Publications

Musical Robotics

Parthenope: A Robotic Musical Siren

M. Sidler, M. Bisson, J. Grotz, and S. Barton (2020). Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Birmingham City University, pp. 297–300.

Mechatronic Expression: Reconsidering Expressivity in Music for Robotic Instruments

S. Kemper, S. Barton (2018). In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). Blacksburg, VA.

A Robotic Percussive Aerophone

K. Sundberg, S. Barton, A. Walter, T. Sane, L. Baker, A. O’Brien (2018). In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). Blacksburg, VA.

Using Recurrent Neural Networks to Judge Fitness in Musical Genetic Algorithms

P. Mitrano, A. Lockman, J. Honicker, S. Barton (2017). In proceedings of The 5th International Workshop on Musical Metacreation (MUME) at The 8th International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC). Atlanta, GA, USA.

Cyther: A human-playable, self-tuning robotic zither

S. Barton, E. Prihar, P. Carvalho (2017). Cyther: a human-playable, self-tuning robotic zither. In proceedings of The 17th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Copenhagen, Denmark.

MARIE: Monochord-Aerophone Robotic Instrument Ensemble

T. Rogers, S. Kemper, S. Barton (2015). In proceedings from The 15th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Abstract The Modular Electro-Acoustic Robotic Instrument System (MEARIS) represents a new type of hybrid electroacoustic-electromechanical instrument model. Monochord-Aerophone Robotic Instrument Ensemble (MARIE), the first realization of a MEARIS, is a set of interconnected monochord and…

Extended Abstract for Drum Circle

S. Barton, S. Kemper (2015).  Published in UTS ePRESS; March, 2015. The paper was presented at the International Conference on Social Robotics 2014. link to paper

The Human, the Mechanical, and the Spaces in between: Explorations in Human-Robotic Musical Improvisation

S. Barton (2013).  Published in the Proceedings of the Ninth Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment International Conference (AIIDE 2013) Abstract HARMI (Human and Robotic Musical Improvisation) is a software and hardware system that enables musical robots to improvise with human performers. The goal of the system is not to replicate human musicians, but rather to explore the novel…

Music Perception

Context-specific Knowledge Is the “Key” to Salsa Music

L. Getz, S. Barton & L. Perry (2021). Auditory Perception & Cognition, DOI: 10.1080/25742442.2021.1964341

Systematic Variation in Rhythm Production as Tempo Changes

Barton, S., Getz, L., & Kubovy, M. (2017). Systematic Variation in Rhythm Production as Tempo Changes. Music Perception: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 34(3), 303-312. We investigated the effect of tempo on the production of the syncopated 3-2 son clave rhythm. We recorded eleven experienced percussionists performing the clave pattern at tempi ranging from 70 bpm to…

Dysrhythmia of timed Movements in Parkinson’s disease and freezing of gait

Tolleson, C. M., Dobolyi, D. G., Roman, O. C., Kanoff, K., Barton, S., Wylie, S. A., … & Claassen, D. O. (2015). Dysrhythmia of timed movements in Parkinson׳ s disease and freezing of gait. Brain research, 1624, 222-231. ABSTRACT A well-established motor timing paradigm, the Synchronization-Continuation Task (SCT), quantifies how accurately participants can time finger tapping to…

The specificity of expertise: For whom is the clave pattern the “key” to salsa music?

L. Getz, S. Barton, M. Kubovy (2014). Acta Psychologica; Volume 152, October 2014. Each Latin salsa music style is associated with a characteristic clave pattern that constitutes an essential structure for performers. In this article we asked what types of expertise are needed to detect the correct salsa–clave pairing. Using two clave patterns (the 3–2 and 2–3 son clave) and…

Understanding Musical (dis)continuity

S. Barton (2012).  Dissertation.  Published by ProQuest. Abstract While our experience of musical (dis)continuity is often powerful and clear, articulating the relations that inspire such percepts is not always easy. Part of the reason for this is that our experience of musical (dis)continuity is influenced by a number of physical, cognitive and perceptual factors, and thus is complex.…

Music Composition and Technology

Circularity in Rhythmic Representation and Composition

S. Barton (2020). Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Birmingham City University, pp. 505–508.

Using Recurrent Neural Networks to Judge Fitness in Musical Genetic Algorithms

P. Mitrano, A. Lockman, J. Honicker, S. Barton (2017). In proceedings of The 5th International Workshop on Musical Metacreation (MUME) at The 8th International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC). Atlanta, GA, USA.

Creativity in the Generation of Machine Rhythms

S. Barton (2016). In proceedings from The 1st Conference on Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity. Abstract: This paper explores musical, psychological and philosophical ideas about how humans and machines interact in creative processes. It argues that creativity is a function of both generator and receiver, and that these roles can be amorphous in the creation and experience…

Extended Abstract for Drum Circle

S. Barton, S. Kemper (2015).  Published in UTS ePRESS; March, 2015. The paper was presented at the International Conference on Social Robotics 2014. link to paper

Understanding Musical (dis)continuity

S. Barton (2012).  Dissertation.  Published by ProQuest. Abstract While our experience of musical (dis)continuity is often powerful and clear, articulating the relations that inspire such percepts is not always easy. Part of the reason for this is that our experience of musical (dis)continuity is influenced by a number of physical, cognitive and perceptual factors, and thus is complex.…