Music 254/CS 275b Spring 2021 Syllabus
Music 254/CS 275b "Computational Music Analysis "
Stanford University (Spring 2021).
This music information retrieval course (previously listed as "Music Query, Analysis, and Style Simulation") builds on the foundation of Music 253/CS 275A (Symbolic Musical Information). Using an open-source analysis platform (such as the Humdrum Toolkit (unix/bash shell), Humdrum Extras (C++), or Music21 (Python), or their preferred programming language/environment) students plan and design their own applications involving symbolic musical data.
The first four weeks cover basic areas of music analysis and retrieval and introduce basic principles of using the Humdrum Toolkit. Students may be assigned individual reading assignments pertinent to their research topic areas. The remaining six weeks are spent on individual project development, with weekly reports and discussions. Extensive help is available in the lab during hours allotted to class time. Students give verbal and written reports on their research at the end of the quarter. Some projects may be appropriate for continuation in independent-study modules.
|For class Zoom link|
|Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com|
|Meeting times:||Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30–1:50|
|Instructors:|| Eleanor Selfridge-Field (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Office Hours:||after class and by appointment on Zoom/Skype/Google Hangouts|
25% class participation, 75% project
wiki.ccarh.org/wiki/Music 254 Overview of topics presented in Music 254.
|Prerequisites:||Completion of Music 253/CS 275b, or demonstrated ability to use notation and sound software and associated requirements.|
|Textbook:||E. Selfridge-Field, ed., Beyond MIDI: The Handbook of Musical Codes (MIT Press, 1997). Available online by permission of the publisher.|
See also Music 253/CS 275a Syllabus
|1||30 March, 1 April 2021||
Harmony-related Humdrum tools
Performance analysis tool
|2||6 Apr 2021||
Lectures: Approaches to melodic and other musical-similarity assessment
Labs: Rhythm and score manipulation tools
|2||8 Apr 2021||
Regular Expressions (Text-based searching)
|2||13 & 15 Apr 2021||
Cope, Emmy, Emily Howell Lectures (Style Synthesis)
|4||20 Apr 2021||
Lectures: Complex Melodic Processes; Search Effectiveness and Modeling
Humdrum parsing in C++
|4||22 Apr 2021||
Humdrum & MIDI
|5||27 April 2021||
Patterning and Coherence in Music
|5||29 April 2021||
|6||4 May 2021||
Rhythm and Meter
Programming for Humdrum files
|6||6 May 2021||
Sonority distributions by bass-line scale degrees
|7||11 May 2021||
Recent developments in MIR
|7||13 May 2021||
Recent Work in Harmonic Analysis
|8||18 May 2021||
|8||20 May 2021||
|9a||25 & 27 May 2021||
|10||4 June 2020||
Project presentations in class.
|11||7 June 2020||
Project write-ups for students taking a degree in June 2021.
|12||11 June 2021||
Project write-ups for students continuing at Stanford (Deadline T.B.D.).
- Support tools:
- assemble: merge separate spines into single data stream.
- serialize: convert Humdrum data into single spine.
- humcat : concatenate multiple scores together (download data from web).
- ridx: remove various components of Humdrum file structure
- ditto: resolve meaning of null tokens.
- humsplit: split segmented Humdrum file streams into separate files.
- Unix tools:
- Support tools:
- Pitchmix and Markov analysis of composite sonorities
General Policies and University Rules
General policies and university rules:
- Delivery times:
- Assignments: by the start of the class for which they are due.
- Project writeup: by 11 p.m. 7 or 11 June 2021 by 11p.
- Honor code: We will act and expect you to act according to the Stanford Honor Code.
- Students with disabilities: Students who may need an academic accommodation based on the impact of a disability must initiate the request with the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) located within the Office of Accessible Education (OAE). SDRC staff will evaluate the request with required documentation, recommend reasonable accommodations, and prepare an Accommodation Letter for faculty dated in the current quarter in which the request is being made. Students should contact the SDRC as soon as possible since timely notice is needed to coordinate accommodations. The OAE is located at 563 Salvatierra Walk (phone 723-1066).
- Students in distress: Stanford offers an abundance of resources for students dealing with problems of a personal nature.
- Confidential support: (650) 736-6933
- Crisis hotline: (650) 725-9955
- Title IX questions: (650) 497-4955