College - Author 1

College of Liberal Arts

Department - Author 1

Music Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BA in Music



Primary Advisor

Laura Kramer, College of Liberal Arts, Music Department


This project serves as an exploration of the capabilities of music visualization, specifically as it pertains to limitations on source separation. Utilizing several different source separation and visualization techniques, I draw upon proof-of-concept visualization software I have constructed to inform a design structure that could be applied to large ensembles.

Functionally, the two programs (one for static audio files and one for live audio) are very similar. Both take audio of one or more voices and construct a visual representation, but their implementations differ drastically. For static audio files, a .wav file is uploaded, the user specifies how many voices are in the piece, and the program constructs a visualization. For live audio, the user connects audio from each voice to a computer running Ableton Live with the program installed as a Max/MSP patch, feeding each input to the patch and producing the visualization.


The author also received a degree in Computer Science from the College of Engineering.

Music Visualization (22603 kB)
Code for Visualization Exploration



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