Completed thesis

Posted by Anita on September 15th, 2008 — in documents, milestones, screenshots

I submitted my written thesis in early August 2008.  Rather than continue to hold off on posting it for IP reasons, I’m going to opt for the “open is better” attitude and just post it.  I hope that this will encourage people to chat with me about where this research stands, where it’s going, and how they can get involved.

If this is your first visit to this site, I’ll briefly catch you up: This is a blog for my Masters thesis at the MIT Media Lab, on a music browser called MusicBox.  In this blog, you can find screenshots and videos of the project, which show the interactive maps that MusicBox creates.

I intend to continue developing MusicBox in the coming year, but will likely not update this blog with the developments, since the project as a thesis is complete.  Once I decide where I will post updates, I will add a link here.  (The new place will have a more complete set of screenshots and videos.)

If you would like to read my written thesis (10.2 MB, 124 pages), you can download the PDF.  Feel free to send me feedback, either by posting a comment here or by emailing me.

Here is what MusicBox looked like at the time my thesis was submitted:

MusicBox screenshot


A quick guide to the parts of this interface is displayed here:

(See my written thesis for much more detail.)

MusicBox screenshot, annotated

Crit Day presentation

Posted by Anita on November 19th, 2007 — in documents, feedback

Here are the slides from my presentation today.

Key points raised during the question session:

  • Concern about a 3D interface… will it be too complicated? (Dave/Sajid)
  • Is there a commonsense language for music? (John/Henry)
  • How can the elements of soundsieve be maintained and built upon here, at this higher level? (Tod)
  • Will moods be represented in the space? (Paul)
  • Interesting social aspect possible. Maybe you can even “bump up against” someone else’s music, and influence movement/representation in their musical space. (Dave Merrill)