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Dr Mark Gotham Music Information Retrieval Group

Dr Mark Gotham, Music Information Retrieval Group

Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Music;

Affiliated Researcher, Centre for Music and Science;

College Lecturer and Director of Music-Making, Churchill College;

Director of Music, Murray Edwards College;

Director of Studies in Music, Murray Edwards College;

Co-ordinator, Inter-collegiate Choral Award Scheme.

Research projects & themes

Music Information Retrieval:

Departments and Institutes

Affiliated Lecturer

Research Interests

The 'Music Information Retrieval Group at the University of Cambridge' (aka GothamLab) was established in 2017 to act as a point of coordination for students and researchers who are keen to get involved in collaborative MIR research. So far, the group has included members from the Faculties of Music, Computer Science, and Engineering, as well as external collaborators from other universities and Microsoft Research.

The primary research focus has been on MIR from scores and audio; there have also been related projects in automatic composition (most notably, 'Bachbot'), and there are now plans for a major, international collaboration on motion capture (retrieving information from musicians' movements) and several initiatives for the public benefit. This speaks to the group's commitment to the wider utility of its projects. Proposals which include a commitment to teaching, outreach, and accessibility are particularly welcome. Please contact Dr Gotham if you wish to know more or get involved.

'Scores of Scores'

'Scores of Scores' is a major contribution to the OpenScore encoding effort. In association with MuseScore, OpenScore, IMSLP, Michigan State University, and musicians all of the world, we are preparing to create and release publicly a large repository of 2,000 high-quality encoding of favourite Romantic Songs which any internet user will be able to download and use as they please.

Forthcoming Event

In association with the Cambridge Big Data Strategic Research Initiative, Cambridge Digital Humanities Network and the University of Cambridge Faculty of Music, a ‘Scores of Scores’ event will take place non June 19, combining elements of a conference, workshop, hackathon, and ‘encodathon’. Everyone is welcome, though spaces are limited and registration is essential.

Key Publications

Gotham, M. and M. S. Cuthbert (2018, in press): ‘Species or Specious? On the ‘Rules’ of Intervals and Range in Early Music (1300–1600), in Quinn and Shanahan eds The Oxford Handbook of Corpus Study, O.U.P.

Gotham, M. (2018, in press): ‘Towards a Cognitively-Based Quantification of Metrical Dissonance’, in Doffman, Payne, and Young eds The Oxford Handbook of Time in Music, O.U.P.

Gotham, M. (2018, in press): ‘Attractor Tempos in Brahms 2/iii’, (accepted and in press with Music Theory Spectrum).

Liang, F., Gotham, M., Johnson, M., and Shotton, J. (2017): ‘Automatic stylistic composition of Bach chorales with deep LSTM’. ISMIR 2017.

Gotham, M. (2017). ‘Hierarchy and position usage in mixed metres’. Journal of New Musicological Research, 46/2.

Gotham, M. and Gunn, I. (2016). ‘Pitch Properties of the Pedal Harp, with an Interactive Guide’, Music Theory Online, 22/4.


Selected writing for a public audience:

Gotham, M. (2017): ‘Open Scores, Open Music: New Digital Possibilities’, Classical Music Magazine.