I began piano studies at age 3, completed a doctorate from Eastman at 28, and founded my first music-tech startup not long after that. But that’s just where things get started.
scroll down to see a chronological overview of my journey…
After 20 years of formal musical training, I began studies with George Rochberg until his death in 2005.
Eastman School of Music
Graduated Eastman with Doctorate of Music (Comp/Piano/History with Computer Music Specialization)
Taught advanced composition, graduate pedagogy, theory, aural skills, and computer music at Dickinson College and West Chester University
Machine Listening Research
Developed machine listening and classification algorithms and tested a range of business cases. Left university teaching to maintain ownership of IP.
Initial patent filing: Pub. No.: WO/2009/085054 International Application No.: PCT/US2007/089225. Applied classification and similarity technology to copyright infringement detection.
Publishing and Validation
Published “Adaptive Melodic Segmentation and Motivic identification” at International Computer Music Conference, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Related talks followed at Vanderbilt University, NYU, and Drexel University.
Founded Clio Music
Raised “Series-A” venture capital and relocated company to NYC. As Chief Science Officer I headed design and development of Clio algorithms that deliver ‘sounds-like’ similarity metadata for music of any style or genre.
Tracking Musical Influence
Clio Music partners with Rumblefish and TiVo (formerly Rovi). Clio technology begins powering TiVo’s “Music Metadata Influence” offering. Awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,084,677 (US8084677)
Mellon Foundation Research
Awarded Mellon Foundation Grant to research descriptors in musical contexts. To do this, I developed cognition-based machine listening algorithms and performed network analysis of musical descriptors to identify connections between musical affect and language. You can read more about this work here.
The Beethoven Machine
“The Beethoven Machine” is an interview produced by Sean Hurley about Isomer that aired nationally on Here & Now (NPR) on November 21, 2014.
Composition in the Digital World
Composition in the Digital World — Conversations with 21st Century American Composers by Robert Raines contains in-depth discussion about the state of computational creativity and the modern musical landscape. You can order your very own copy here.
Created Isomer software to explore computational creativity. Over time Isomer learns how human-composed music creates and satisfies expectation (emotional tension) and uses this to assist me as a creative partner. This work is ongoing, but you can hear our most recent collaborative effort here.