Hello and welcome to the Paper of the Day (Po’D): Computational Ethnomusicology Special Issue. Today’s paper is the introduction to the 2013 J. New Music Research special issue on Computation Musicology:
E. Gómez, P. Herrera, and F. Gómez-Martin, “Computational Ethnomusicology: perspectives and challenges,” Journal of New Music Research, vol. 42, pp. 111–112, June 2013.
This entire issue is related to the overarching theme of our project DaCaRyH. In their introduction, Gómez et al. argue that the application of computers to the study of music practices of the world can and should go beyond tools for organising information. ”
“Computer models can be ‘theories’ or ‘hypotheses’ (not just ‘tools’ as a spreadsheet or a statistical package can be) about processes and problems studied by traditional ethnomusicologists.”
This expanded perspective then re-positions computer scientists as providing more than just tools, or hammers in search of problems. Instead, a deeper collaboration between two domains is possible, and should be encouraged. Gómez et al. note however that the articles in their special issue “barely represent” what they call, “Ethnomusicology core-problems.” (Toward that end, this looks like a good introduction for us non-musicologists.)
Our project DaCaRyH seeks to address exactly this.