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Adventures with Musical Data: Transforming Sound Recordings into Music Notation via MIDI

October 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In this hands-on composition workshop, we’ll explore how to transform audio recordings into MIDI information and music notation. In the process, we’ll reverse-engineer Austrian composer Peter Ablinger’s “Deus Cantando” (check out the linked YouTube video), get our hands dirty with sound information in various formats and representations, and come away with some practical knowledge about acoustics, data compression, and pattern recognition.

The workshop’s emphasis will be on creative experimentation with easy-to-use tools. No programming or computer music background is necessary. If you’d like to participate, please bring the following:

1. a laptop equipped with, first, a digital audio workstation (such as Reaper) that can import and manipulate MIDI and audio files, and second, a music notation program (such as MuseScore) that can import MIDI files;
2. some headphones;
3. the willingness to collaborate with some strangers, make something new, and share your impromptu creations with the group.

If you’re interested in attending, RSVP by email to with a brief description of your musical background, interests, and equipment.



October 21, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Center for New Music


Center for New Music
55 Taylor St.
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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