Interactive Multimedia Performing Arts Collaborative Technology Conference

NYU Music Experience Design Lab (MusEDLab)
NYU Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions
35 W. 4th St., New York, NY 10012 
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Saturday, August 6 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Don't Be Square: Writing the Fluid Rhythms You Hear in Your Head

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Standard rhythm notation is not a passive receptacle for conveying a composer’s heard or played intention faithfully; instead, it actively shapes the composed result. This can morph the music away from what the composer intended, often outside the composer’s awareness — especially for less experienced composers. This project responds to a trend among my composition students: those who compose first in staff notation tend to write more simplistic, “square” rhythms, while those who compose first by playing or singing and then transcribing, or by initially entering notes into a piano-roll midi editor — tend to write more subtle, fluid rhythms. More accurate transcription requires more skill. This session tests these ideas via a hands-on assignment, and proposes a yet-to-be-built “beat marking” software tool that would preserve the subtlety of the way people create rhythms in their heads, voices and fingers, while helping them convert those sounds to standard notation more easily.

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Robinson McClellan

"Robinson McClellan is a composer, teacher, and music technology obsessive. As a composer he has received commissions, awards and residencies from the Albany, Ft. Worth, and Knox-Galesburg Symphonies, Macalester Concert Choir, Toronto Choral Artists, Parthenia Viol Consort, MacDowell... Read More →

Saturday August 6, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room 779 - 7th Floor

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