What makes Bach sound like Bach? New dataset teaches algorithms classical music

“The composer Johann Sebastian Bach left behind an incomplete fugue upon his death, either as an unfinished work or perhaps as a puzzle for future composers to solve.

A classical music dataset released Wednesday by University of Washington researchers — which enables machine learning algorithms to learn the features of classical music from scratch — raises the likelihood that a computer could expertly finish the job.”

Read more at UW Today.

RIPM Online Archive

The UW Music Library is exploring a new article database and we want to hear from you!  RIPM  Online Archives of Periodicals is an international, highly annotated database with detailed content analysis of writings on musical history and culture between 1800 and 1950–from Beethoven to Bartok, from Berlioz to Berg, and from Schubert to Shostakovich–all provided by internationally-recognized scholars and editors. RIPM currently indexes the contents of 140 music periodicals including articles, reviews, illustrations, music examples, advertisements, press reviews, and more. In addition, RIPM offers more than 5,000 English-language translations of articles from journals in other languages.  Try it by November 15th and tell us what you think at musiclib@uw.edu!

How does music relate to equity?

How does your research relate to EQUITY? Tell the UW community at Scholars’ Studio!

Submit a proposal by Friday, October 28th, for a 5-minute lightning talk and join us at the 2016-2017 Scholars’ Studio series. Scholars’ Studio is a fun, informal event featuring 10 presentations (5 minutes each) from an interdisciplinary group of graduate students and postdocs.

Hosted by the UW Libraries Research Commons and the UW Graduate School CORE Programs, Scholars’ Studio gives students the opportunity to share their research across disciplines, make connections and build presentation skills.

Scholars’ Studio: EQUITY

Thursday, November 17th

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Presentation Place, The Research Commons, Allen Library South

Need ideas? Think:  Social justice. Race. Employment. Environmental justice. Oppression & resistance. Gender. Education. Accessibility. Class. Health care. Equal opportunity. Immigration. Law. Housing. Bias. Citizenship. Disparities. Technology. Environment. Connect your research!

Learn more and submit a short 150-word proposal here: http://commons.lib.washington.edu/scholarsstudio

To request disability accommodation as a presenter or attendee, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (FAX), or dso@u.washington.edu, preferably at least 10 days in advance of the event.

Upcoming Digital Scholarship & Open Access Events

Please join the UW Libraries at these two upcoming events!

Hacking the Academy: Simpson Center Digital Humanities Summer Fellows Showcase

October 24, 4-5pm, Research Commons, Room Green A

Each year the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities offers four faculty and four graduate students funding to create a digital humanities project.  Learn more about this program and see examples of the work created by a sampling of this year’s Summer Fellows.  This is also a great program for those who want to learn more about the work of digital humanists!

Hacking the Academy: Open in Action

October 26, 4-5pm, Research Commons, Room Green A

Come celebrate Open Access Week by hearing how UW faculty and staff are working to keep their work open.  Four short talks will offer examples of openness through public scholarship, open science, and through the creation of open textbooks.  There will be plenty of time following the short talks for your own questions and discussion around our theme “open in action”.

These programs are part of a new program series we’re piloting in the Libraries this year called Hacking the Academy.  The series is designed to explore interdisciplinary trends in how scholarship is produced, evaluated, archived, and reused through showcases, discussions, and lectures.  Watch for more Hacking the Academy events later this year.  Learn more about these events on our Digital Scholarship website.