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International Summer School on Computational Musicology (ISSCoM2016)

September 20-22, 2016
University of Music FRANZ LISZT, Weimar, Germany

The recent years have seen rapid advances in the field of computational musicology and music information retrieval (MIR) which opened up new exciting research opportunities in many musicological subfields. Today, new user-friendly and freely accessible software tools and the wide availability of musical data sets (e.g., the Weimar Jazz Database) bring musicology closer to data-driven research which is most likely to have a broad impact on the future of the field. Yet, there seems to be a certain lag in taking up these new tools mostly due to missing learning opportunities. The International summer school on Computational Musicology (ISSCoM2016) wants to bridge the gap by providing such an opportunity.

The summer school will provide a comprehensive introduction into methods, applications, and potentials of computational musicology and music information retrieval. Besides the discussion of theoretical concepts, research objectives and methodical approaches, hands-on exercises using selected software tools (Sonic Visualiser, Tony, MeloSpyGUI) will be the main focus. The last day is reserved for own small research projects by the participants. Results of these projects can be presented during the ensuing International Jazzomat Research Workshop 2016 (September 23-24, 2016), that brings together researchers from music psychology, music information retrieval and jazz studies.

The summer school aims at (advanced) students of musicology as well as at music researchers, music teachers, and musicians who want to broaden their perspective. No specific previous computer knowledge is required. The summer school is organized by the Jazzomat Research Project and will be taught by members of the project.

The summer school will be held in the lovely historic city of Weimar at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT. No admission fee will be charged, but participants will have to care about their own travel and accommodation. Since the number of places is limited, participants should apply with a succinct letter of motivation including short biographical information to Prof. Dr. Martin Pfleiderer before June 1, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be sent by June 15, 2016.

September 20-22, 2016.
University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar
hochschulzentrum am horn, Seminarraum 1 & 2
Carl-Alexander-Platz 1
D-99425 Weimar, Germany
Stefan Balke
Teaching Language:
Free (accommodation, food and traveling not covered).
Deadline for application:
June 1, 2016
Notification of acceptance:
June 15, 2016
Credit Points:
5 ECTS (including workshop participation and project presentation)
Apply to:
Prof. Dr. Martin Pfleiderer
Institut für Musikwissenschaft Weimar-Jena
Carl-Alexander-Platz 1
D-99425 Weimar, Germany
Accomodation recommendations

Download ISSCoM flyer (PDF) (en/de)

Program (preliminary)

Monday, September 19, 2016

20:00 Get together, Gasthof Luise, Steubenstraße, 99423 Weimar

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

9:00-13:00 Morning session

13:00-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-18:00 Afternoon Session

20:00 Evening program, t.b.a.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

09:00-13:00 Morning session

13:00-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-18:00 Afternoon Session

20:00 Evening program, t.b.a.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

09:00-18:00 Research projects

20:00-23:00 Get together, Jazzomat Workshop, t.b.a.

Friday, September 23, 2016

09:00–12:30 Jazzomat Workshop (Session 1)

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-14:30 summer school project presentations

15:00-18:30 Jazzomat Workshop (Session 2)

21:00-24:00 Jam Session, Kasseturm

Saturday, September 24, 2016

9:00-12:30 Jazzomat Workshop (Session 3)

12:30-13:30 Final discussion: Perspectives for computational methods in jazz research

13:30-14:30 Lunch break

14:30 End

The Teachers


Klaus Frieler

studied physics and mathematics in Hamburg and graduated 1997 with a diploma in theoretical physics. After years working in the software industry, he finished his Ph.D. in Systematic Musicology in 2008 with a dissertation on mathematical models of melody cognition. From 2008 to 2012 he worked as a lecturer for Systematic Musicology at the University of Hamburg. Currently, he is a post-doc researcher with The Jazzomat Research Project. He also works as (music expert witness), scientific consultant, lecturer and programmer. His main research interests are computational musical, modelling of music cognition, music creativity, music information retrieval and popular music research. Homepage: www.mu-on.org


Stefan Balke

Stefan Balke studied electrical engineering at the Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany. He is currently pursuing a PhD degree in the Semantic Audio Processing Group headed by Prof. Meinard Müller at the International Audio Laboratories Erlangen which are a joint institution of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and the Fraunhofer-Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen IIS. He has been working as a researcher in the field of music information retrieval since 2014. His research interests are music retrieval and structure analysis for both classical and jazz music. In his spare time, he plays trumpet in several local bands and projects.


Martin Pfleiderer

studied musicology, philosophy, and sociology at Gießen university, and received a doctorate there in 1998. From 1999 to 2005 he was assistant professor for Systematic Musicology at Hamburg University where he received his postdoctoral lecture qualification (habilitation) in 2006 with research on rhythm in jazz and popular music. In 2009 he became professor for the history of jazz and popular music at the Liszt School of Music in Weimar. Since 2012 he is principal investigator in the Jazzomat Research Project funded by the German Research Foundation. He has also performed as jazz saxophonist with various groups.