Background and Research
I completed my Ph.D. at the MIT Media Lab in 2006. This page is no longer being updated.
Morwaread Mary Farbood's website at NYU for more current information.
Modeling Musical Tension
- Dissertation research. A quantitative, parametric model for describing musical tension based on
empirical data that takes into account multiple, disparate musical features including
melodic contour, harmony, onset frequency, tempo variations, rhythmic regularity, and dynamics.
- Analysis and synthesis of Palestrina-style counterpoint using probabilistic Markov chains.
Music Universals Study
- Online study in collaboration with Josh McDermott
(MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences department).
Parts 1 and 2 are designed by McDermott, Part 3 is designed by me.
- A graphical computer-assisted composition application that facilitates composition through the
intelligent mapping of musical features to graphical abstractions.
Future Music Blender -
An interactive music technology exhibit at the Haus der Musik in Vienna. I wrote software that allowed museum visitors
to compose with sound using sampled audio controlled by physical gestures.
- MAX/MSP object that analyzes audio input from a violin and generates appropriate harmonic accompaniment.
System designed for violinist Joshua Bell.
- Graphical application that allows users to model sounds with additive synthesis and other audio techniques.
Nature of Mathematical Modeling
- Simulations of differential equations and cellular automata.