Elisabeth Weber

Visualisation of Sound

Eine abstrakte Visualisierung von Musik

Visualisation of Sound

Visualisation of Sound

Hochschule / Fachbereich

Fh Augsburg/ Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh
Multimedia/ Computer Science

URL der Hochschule

» http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk

Betreuer des Projekts

Dr. Greg Michaelson

Kommentar des Betreuers

Elisabeth Weber's visualisation of music represents an engaging synthesis of technical skill and aesthetic sensibility. Elisabeth has investigated how to relate the aural properties of frequency, amplitude and duration inherent in a piece of music with more open visual properties of colour, shape, spatial location and dynamic change. Rather than mechanically linking these properties, as if their integration were purely an engineering problem, Elisabeth has explored the subtleties of their interaction, focusing on combinations for which there is broad psychological plausibility, tempered with her own well enunciated sense of visual and sonic media.
Elisabeth has constructed a robust and flexible system based on sound software engineering principles, making use of advanced contemporary techniques. She has employed a Fast Fourier Transform to identify significant components of the source music and has exploited concurrency to enable independent visual and aural components to change and interact. The system is controlled by a simple but effective graphical user interface. The system was constructed systematically, using simple prototypes to guide detailed design and implementation decisions.
Elisabeth's system clearly reflects the synergies between her technical and artistic training. In particular, she has drawn strongly on the Masters level modules she took during her year as a SOCRATES student at Heriot-Watt University, notably those covering software development, usability evaluation, human factors, multi-media technology and multi-media design. Elisabeth was awarded high marks for her dissertation on her music visualisation system. As well as providing a detailed account of system development, this presented her system evaluation with users which suggested that, in music visualisation, size changes are more significant than colour changes for conveying the sense of a piece of music. Above all though, her system is a fascinating artefact in its own right.

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