Music and moods workshop series

Investigation on music features and mood classification for the project has started. I am currently holding a series of workshops at xMPL Music Recording Studio within Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UCI. These workshops have the aim of formalizing elements of music improvisation, composition, conduction and listening, from the perspective of semiology and semiotics, in terms of moods that can be expressed by music. The workshop is held once a week. Musicians currently involved are: Borey Shin, Michele Cheng and Molly Jones.

Seminar on giving and dance teaching practices

Today I gave a talk on the concept of giving within the course of Prof. Lisa Naugle “Teaching Methods”, at the Dept. of Dance at UCI. Prof. Naugle, who is also Department Chair at the Dept. of Dance, welcomed me in her class for discussing the relations between giving and dance teaching practices. The impossibility of a gift without any return was explored with particular reference to the philosophy of Jacques Derrida, Guido Zingari and the writings of Carlos Castaneda. We discussed the concept with the class and confronted it to the role of a teacher in dance practice.

The class allowed for an exploratory feedback on the topic, thus contributing to the definition of the framework within which an interactive system could operate in terms of moods, successfully.

Computation of Language Laboratory

I am currently, and proudly, part of the Computation of Language Laboratory (CoLa Lab). Under the direction of Prof. Lisa S. Pearl, CoLa Lab investigates the complex system we call human language, focusing on information acquisition and extraction. Some of the questions that members of CoLa Lab attempt to answer have a great relevance in Musical-Moods. For example:

How do people acquire the non-linguistic information about the world that they do from the language data that they have? Can machines be made to do it as well? This includes questions about authorship & identity, message tone, and transmission of mental states through language.

The main technique of investigation we use is empirically-grounded computational modeling, drawing on constraints from realistic examples of human language and what we know about how humans process language information. Complementary techniques include psycholinguistic methodologies to assess knowledge in children and adults, and human computation methodologies for gathering realistic samples of language use and interpretation.