Seeing Sound

As a violist and science major, I am super-excited when music and technology collide. Recently, engineering researchers at the University of Jaen in Jaen, Spain have invented a system that can create sheet music based on perception of individual notes. Plus, the individual musician, instrument, or location of performance DOES NOT MATTER.

The system works by identifying the spectral pattern of specific notes (vibrational motions from an instrument) to create a dictionary of sounds. The sound bytes (WAV format) are converted to a reader-friendly version (MIDI format). What is so fascinating about this recent development is the self-learning capacity of this system. So far, it can interpret one instrument’s input at a time, but hopefully it can soon transcribe a whole orchestra’s performance of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.


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