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HAL workshop 1. Interdisciplinary perspectives - Deep & Distant Listening

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Sussex Humanities Lab

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Humanising Algorithmic Listening is an AHRC funded network which brings together experts with an interest in the applications and implications of machine listening from diverse disciplines including oral history, sensory ethnography, archive services, computer science, philosophy and music technology. The principle aim is to develop a critical and methodological agenda for the design and development of computational methods for audio analysis - listening algorithms - for future arts and humanities research.

The first workshop aims to lay the foundations for an interdisciplinary research agenda by bringing together researchers and practitioners from history, archive services, philosophy, media archeology, sound arts, computer science and computer music to share archival, technical and critical perspectives on algorithmic listening.

On day 1 core participants will give short presentations to stimulate an initial mapping out of future research agenda. Following the round table on day 2, participants will work together in groups to consider the sorts of questions machine listening might open up in humanities research. Teams will be armed with python notebooks loaded with relevant machine listening and learning libraries. The winning idea will be submitted to online data science community, Kaggle, helping to highlight both new possibile opportunities, as well as potential challenges of deploying computer scientific methods in the humanities.

All discussions will be mediated and documented by human and machine listeners.

We will consider questions such as:

  • What are the challenges and opportunities of working with large digital audio databases for humanities researchers, sound artists and archivists?
  • How is machine listening being applied in other areas of research and practice and what can we learn from this?
  • What are the cultural, epistemological or phenomenological implications of technologically mediated listening?
  • How can ideas from the history of philosophy of technology be applied to productively shape ethical and technical designs in the future?

For more information please visit the website: www.algorithmiclistening.org




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