IMV PhD Midway Assessment for Cagri Erdem
We wish to invite you to an open midway assessment for our PhD fellow in musicology, Cagri Erdem.
To comment on the candidate's work, we have invited Professor
Marcelo M. Wanderley from McGill University in Montreal.
Doctoral Research Fellow Cagri Erdem
The midway assessment is organized in two parts, and starts with a two-hour public seminar, followed by a closed meeting.
The purpose of the midway assessment is to evaluate the progress of the PhD project at a point when it is still possible to make small or more substantial changes.
14:15 - 15:00 Presentation by Cagri Erdem
15:00 - 15:45 Comments by, and discussion with, Marcelo M. Wanderley
15:45 - 16:15 Plenary discussion with the public
Following the public event, there will be a closed meeting between the candidate, invited opponent, and supervisors (16:15-17:15).
Playing ‘in the air' can be seen as a way of music appreciation, and also has potential for music expression. But when you play an ‘air instrument'–for example, the ‘air guitar'–what are you actually playing? How do you move and exert effort without being restricted to a physical instrument, and what kind of sound is supposed to be produced? I will present how I tackle these questions in my PhD project, which is based on a two-fold research model of (a) exploring the shapes of muscle energy that is continuously transduced into sound on the electric guitar, and (b) using these shapes as part of a machine learning framework for designing mappings in a new ‘air instrument’. The argument is that such shapes can be empirically studied, and their digital representations can be used to transfer data from one domain (motion, physiology, audio) to another.