Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Currently Reading: Music And Probability, by David Temperley

Highly recommended. Academic in the extreme, the book tackles Bayesian probabilistic analysis and its implications for musical cognition.

At CUSEC 2009, Avi Bryant told the crowd of engineering students to disregard blogs (no matter how well-formatted) in favor of academic papers in computer science and mathematics. It's good advice. This book is giving me ideas on how to awaken Archaeopteryx from its long slumber, and while my automated refactoring experiments draw on only a few comparable projects, the academic papers on the subject are fascinating and promising (the strongest area of research appears to be graph theory).