Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Film Music (particularly the processes of film-score production)
Musical Theatre (conducting, musical direction, creative process)
Orchestration (particularly in film music and musical theatre)
Adaptation between film and musical theatre
Published: Nov 24, 2006 by Ethnomusicology Forum
Authors: David Cooper and Ian Sapiro
We explore the historical background to some of the early technologies for automatic transcription, which were developed for or adapted to serve the purposes of the ethnomusicologist. We suggest the software Praat, designed for the analysis and synthesis of speech, has the potential to replace the various custom-fabricated devices labelled melographs, and illustrate some of its capabilities through brief discussion of its application to a song recorded by the north Ulster musician, Joe Holmes.