Dr. Anja Volk
Professor, MSc, MA, PhD
I have a new job opening: A 4-years fully funded PhD position in Computational Music Structure Analysis, using modern functional programming languages. Application deadline is Sept 7, 2016. The PhD is expected to start within the next 6 months (before January 2017).
I am co-organizing the workshop Computational Ethnomusicology: Methodologies for a New Field, at the Lorentz Center in Leiden, March 27-31, 2017, with Andre Holzapfel and Peter van Kranenburg.
In August I attended ISMIR 2016 in New York with two papers of the MUSIVA-group (Meter Detection in Symbolic Music Using Inner Metric Analysis, Integration and Quality Assessment of Heterogeneous Chord Sequences using Data Fusion). As a member of the Women in MIR (WiMIR) initiative and the WiMIR-mentoring program committee (with Blair Kaneshiro, Amelie Anglade and Emilia Gomez), I organized the WiMIR session. Want to become a mentor and/or mentee in our international WiMIR mentoring program? Then check out information here. Check out https://twitter.com/hashtag/wimir and https://twitter.com/ismir2016 for some impressions from the presentation of the mentoring program at ISMIR 2016.
Marcelo Rodríguez López successfully defended his PhD Thesis Automatic Melody Segmentation on June 20, 2016.
I gave the opening keynote speech "Computational pattern search in folk music: challenges and opportunities" at the 6th International Workshop on Folk Music Analysis in Dublin, Ireland on June 15, 2016. Watch the video recording here, photo impression here.
On October 8th 2015, I gave an invited talk at the 3rd National eScience Symposium "Accelerating Scientific Discovery" at the Amsterdam ArenA, entitled Pattern search in music: digital methods for researching, classifying and accessing music.
Queen Mary University of London, June 22-25, 2015.
General Chairs: Oscar Bandtlow and Elaine Chew
Program Chairs: David Meredith and Anja Volk
Publication Chair: Tom Collins
Workshop Chair: Johanna Devaney
Proceedings: Lecture Notes in Artifical Intelligence 9110
Workshop at the Lorentz Center, International Center for Workshops in the Sciences
January 19-23, 2015, Leiden, the Netherlands
Scientifc Organizers: Christina Anagnostopoulou, Elaine Chew, Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, Anja Volk
SMC-ICMC Summer School on Computational Music Analysis, Athens, Greece, September 11-14, 2014. Lecturers: Christina Anagnostopoulou, Emilios Cambouropoulos, Olivier Lartillot, Alan Marsden, Aggelos Pikrakis, Costas Tsougras, George Tzanetakis, Anja Volk.
FMA 2013 (3rd International Workshop on Folk Music Analysis), June 6-7, 2013, Amsterdam. General Chair: Peter van Kranenburg. Program Chairs: Christina Anagnostopoulou and Anja Volk. Proceedings.
Journal of Mathematics and Music, Special Issue:
Journal of Mathematics and Music, Vol. 6(2).
Guest Editors: Anja Volk and Aline Honingh
*NEWS: Introduction to the Special Issue more than 2500 times accessed*
Mathematics and Computation in Music, 5th International Conference (MCM2015)
London UK, June 22-25, 2015, Proceedings
Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Folk Music Analysis (2013), Editors: Peter van Kranenburg, Christina Anagnostopoulou & Anja Volk; Utrecht University Repository.
Modelling musical similarity over time through the variation principle (MUSIVA) project description press release Dutch press release English
portrayal in NWO-Laureatenboek 2010, pdf
In the mediaOn June 2, 2015 I received the Spotlight award from the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Utrecht University, for my activities in disseminating my work to the general public
Professoren op het podium (Professors on stage): A theater evening over Music and Mathematics, organized and moderated by Jan van den Berg. Guests: Anja Volk, Jan Neerven and Frank Redig. Theater de Veste, Delft. 1 April 2015, 20:30.
KennisCafe Amsterdam: Rocking Science, with Anja Volk, Tom ter Bogt, Fleur Bouwer, Louis Grijp, organized by De Volkskrant, KNAW, science center NEMO, de Balie Amsterdam, 15 December 2014, 20:00-22:00. Watch at De Balie TV, listen at Kennis van Nu, Radio 5.
