Graduate Project Idea

Phase one: research effectiveness of graphical notation at conveying rhythm in HS students.  Hypothesis – MIDI grid is more effective than traditional notation in this specific area.

Phase two: HS novices devise alternate notation styles that depict time cycle/duration versus pitch.  I take the best few examples and make living versions of them using a combination of Quartz Composer and either a DAW like Logic or a custom PD patch (whichever works better for demonstration of the concept).

Phase three: adapt the best visualization for an art installation type use.  Maybe link up the PD patch to something that breathes like a Twitter feed, and use that to generate incoming notation data for the QC patch.

What do you think out there?  Too broad/narrow?  Hit me up on Twitter with your ideas.

Author: Will Kuhn

I teach music technology to high schoolers. I do some other stuff too. @willkuhn on Twitter.

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