“Understand music differently!” : a series of blog posts about Contemporary Popular Music
For a long time, making music has involved instruments and — more generally — technology. Technological advances can profoundly transform music-making practice, as shown by synthesisers, samplers, sound effects, and Digital Audio Workstations. Recently, artificial intelligence (A.I.) has found more and more applications in music production.
To develop relevant A.I. technology that will have a lasting effect on music production, we must spend time understanding how music is made and conceived. We can’t rely exclusively on Western classical music theory, as today’s music is different in both production methods and results.
In our series “Understand music differently!”, we explore music, production, audio, music information retrieval, and artificial intelligence in music from a different perspective – to better understand the music of today.
- Intuitive understanding of MFCCs
- Evaluating the importance of monitoring level in mixing and mastering
- Vocal setups in Contemporary Popular Music
- A.I. in music: from advertising soundtracks to innovations in style
- Pitch strength in Pink Floyd, Eminem and Meshuggah
- “Pitch” doesn’t necessarily mean “notes”. The example of Kanye West’s “On Sight”.
- Contemporary Popular Music that doesn’t use equal temperament
- Why adjusting the song’s tonality to the kick drum sample may be a good idea
- What’s up with the Loudness War in 2022?