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Dr Alan Marsden

Dr Alan Marsden

Senior Lecturer

The LICA Building
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YW


Tel: +44 1524 593774
Office hours: Mon. 2-3pm; Wed. 12-1pmCounty Main B140

Affiliations

CAT - Centre for Contemporary Arts Thinking

PhD Supervision Interests

Computational musicology, music information retrieval, intelligent music software systems, formal music theory, Schenkerian analysis

Office Hours

Mon. 2-3pm; Wed. 12-1pm
County Main B140

Web Links

Personal website: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/staff/marsdena

Research Interests

I am interested in scientific and mathematical approaches to music, not because I think music can be reduced to formulae?I believe it cannot?but because we learn a lot in the attempt. Furthermore, with computer tools, a systematic approach allows us to do interesting musical things. Since July 2004, I have been editor of the leading journal in the area of scientific, systematic and technological research in music, the Journal of New Music Research.

My principal research objective is to develop computational systems which allow us to reach a deeper understanding of how music presents an aural environment which captivates a listener's attention. To this end, I have developed software which implements some aspects of Schenkerian theory (a quasi-grammatical theory of music which reveals underlying hierarchical structures). I am also interested in computational methods which allow us to extract information or test theories on large datasets of music, whether in the form or audio recordings or representations of scores.

In other work, I have studied formal representation of time in music, and more recently pitch. I am interested more generally in music software systems which operate in a properly 'musical' manner, and have subsidiary interests in visualisation and educational software.

Current Teaching

At undergraduate level, I teach sound synthesis and design and psychology of music. I supervise dissertations in systematic musicology. At postgradute level I am convenor for the module on Critical Thinking.

Selected Publications

Interrogating melodic similarity: a definitive phenomenon or the product of interpretation?

Marsden, A. 2012 In: Journal of New Music Research. 41, 4, p. 323-335 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Schenkerian analysis by computer: a proof of concept

Marsden, A. 09/2010 In: Journal of New Music Research. 39, 3, p. 269-289 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

'What was the question?': music analysis and the computer.

Marsden, A. 2009 Modern Methods for Musicology. Crawford, T. & Gibson, L. (eds.). Farnham: Ashgate, p. 137-147 11 p. (Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2013

Towards computable procedures for deriving tree structures in music: context dependency in GTTM and Schenkerian theory

Marsden, A., Hirata, K. & Tojo, S. 2013 Proceedings of the Sound and Music Computing Conference 2013. Bresin, R. (ed.). p. 360-367 8 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsConference contribution

Identity dimensions and age as predictors of adult music preferences

Leadbeater, R. & Marsden, A. 2013 Developing the musician: contemporary perspectives on teaching and learning. Stakelum, M. (ed.). Farnham: Ashgate, p. 7-28 22 p. (SEMPRE Studies in the Psychology of Music)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2012

Melodic Similarity: A Re-examination of the MIREX2005 Data

Marsden, A. 23/07/2012 p. 653-659 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Interrogating melodic similarity: a definitive phenomenon or the product of interpretation?

Marsden, A. 2012 In: Journal of New Music Research. 41, 4, p. 323-335 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

Software for Schenkerian Analysis

Marsden, A. 07/2011 0 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

The Plurality of Melodic Similarity

Marsden, A. 07/2011 p. 5-10 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

2010

Schenkerian analysis by computer: a proof of concept

Marsden, A. 09/2010 In: Journal of New Music Research. 39, 3, p. 269-289 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Recognition of variations using automatic Schenkerian reduction.

Marsden, A. 08/2010 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

2009

Ambiguity and multiplicity in music representation.

Marsden, A. 01/2009 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

'What was the question?': music analysis and the computer.

Marsden, A. 2009 Modern Methods for Musicology. Crawford, T. & Gibson, L. (eds.). Farnham: Ashgate, p. 137-147 11 p. (Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2007

Tools for Searching, Annotation and Analysis of Speech, Music, Film and Video: A Survey.

Marsden, A. A., Lindsay, A., MacKenzie, A. & Nock, H. 30/11/2007 In: Literary and Linguistic Computing. 22, 4, p. 469-488 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Automatic Derivation of Musical Structure: A Tool for Research on Schenkerian Analysis.

Marsden, A. A. 23/09/2007 p. 55-58 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

Timing in music and temporal logic.

Marsden, A. 2007 In: Journal of Mathematics and Music. 1, 3, p. 173-189 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

Generative Structural Representation of Tonal Music.

Marsden, A. A. 27/06/2005 In: Journal of New Music Research. 34, 4, p. 409-428 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Towards Schenkerian analysis by computer: a reductional matrix.

Marsden, A. 2005 Proceedings of international computer music conference (ICMC), Barcelona 2005. p. 247-250 4 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2004

Extending a network-of-elaborations representation to polyphonic music: Schenker and species counterpoint.

Marsden, A. 20/10/2004 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

2001

Representing Melodic Patterns as Networks of Elaborations.

Marsden, A. A. 1/02/2001 In: Computers and the Humanities. 35, 1, p. 37-54 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2000

Representing musical time: a temporal-logic approach.

Marsden, A. A. 2000 Lisse: Swets & Zeitlinger Publishers. 252 p. (Studies on new music research; 4)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Music, intelligence and artificiality.

Marsden, A. A. 2000 Readings in music and artificial intelligence. Miranda, E. R. (ed.). Amsterdam: Harwood Academic, p. 15-28 14 p. (Contemporary music studies; v. 20)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1999

Computers and the concept of tonality

Marsden, A. 1999 Information technology and scholarship: applications in the humanities and social sciences. Coppock, T. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, p. 33-52 20 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

  • Optical Music Recognition from Multiple Sources

    01/01/2014 →
    This project is funded under the AHRC Big-Data initiative, and aims to make use of the large quantity of information available in on-line scans of music scores to improve the accuracy of Optical Music ... Read more»
  • Transforming Musicology

    01/10/2013 → 30/09/2017
    Transforming Musicology is funded under the AHRC Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities scheme. It seeks to explore how emerging technologies for working with music as sound and score can ... Read more»
  • Analysing Musical Structure

    01/01/2008 →
    This project investigated the implementation of Schenkerian Analysis, resulting in the first computer software capable of making a Schenkerian reduction from a short extract of musical score with no h ... Read more»