September 15th, 2014
I like the idea of an application to aid with practicing and it would definitely be useful for those times where I look at something for the first time and just think "I have no idea how this sounds." Something that would cause me concern is that just the nature of using a digital application to actually correct its users is that it could lead to a very standard or textbook interpretation of a piece of music. This might be fine for some more classical genres but for others, say jazz, an application like this might actually do more harm than good because as far as I can tell it does not allow for much interpretation.
I like how you shifted your original idea into something just as cool but more relevant to the assignment. My one issue is that while searching the internet for relevant keywords would definitely make a cool graph, it would not be able to add new data when "certain elements are added" in real time. If there was a way to correlate the data to a time stamp, the issue would be solved, but I'm not sure how one would go about doing that.
I like this concept. It's certainly hard to learn musicality-- 15 years of piano and I still don't have it down completely-- but it's nice that you're trying to analyze how it works in an attempt to teach others how to gain it. What if a person is using your application for the first time and is listening to a genre of music that is entirely new to them. If they are looking at a song and see that "wobble bass" comes up, but they have no idea what that is, is there a way for them to figure out what that means? Perhaps a definition could appear if you hover over the word? Otherwise, the concept is very creative and could definitely prove useful.
Good job of clarifying ideas based on the feedback from class. I have often heard that an "instrument is like an extension of yourself." Perhaps this could inform some alterations to your piece to make more of an emotional connection between the project and the audience. Also, how does your project connect to the readings and examples?
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