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The Music and Sound Cultures (MaSC) research laboratory is a collective of researchers focusing on the multidisciplinary study of music from the Arab World and neighboring regions through computational and humanistic methods. These researchers represent a broad spectrum of expertise, including ethnomusicology, machine learning, music composition, performance and improvisation, library science, computational modeling, and the digital humanities. Having as a primary goal the study and dissemination of music from this region, the group currently hosts several projects that range from the preservation of collections of field or rare commercial recordings, to developing innovative ways of conducting musical heritage analysis, preservation, and dissemination.
The group's collaborative engagement with fields including ethnography and field recording, cataloging, computational analysis and re-synthesis — intersecting approaches from traditional and digital humanities with engineering and computer science — gives a unique multidisciplinary lens for understanding, analyzing, and disseminating the musical heritage from this region. The different projects undertaken by the group ultimately aim at creating new ways of meaningfully interacting with music heritage, allowing scholars to browse large collections of music through their audible or structural characteristics, through the computational recreation of the musical styles using innovative software applications and through the intersection of musical heritage archival materials, including photos and recordings that could be lost to time if not preserved in perpetuity.
Music and Sound Cultures main goal is to deepen the knowledge about the music from the Western Indian Ocean region. We are developing a multidisciplinary methodology that combines computational approaches incorporating recent developments in artificial intelligence with ethnomusicological and music-theoretical approaches involving intensive collaboration with cultural practitioners. This unique methodology is intended to contribute scholarship and creative work in a range of formats (including scholarly papers, audiovisual documents, artistic endeavors, and computer applications) that reveal the relationships between musics of non-Eurogenetic tradition, and what these relationships can teach us about how musical practices and ideas flow from one culture to another.
|Ghazi Al-Mulaifi||Visiting Assistant Professor|
|Juan Bello||Professor of Music Technology and Computer Science and Engineer, Director of Center of Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and Music and Audio Research|
|Brian McFee||Assistant Professor of Music Technology and Data Science
|Beth Russell||Associate Director for Research Services and Strategy, Associate Academic Librarian for the Humanities
|Juan Sierra||Global PhD Student Fellow||PhD Student|
|Safeya Alblooshi||Kawader Research Fellow||Research Assistant|
|Amna H. Alnowais||Filmmaker||Visiting Scholars|
|Dimitris Andrikopoulos||Professor of Composition, Polytechnic of Porto||Visiting Scholars|
|Waleed Al Madani||Filmmaker||Collaborator|
|Akshay Aantapadmanabhan||Mridangam Artist||Collaborator|
|Brad Bauer||Head of Archives and Special Collections||Collaborator|
|Andrija Klaric||Sound and Interaction Designer||Collaborator|
|Leonid Kuzmenko||Composer and Sound Designer||Collaborator|
|Vince Nguyen||CITIES Post-Graduate Fellow||Collaborator|
|Sertan Sentürk||Data Science and machine Learning Engineering Expert||Collaborator|
|Maryam Al Shehhi||Literature and Creative Writing and Political Science Student
|Prajjwal Bhattarai||PPTP Student|
|Guari Kedia||PPTP Student
|Aaron Marcus-Willers||PPTP Student
|Enid Mollel||PPTP Student|
|Nghia Nim||Computer Science and Mathematics Student|