How to make Music Research Open?

In this episode, we are talking about Music Research, and how it is to practice open research within this field.

Our guest today is Alexander Jensenius,  associate Professor at the Department of Musicology – Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion (IMV) at the University of Oslo.

He is also behind MusicLAb, an event-based project where data is collected, during a musical performance, and analyzed on the fly.

Live events & “data jockeying”

The aim of MusicLab is to explore new methods for conducting research, research communication, and education.

They set up live events at venues and studies human interaction in a musical context. During this event, they collect data from both musicians and audience members and explore different types of sensing systems that work in real-world contexts, such as breathing, heartbeat, muscle tension, or motion.

They also have a panel debate and what they call “data jockeying”. This is a live analysis of the data collected in front of the audience.

And rather than keeping the entire research process closed, MusicLab wants to share the data with the public, and show how it can be analyzed.

Their events are published on Youtube. Below you can find one of their events, and also an explanation of what they will measure and do during the event.

Behind the scenes:

The live event:

Blog and Munin

Also, it’s well worth reading the blog to our guest Alexander Jensenius. You can find it here.

We did the interview with Jensenius during the annual Munin conference in Tromsø, where he was one of our keynote speakers.

At the Munin conference we also made several other podcast episodes that you can find here:

Democratizing Health Research
Publishing in the Global South
Open Access in Latin America