Michael Scott Cuthbert
A Musicology Colloquium Talk by Michael Scott (MIT).
Abstract: Computational musicology’s emphasis on perfect digital editions that cannot be decoded or read by anyone outside of the projects themselves sets it far behind music analysis projects created by outsiders theorists, composers, scientists, and programmers—who understand that decoding music is at least as important as encoding it. This talk will present results from imperfect encodings and un-critical editions to make claims about style and borrowing in popular and medieval music that are possible by prioritizing what we want to get out of digital humanities over what we want to put in.
The Musicology Program sponsors a Colloquium Series every year featuring distinguished guest scholars run by the graduate students in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies. Speakers are chosen from among graduate student nominations and may also include other scholars and special guests as available. Regular attendance at colloquia is a responsibility of graduate students enrolled in the Musicology Program. The events are all free and open to the community.