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2014-11-17 11:30 Does Wagner do your head in?

By Tim Crawford

The Transforming Musicology team was in much evidence at last week's performances of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle at the Birmingham Hippodrome (5-9 November). With the invaluable support of the Hippodrome, we have been able to capture physical data from at least seven participants for each opera, six of whom valiantly attended all four operas - a total of some 15 hours! Seated together in excellent seats in row K, they were able to enjoy the full operatic experience, which, to judge by their comments we heard in the intervals and after each show, was pretty intense. The Shimmer3 devices each wore on a wrist seem to have performed perfectly, and don't seem to have become uncomfortable, even over the two-hour stretches of the longest acts. These measured three basic types of data: galvanic skin response (GSR), heart rate (HR), and their micro-movements in three dimensions.

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2014-09-30 14:30 Introducing Wagnerism

By David Baker

If Richard Wagner were to have known before he died that some scientists in the future would create a psychometric tool to measure the "Wagnerism" in a given individual, would he be flattered or appalled? It's a strange question, but it's a question you could ask since that's what we have been working on here on the Transforming Musicology project.

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2014-05-19 11:15 Listening for Leitmotives in Wagner

By David Baker

It's hard to hear anything mentioned about the music of Richard Wagner without also hearing someone mention the word 'leitmotif'. Leitmotifs, if you are unfamiliar with the term, are small, dynamic musical ideas that are associated with a person, place, idea, or feeling. These leitmotifs undergo many different transformations throughout Wagner's operas and most importantly, contribute to the dramatic narrative. While this may be common knowledge to most musicologists, how different groups of people actually experience these leitmotifs has remained very unexplored in much of the academic literature.

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2014-05-07 16:45 Marking up opera

By Richard Lewis

One of Transforming Musicology's core musicological work packages addresses the leitmotive technique of Richard Wagner. In this work we are applying a mixed disciplines approach comprising: humanistic literature study of the ways the leitmotives have been identified and discussed since the operas' first performances up to the present; computational audio similarity experiments to find known leitmotives and potential leitmotive candidates; and pyschological listening tests of participants with a range of Wagner experience to understand how they hear the operas and the leitmotives.

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