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Learning about harmony with Harmony Space: an overview

Holland, Simon (1994). Learning about harmony with Harmony Space: an overview. In: Smith, Matt; Smaill, Alan and Wiggins, Geraint A. eds. Music Education: An Artificial Intelligence Approach. Workshops in Computing. London: Springer, pp. 24–40.

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Recent developments are presented in the evolution of Harmony Space, an interface that exploits theories of tonal harmony. The design of the interface draws on Balzano's and Longuet-Higgins' theories of tonal harmony. The interface allows entities of interest (notes, chords, chord progressions, key areas, modulations) to be manipulated via direct manipulation techniques using a single principled spatial metaphor to make a wide range of musical tasks accessible for novices to perform. The interface can also be used by experienced musicians to make a range of expert tasks more tractable than by using conventional tools and notations. The interface is highly interactive and multi-modal, using two pointing devices and spatial, aural and kinaesthetic cues that all map uniformly into the underlying theory. Some recent implementations of Harmony Space are discussed, together with some of the musical tasks which they make tractable for beginners and experienced musicians. Aspects of the simple, consistent, principled framework behind the interface are outlined.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 1994 Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3-540-19873-3, 978-3-540-19873-4
Extra Information: This volume consists of Proceedings of a Workshop held as part of AI-ED 93, World Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, Edinburgh, Scotland, 25 August 1993.
Keywords: Roman Numeral; Chromatic Scale; Experienced Musician; Pilot Evaluation; Giant Step
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
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Item ID: 59664
Depositing User: Simon Holland
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2019 11:41
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2019 14:23
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