Mozart's Laptop: Implications for Creativity in Multimedia Digital Libraries and Beyond

Day - Time: 03 October 2016, h.15:00
Place: Area della Ricerca CNR di Pisa - Room: C-29
  • David Bainbridge (Professor of Computer Science at the University of Waikato - New Zealand)

Vittore Casarosa


If Mozart were alive today, what sorts of musical apps would such an innovative composer use on his laptop? In this seminar I will attempt to answer - at least in part - this question. We will metaphorically drop in on Wolfgang composing at home in the morning, at an orchestra rehearsal in the afternoon, and find him unwinding in the evening playing a spot of the new game Piano Hero which is (in my fictional narrative) all the rage in the Viennese coffee shops! From a pedagogical perspective, these three scenarios are chosen because they cover the main forms of digital music representation: audio, sheet music, and symbolic notation. In each case I will demonstrate software prototypes that combines digital music library and music information retrieval research to provide novel forms of access and management of musical digital content. I will then broaden the discussion and relate the work to other forms of media, and (going beyond this) contemplate whether the presented research fits the established definition of a digital library, or if it is perhaps time to repurpose traditional ideas about the structure and capabilities of digital libraries, or even revisit what we define as a digital library.
Professor Bainbridge is Director of the New Zealand Digital Library Research Project