Turning to a new area of focus, music, Tuesday’s Transduction Open Table highlighted Professor Tae Hong Park of New York University. Professor Park was invited to lecture by Professor Ted Coffey, a professor of Composition and Computer Technologies in the McIntire Department of Music. A composer and music technologist, Professor Park focuses on composition of electro-acoustic and acoustic music. Electro-acoustic music can be defined as “manipulation of acoustically-played music with experimental electronic techniques.”
During the Open Table, Professor Park spoke about his current ongoing project focused around the preservation of electro-acoustic music (EAM). The project, called the Electro-Acoustic Music Mine (EAMM), is broken into four tasks: collecting, archiving/preserving, exploration/visualization, and analysis, all using crowd-sourcing. There are also three resulting phases: submission server, archival server, and content-based music analysis and visualization.
Professor Park discussed the challenges of the project, which he compared to the challenges that curators face when attempting to preserve visual artwork. Because the field is so new, there is little technology that already exists to preserve electro-acoustic music. Professor Park also stressed that it is imperative to preserve EAM as it plays a role in enriching contemporary musical thought. Professor Park continued his discussion of the EAMM project in a colloquium later in the afternoon wit a Public Talk in the Newcomb Kaleidoscope Room.
Another unique aspect of Tuesday’s Transduction table was its location: WallSpace, located in the Chemistry Department. The brainchild of Professor Cassandra Foster, who is also the creator of the Transduction Lecture and Discussion Series, WallSpace is a makerspace (similar to OpenGrounds) that attempts to foster collaboration across a number of different disciplines. The space contains a variety of resources, including white boards, projection capabilities, and mobile project cabinets (and coffee!).
While we will further explore a number of U.Va.-based interdisciplinary spaces such as WallSpace in a future blog series, it is important to highlight the intersection of these spaces with the unique Open Table discussions that OpenGrounds both hosts and supports across Grounds. Tuesday’s Transduction Open Table served to further this spread of ideas across the University community, as faculty and students from a variety of fields were able to explore new ideas in a novel communal space. OpenGrounds looks forward to further collaboration with other makerspaces across U.Va. and the Charlottesville community.