From Vinyl to YouTube: Engineering the 21st Century Music Industry

Michael Casey, Professor and Chair, Department of Music, Dartmouth College

Friday, November 5, 2010

This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series

From Edison's Phonograph, MP3, and AAC, to Pandora, the iPod, YouTube, and Facebook, music and culture are transformed by technology. In this talk I will discuss how signal processing, information theory, signal detection theory, machine learning, and randomized algorithms are impacting music. Examples will cover machine listening, content-based music analysis and retrieval, digital musicology, scaling engineering to the Web, search by groove, identifying forged recordings, and musical brain imaging.

About the Speaker

Michael Casey is Professor and Chair of Music at Dartmouth College. He works at the Bregman Music and Audio Research Studio at Dartmouth, which is an interdisciplinary laboratory investigating the links between music, information, cognition, and neuroscience. He received his doctorate from the MIT Media Laboratory and since has held positions as Research Scientist at MERL, Cambridge, and Professor of Computer Science at Goldsmiths, University of London. Michael was a contributor to several "MPEG" standards (ISO Motion Pictures Experts Group) and co-founder of the Online Music Recognition and Searching (OMRAS2) project in the UK, which is a collaboration between the University of London, Dartmouth College, and a number of music and Internet industry partners.