Radio Interview at Science 071 Sleutelstad, 17 December 2014, listen here, photo here. Update: This interview has been submitted to the NTR Radio Award 2015
Interview "De Volkskrant", 10 December 2014, pdf
Presentation at Bessensap 2014 (Science meets press): "Hoe herken je muziek?", 6 June 2014, photo impression
Portrayal in De Groene Amsterdammer, 31st October 2013, download print version here
Computational musicology in De Groene Amsterdammer, October 2013
e-data & research nr. 4 March 2011
Serving as a board member in
International Society for Music Information Retrieval
Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music
Computational Science Advisory Board of the Lorentz Center, International Center for Workshops in the Sciences, Leiden
Education2002: PhD in Musicology at Humboldt University Berlin: The Analytic Interpretation (download pdf here, for English abstract click here,)
1998 Master ("Diploma") in Mathematics at Humboldt University in Berlin.
1996 Master ("Magistra Artium") in Musicology at Humboldt University in Berlin.
Employmentsince 2011: Assistant Professor at Utrecht University
2006-2010: PostDoc in the WITCHCRAFT project at the Utrecht University and the Meertens Institute Amsterdam.
2003- 2005: Postdoctoral Fellow in the MuCoaCo-group at the Integrated Media Systems Center, Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California.
1998-2003: Research Assistant and PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Research Group for Mathematical Music Theory at the Technical University Berlin.
- Music Information Retrieval
- Music Cognition
- Computational Music Analysis
- Mathematical Music Theory
- Performance Theory
- Digital Humanities
- Computational Musicology
Recent PublicationsM.E. Rodríguez López, W. B. de Haas & A. Volk (2014), Comparing repetition-based melody segmentation models. Proceedings of the 9th Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology (CIM14), 143-148, Berlin: SIMPK and ICCMR.more ...
Microsoft Word - Ranking the proposals and feedback 170910
Microsoft Word - Ranking the proposals and feedback 170910
M.E. Rodríguez López, A. Volk & D. Bountouridis (2014), Multi-strategy Segmentation of Melodies. In: Proceedings of the 15th Conference of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR 2014) - October 27 - 31, 2014 Taipei, Taiwan, 207-212, Taipei, Taiwan: ISMIR press.
M.E. Rodríguez López & A. Volk (2014). Symbolic Segmentation: A Corpus-Based Analysis of Melodic Phrases. Sound, Music, and Motion - 10th International Symposium, CMMR 2013, Marseille, France, October 15-18, 2013: revised selected papers, pp. 548-557, Cham: Springer.
Microsoft Word - Ranking the proposals and feedback 170910
W.B. de Haas, A. Volk and F. Wiering (2013). Structural segmentation of music based on repeated harmonies. Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia, Anaheim, USA.
A. Volk and W.B. de Haas (2013). A Corpus-based study on Ragtime syncopation. Proceedings of the 14th International Society on Music Information Retrieval conference, Curitiba, Brazil. [pdf]
A. Volk and M.E. Rodriguez Lopez (2013). Symbolic Segmentation: A Corpus-Based Analysis of Melodic Phrases. Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval (CMMR 2013), CNRS, Marseille, France.
B. Jansen, W.B. de Haas, A. Volk, P. van Kranenburg (2013), Discovering repeated patterns in music: state of knowledge, challenges perspectives. Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval (CMMR 2013), CNRS, Marseille, France.
A. Volk and A. Honingh (2012). Mathematical and computational approaches to music: challenges in an interdisciplinary enterprise. Journal of Mathematics and Music, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 73-81. [pdf]
A. Volk and A. Honingh (eds), Mathematical and computational approaches to music: three methodological reflections. Special Issue, Journal of Mathematics and Music, Vol.6 (2), 2012.
