Our Lectures are always working to further the research in their field. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing with you just some of the work that they do. This week is Dr Vanessa Hawes, our Senior Lecturer in Music.
The Hanging Garden Project Stage 4: Interrogating form and creativity using eye-tracking
Based around songs from Schoenberg’s Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten, Op.15 (1908-9), the Hanging Garden Project is primarily a study in musicological interdisciplinarity. The analysis history of the songs show them to be representative of two very interesting areas for investigation: firstly, the relationship between music and text (Schoenberg’s use of Stefan George’s poetry); and, secondly, Schoenberg’s early atonality. Both of these influence, and are influenced by, the ambiguous and dynamic structure of the songs, and the interpretability of form, and the idea of dynamic—rather than static—musical structures, provide a focus for empirical work.
Eye-tracking project (Psychology and Music collaboration: Dr Vanessa Hawes and Dr Kate Gee). The eye-tracking project is data-rich (n=~50), and can be framed and broadened to three different areas: interaction of visual and aural stimuli when perceiving structure; perception of structure as creative process; and the way eye-tracking can be used to interrogate structural decision-making processes. Here is a link to a video introduction to this work:
In October 2015 we went to Paris to present a paper on the first part of this research at the Tracking the Creative Process in Music Conference. Here is a link to a video of that paper: http://medias.ircam.fr/x054fab.