Beyond the score: Music visualization and digital humanities


  • Margaret Lam

    Investigates Challenges Related to the Transmission, Preservation and Organization of Music Knowledge
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Editor's Summary

Among the humanities, music is especially powerful for reflecting time and place and evoking personal experiences and memories. Yet music research in the digital humanities has attended little to socio-cultural context, tradition, history and performance knowledge, instead focusing on the musical score and technical elements. To have an impact on music scholarship, digital research in the music domain must be considered more broadly. An example is the work of Alexander Chan, whose cutting edge music research may be appreciated as interactive installations but gets little recognition within digital humanities. Music research has fallen short in its use of digital technology to understand theory, composition, musicology and the preservation and transmission of music knowledge. Despite music's evocative power, its conceptual scope in digital research is narrow.