A. Volk and P. van Kranenburg (2012). Melodic similarity among folk songs: An annotation study on similarity-based categorization in music. Musicae Scientiae, Online publication doi:10.1177/1029864912448329
P. van Kranenburg, A. Volk and F. Wiering (2012). A Comparison between Global and Local Features for Computational Classification of Folk Song Melodies. Journal of New Music research, Online first publication doi:10.1080/09298215.2012.718790
A. Volk, W.B. de Haas, P. van Kranenburg (2012). Towards modeling variation in music as foundation for similarity. Proceedings of the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC 12), Thessaloniki, pp. 1085-1094. [pdf]
P. van Kranenburg, A. Volk, F. Wiering (2012). On Identifying Folk Song Melodies Employing Recurring Motifs. Proceedings of the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC 12). Thessaloniki, pp. 1057-1062. [pdf]
D. P. Biró, P. van Kranenburg, S. Ness, G. Tzanetakis, A. Volk (2012). Stability and Variation in Cadence Formulas in Oral and Semi-Oral Chant Traditions — a Computational Approach, Proceedings of the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC 12), Thessaloniki, pp. 98-105. [pdf]
D. P. Biró, P. van Kranenburg, S. Ness, G. Tzanetakis, A. Volk (2012). On Computational Transcription and Analysis of Cadences in Oral and Semi-Oral Chant Traditions, Second International Conference on Analytic Approaches to World Music, Vancouver, Canada. [pdf]
A. Volk, F. Wiering, P. van Kranenburg (2011). Unfolding the Potential of Computational Musicology. Proceedings of the13th International Conference on Informatics and Semiotics in Organisations (ICISO), Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, 137-144. [pdf]
P. van Kranenburg, J. Garbers, A. Volk, F. Wiering, L.P. Grijp, R.C. Veltkamp (2010). Collaboration Perspectives for Folk Song Research and Music Information Retrieval: The indispensable Role of Computational Musicology. Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies, http://www.musicstudies.org/spring2010.html, [pdf]
F. Wiering, J. de Nooijer, A. Volk, H. J.M. Tabachneck-Schijf (2009). Cognition-based Segmentation for Music Information Retrieval Systems. Journal of New Music Research 38(2), 2009, 139–154. [pdf]
A. Honingh and A. Volk (2009), Mathematische muziektheorie: Nieuwe mogelijkheden voor muziekgerelateerd onderzoek. Dutch Journal of Music Theory, 14(3), 181-193. [download]
P. van Kranenburg, A. Volk, F. Wiering, R. C. Veltkamp. Musical Models for Folk-Song Melody Alignment, Proceedings of the International Society on Music Information Retrieval conference, 2009, Kobe, Japan, 507-512. [pdf]
Anja Volk (2008), The Study of Syncopation using Inner Metric Analysis: Linking Theoretical and Experimental Analysis of Metre in Music, In: Journal of New Music Research, Vol. 37:4, p. 259-273.[pdf]
Anja Volk (2008), Persistence and Change: Local and Global Components of Metre Induction using Inner Metric Analysis, In: Journal of Mathematics and Computation in Music, Vol. 2:2, p. 99-115. [Download Preprint of the article] Final version can be downloaded under: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17459730802312399 or send an email to me for the final version.
Anja Volk and Elaine Chew (2008), Reconsidering the Affinity between Metric and Tonal Structures in Brahms' Capriccio Op. 76, No. 8, In: Computing in Musicology, Vol. 15. [pdf]
A. Volk, P. van Kranenburg, J. Garbers, F. Wiering, R.C. Veltkamp, L.P. Grijp, A manual annotation method for melodic similarity and the study of melody feature sets, Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), 2008, Philadelphia, USA, 101-106. [pdf]
Justin de Nooijer, Frans Wiering, Anja Volk, Hermi J.M. Tabachneck-Schijf (2008), An experimental comparison of human and automatic music segmentation, In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC 10). Sapporo.
Justin de Nooijer, Frans Wiering, Anja Volk, Hermi J.M. Tabachneck-Schijf (2008), Cognition-based segmentation for music information retrieval systems. In: C. Tsougras, R. Parncutt (eds.), Proceedings of the fourth Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology (CIM08), http://web.auth.gr/cim08. [pdf]
Anja Volk, Jörg Garbers, Peter van Kranenburg, Frans Wiering, Remco C. Veltkamp, Louis P. Grijp (2007), Applying Rhythmic Similarity based on Inner Metric Analysis to Folksong Research, Proceedings of the 8th ISMIR conference, Vienna. [pdf]
Peter van Kranenburg, Jörg Garbers, Anja Volk, Frans Wiering, Louis P. Grijp, Remco C. Veltkamp (2007), Towards Integration of MIR and Folk Song Research, Proceedings of the 8th ISMIR conference, Vienna.[pdf]
Jörg Garbers, Peter van Kranenburg, Anja Volk, Frans Wiering, Remco C. Veltkamp, Louis P. Grijp (2007), Using pitch stability among a group of aligned query melodies to retrieve unidentified variant melodies, Proceedings of the 8th ISMIR conference, Vienna.[pdf]
Aaron C. Yang, Elaine Chew and Anja Volk (2005), A Dynamic Programming Approach to Adaptive Tatum Assignment for Rhythm Transcription, First IEEE International Workshop on Multimedia Information Processing and Retrieval (IEEE-MIPR 2005), Irvine, CA, December 12-14.
