Center “Music – Edition – Media”

The project “ZenMEM” combines experience, concepts, and methods of musicology, several fields of computer science, and media sciences. The focus of this project’s research activities lies on musical and non-textual objects in the scope of digital music editions.

Spine

With the rapid evolution of technology, sensor aided performances and installations have gained popularity. Important criteria for stage usage and artistic experimentation are partially met by existing approaches, oftentimes trading off programmability for ease of use. Spine is a new sensor interface that presents a comprehensive solution without that trade-off.

Digital Music Archive

The University of Music Detmold has an extensive collection of historical audio documents, which are currently being digitized. The collection contains pieces by both nationally and internationally renowned artists and covers a significant part of the history of recording technology.

Interactive Scores

The recording of classical music is mostly centered around the score of a composition. During editing of these recordings, however, further technical visualizations are used. Introducing digital interactive scores to the recording and editing process can enhance the workflow significantly and speed up the production process.

TouchNoise

TouchNoise is a digital musical instrument that is based on multitouch interaction with a particle system. Each particle represents a sine oscillator that moves through the two-dimensional frequency and stereo panning domain via Brownian motion. Particles can be dragged, attracted, repelled, accentuated, and their autonomous behavior can be manipulated by applying vector field and flocking functionalities.

AmbiDice

AmbiDice is an easy to use, light-weight, tangible music controller – a 12-sided dice. Rolling or deliberately rotating the die changes the music to be played by a remote device. Typical devices are smartphones and computers. The music may be a selection from a predefined tracklist or realtime algorithmically composed and synthesized music.

Distributed Ensembles

When musicians play together while being distributed in space, e.g., in a park or in a historic building, they need help in order to stay synchronized. Such setups are oftentimes supported by click tracks on wireless headphones. WebMaestro is a web-based click track editor and player, which makes it easy to generate click tracks and lets the user perform changes quickly.

setscene

setscene analyzes the movie sets of films of cinema history. This helps getting acquainted with movies in a new, innovative manner: Where are scenes of comedies or horror movies set? Do some directors prefer specific sets, locations, settings? Which movies have been set in trains, a skyscraper, a wine cellar, etc.?

Movie Pulse

Are you interested how forms of positive stress are triggered within a movie? Movie Pulse identifies those moments through temporal measuring your heart rate. A movie timeline with a graph is depicting the high and low moments in a 30 minutes interval. Movie Pulse is available for iOS devices, an Apple Watch is required.