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Research Goals in Digital Music: A Ten Year View


Research goals for the next ten years lie at the heart of this Roadmap. The roadmap has identified six research goals which each unite a number of complementary research activities. These documents draw together current state-of-the-art research in digital music and outline future directions in key areas of research.

Bullet Machine listening

Machine listening involves the development of artificial devices and algorithms capable of analysing audio signals in such a way as to extract meaningful information about the music content and sound quality.

Bullet Fertile technological environments for creativity in music

While computer systems have been designed to allow composers and musicians to create musical compositions and performances using sound synthesis, digital signal processing algorithms and other musical tools, there is insufficient understanding of the human factors associated with the creative process.

Bullet Music exploitation and dissemination

New technologies have changed the way many people use, access and listen to music. Developments in access, searching, archiving and rights management will be important to the future development of music exploitation and dissemination.

Bullet Musical innovation

Music created using computer technology has become a key expression of 21st century culture. Technology has created new possibilities for composition and performance innovation for many creative musicians. Many new possibilities are emerging.

Bullet High-level parametric control of musical information

The control of audio and musical processes can often require cumbersome manipulation of numeric parameters, to adjust computer algorithms or devices. An integration of knowledge from human sciences, acoustics and signal processing could result in powerful and complex audio systems controlled by simple descriptors.

Bullet Sound reproduction and recording

Among the most critical processes in the chain of digital music production and its reception are those of sound recording and reproduction. These are well advanced but there are still many potential developments in transducer technology, and in the capture and reproduction of sound fields.