Anja Volk (2005): Modeling a Processive Perspective on Meter in Music. In: Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference, Barcelona.[pdf]
Anja Volk (2005): Coffee Bean (and other) Models about the Metric Structure of Music. In: Sebastian Bab, et. al. (eds.): Models and Human Reasoning - Bernd Mahr zum 60. Geburtstag. W&T Verlag, Berlin.[pdf]
Chew, Elaine, Volk (Fleischer), Anja and Lee, Chia-Ying (2005), Dance Music Classification Using Inner Metric Analysis: a computational approach and case study using 101 Latin American Dances and National Anthems. in The Next Wave in Computing, Optimization and Decision Technologies: Proceedings of the 9th INFORMS Computer Society Conference. Bruce Golden, S. Raghavan, Edward Wasil (eds.) Kluwer. ICS2005, Annapolis, MD, Jan 5-7, 2005.[pdf]
Noll, Thomas and Anja Volk (2005), Transformational Logic of Dissonances, In: Bernd Enders (ed.): Musik, Mathematik und Technik. Volkswagenstiftung.
Anja Volk (2004), Exploring the Interaction of Pulse Layers Regarding their Influence on Metrical Accents, In: S.D. Lipscomb et al.(eds): Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Music Perception & Cognition, Evanston, IL.[pdf]
Invited Lecturesmore ...
Oct 2011: Linking the computation and cognition of musical information, Music Dynamics Laboratory, Florida State University.
March 2011: Computational Musicology: Unfolding the Potential of an Interdisciplinary Enterprise, e-Humanities Brainstorm Meeting, NIAS, Wassenaar.
Feb 2009: Mathematics and the Groove in Music, Nationale Wiskunde Dagen, Noordwijkerhout.
March 2007: The Study of Persistence and Change in Meter using Inner Metric Analysis, ISMS seminar, Goldsmiths, University of London.
January 2007: Applying inner metric analysis to rhythm perception, analysis and classification, Music Cognition Reading Group, University of Amsterdam.
October 2004: Lecture “Inner Metric Analysis - The investigation of metric structures in relation to music theory and cognition” at the Pomona College Music Department, California.
August 2004: Lecture: “On Meter, Pulse, Accent and Harmony” at the University of Chicago Department of Music.
May 2004: Lecture “Ragtime, Fugue or Madrigal: Describing Metric Peculiarities with a Computational Approach” at the CCRMA Stanford University.
November 2013: Debate with Rens Bod on "Who's afraid of patterns. The particular vs. the universal. The implicit vs. the explicit." Workshop "Digital Humanities: Critical views and experiences", Amsterdam.more ...
June 2013: Segmentation Methods for Symbolic Music Similarity Research at the Fourth International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music
Sept 2012: Music and Science: Confronting ‘Imprecise’ Concepts with ‘Precise’ Models: What Can Be Gained? at International Study Day: Music and Science
Sept 2012: Modelling music similarity in MUSIVA: addressing interdisciplinary challenges of computational humanities at New Trends in e-Humanities
Feb 2012: MUSIVA: Linking variation and similarity in music, Symposium Harmony and Variation in Music Information Retrieval at Utrecht University
Feb 2012: The use of ICT in music research, SURF-onderzoeksdag, see a video impression of the day here
Oct 2011: Tutorial on Musicology at ISMIR 2011 with Frans Wiering, Miami Beach, Florida. Pdf-slides.
June 2011: Bridging the Gap: Computational and Mathematical Approaches in Music Research, Panel session co-chaired with Aline Honingh at MCM 2011 in Paris;
Oct 2010: A Moment of Opportunity for Computational Musicology, Symposium "Perspectives for Computational Musicology", Amsterdam.
Apr 2010: Mathematics and the Groove in Music, 46. Nederlands Mathematisch Congres, Utrecht.
July 2008: Cognition-based segmentation for music information retrieval systems, CIM4, Thessaloniki.
September 2007: Applying Rhythmic Similarity based on Inner Metric Analysis to Folksong Research, 8th ISMIR conference, Vienna.
June 2007: Rhythmic Similarity in the Oral Tradition of Folk Songs, 11th Rhythm Perception and Production Workshop, Dublin.
May 2007: Applying Inner Metric Analysis to 20th century compositions, conference Mathematics and Computation in Music, Berlin.
May 2007: Comparing Computational Approaches to Rhythmic and Melodic Similarity In Folksong Research, conference Mathematics and Computation in Music, Berlin.
October 2006: Creating a Search Engine for Folksongs... and Other Music, Workshop Music, Mathematics and Computation at the University of Amsterdam.
August 2006: Muugle: A Framework for the Comparison of Music Information Retrieval Methods, 9th International Conference on Music Perception & Cognition in Bologna.
June 2006: Rhythm in Music as a Dynamic Process, interdisciplinary conference “Rhythm, Time and Temporal Organisation” organized by the Institute for Music in Human and Social Development, Edinburgh
September 2005: Modeling a Processive Perspective on Meter in Music. In: Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference, Barcelona.