Graves, Alan, Hand, Chris, Hugill, Andrew

1999

MidiVisualiser: Interactive music visualisation using VRML

Organised Sound: Vol. 4, no. 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 15-23.

URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/jid_OSO

Language(s): English

Keyword(s):

MIDI Visual Representation

Abstract:

This article describes the design and implementation of MidiVisualiser, a virtual environment which provides an interactive visualisation of MIDI music data. Section 1 explores music visualisation in general and examines the role of computers and virtual environments. Section 2 briefly surveys existing music visualisation research and places MidiVisualiser in context. Section 3 examines various techniques of visualisation and discusses composite dimensions and ‘Benediktine cyberspace’, including a description of how visualisation techniques derived from them were used in MidiVisualiser to overcome some of the difficulties associated with representing large numbers of data attributes simultaneously. Sections 4 and 5 contain an overview of the implementation and evaluation of MidiVisualiser, while section 6 discusses future work and conclusions.