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University of Waikato Inaugural Lecture Series

University of Waikato Inaugural Lecture Series

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  • Tue 17 May ’16, 5:00pm


Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Gate 2B, Knighton Rd, University of Waikato, Hamilton


All Ages

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Mozart's Laptop: Using computers to aid the creative process

Imagine if Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony wasn’t ever recorded because a young Ludwig forgot to jot down the famous notes “Da-da-da duuumm”.

Research by Professor David Bainbridge, from Computer Science at the University of Waikato, ensures musicians won’t have to worry about forgetting or misplacing that next big hit. Professor Bainbridge is creating tools that will make a musician’s job of composing, storing, retrieving and performing their music much easier.

David’s background is in Digital Content Management, or ‘digital libraries’. He is the Director of the Greenstone project, an open-source, general purpose software that has been used by everyone from the New York Botanical Society to the Kazakhstan Human Rights Commission. His work on the project, including collaborations with the United Nations to make the software multilingual, saw the group receive the Namur Award in 2004 for IT development for humanitarian aid.

In his Inaugural Professorial Lecture on 17 May, David will explain his current research on Music Information Retrieval (MIR); using digital libraries to store and retrieve music files. “Computer algorithms can be powerful tools to assist in managing and creating content, but the interfaces need to be user-friendly. And that’s where I’m most interested; bringing the two together.”

Lecture starts 5:15pm.

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