U.Va. Computer Science Grad Student Develops ‘Musical Heart’

Musical Heart - UVA Today

Photo: Dan Addison

“Musical Heart works by merging a microphone that detects the pulse in arteries in the ear with earphones that bring in music from a playlist on a smartphone. An app selects tunes that optimize the heart rate of an individual user based on a given activity, whether running, walking or relaxing – playing fast-paced music for hard workouts, and slowing the beat for cool-downs. An algorithm refines the music selection process of the system by storing heart rate data and calculating the effects of selected music on the rate. Over time, it improves music selections to optimize the user’s heart rate.” (Fariss Samarrai, UVA Today)

Intelligent software assigns appropriate background music for pictures

Intelligent software assigns appropriate background music for pictures“The program utilizes the expertise of movie producers in assigning appropriate background music for pictures, enabling users to select music that will harmonize with their impressions of their last summer vacation without putting in an extraordinary amount of effort.” (AlphaGalileo Foundation)

With Enough Bandwidth, Many Join the Band

With Enough Bandwidth, Many Join the Band - New York Times

Photo: T.C. Worley for The New York Times

“Skype and other videochat programs have transformed the simple phone call, but the technology is venturing into a new frontier: it is upending and democratizing the world of music lessons.  Students who used to limit the pool of potential teachers to those within a 20-mile radius from their homes now take lessons from teachers — some with world-class credentials — on other coasts or continents.” (Catherine Saint Louis, NYTimes.com)

Player Hater

“While we might not aspire for every EDM nerd’s latest SoundCloud mix to undergo an elaborate process of theorization before it gets uploaded, large swaths of the web rely on a few extremely limited techniques for the visual representation of audio online. Understanding those techniques, studying their history, and developing a critical vocabulary will be important first steps in taking greater advantage of the medium’s vast and plastic potential.” (Jonathan Sterne, FLOW)