for missing its mark when it came to developments in the following decade. While Cook laid the blame for its delayed advent on the cultural turn in musicology, digital musicology today-which is more a way of enhancing musicological research than a particular approach in its own right-is on the brink of another revolution of sorts that promises to bring diverse disciplinary branches closer together. In addition to the extension of types of computer-assisted analysis already familiar to Cook, new generic models of data capable of linking music, image (including digitisations of music notation), sound and documentation are poised to leverage musicology into the age of the semantic World Wide Web. At the same time, advanced forms of computer modelling are being developed that simulate historical modes of listening and improvisation, thereby beginning to address research questions relevant to current debates in music cognition, music psychology and cultural studies, and musical creativity in the Middle Ages, Renaissance and beyond.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: International Winterschool Digital Musicology - Digitalisierung in der Musikwissenschaft
Conference Details: International Winterschool Digital Musicology - Digitalisierung in der Musikwissenschaft, Tbingen, Germany, 18th - 19th November, 2016
Grant Details: ARC/DP150102135
Source of Publication: International Winterschool Digital Musicology, p. 1-15
Publisher: German Society for Music Research
Place of Publication: Tbingen, Germany
Field of Research (FOR): 190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
080404 Markup Languages
080399 Computer Software not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 950101 Music
HERDC Category Description: E2 Non-Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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