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Taking the Models back to Music Practice: Evaluating Generative Transcription Models built using Deep Learning

One of our latest JCMS authors, Bob Sturm, explores his research into transcription models – interesting stuff!

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Our journal article has now appeared: Sturm and Ben-Tal, “Taking the Models back to Music Practice: Evaluating Generative Transcription Models built using Deep Learning”, Journal of Creative Music Systems 2(1), 2017.

My one-line precis: Here are five ways to evaluate a music generation model that are far more meaningful and insightful than the daft “Turing test”.

The contents of this article formed my introduction at the panel, “Issues in the Evaluation of Creative Music Systems”, at the 2nd Conference on the Simulation of Music Creativity. The panel was organised by Róisín Loughran, who also has an article about evaluation in the same journal volume. So, I include below an adaptation of my panel notes.

The topic of evaluation seems to be mentioned quite frequently in music generation as an extremely difficult thing to do, and I wonder why. There is a number of different ways to go…

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Research by Huddersfield students is accessible and citeable

Fabulous to see the research in Fields being cited, a brilliant way for student researchers to contribute to scholarly communication and the knowledge base.

Teaching and Learning Institute

Fields: Journal of Huddersfield Student Research is now in its fourth year and the call for potential authors is out and currently staff are busy identifying excellent academic work. If you are a student and wondering how to submit check out the details on the University Press webpages.

The journal articles in Fields are in the University repository so it is possible to monitor the number of downloads. Looking at the download numbers for the three current volumes it is clear there appears to be ongoing interest the research carried out by the students.

The third volume of Fields was published in February 2017 with 12 papers from across the seven Schools and has had more than 700 downloads since published.

For such a new journal the readership has grown very fast and download statistics continue to increase.

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Author spotlight: open access publishing and video art

Author spotlight: open access publishing and video art

James Fox is one of our authors from Volume 2 of Fields, and we caught up with him to chat about how his research is progressing and the importance of open access publishing in his field.

Tell us a bit about your area of specialism?

As a researcher at the University of Huddersfield I specialise in music composition and video art. I have been learning about how we perceive and experience sound and music through research that includes the composition of pieces which attempt to generate the sensations of sound through senses other than hearing. While science helps us to discover answers relating to the way things work, art can help us to understand how we feel about these things. Discovering more about the sensations which emerge as we perceive sound and music may expand our understanding of how we experience the world and reveal dynamic forms of expression and stimulating perceptual experiences.

How has publishing in Fields helped you to develop?

Following a publication in the University of Huddersfield’s Fields Journal with the paper ‘It’s a-me, Mario!’ Exploring dynamic changes and similarities in the composition of early Nintendo video game music, I was given the chance to present my research at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) at Manchester Metropolitan University in March, 2016. Preparing and rehearsing for the verbal presentation (which I approached in a similar way to how I prepare for a live musical performance), combined with the experience of meeting the targets and deadlines for the publication itself while in the early stages of my research degree, boosted my confidence enormously. I can honestly say that these experiences, although rather challenging, provided me with the courage to fully pursue my current research and to seek out public exhibition of my work. The support provided throughout the publication and conference experiences further reinforced a positive student experience at the University. Being part of such a vibrant school and student community while studying as an undergraduate and now as a postgraduate researcher have been truly remarkable experiences, leaving a positive and lasting sense of empowerment.

Your work is available open access, is this important in your field?

The open access publishing movement is a large, vital and dynamic element of music and arts research. Open access not only allows fellow researchers, potential collaborators or interested and curious individuals from anywhere in the world to gain free access to essential information and insight but it also provides the researcher with a breadth of demonstrable tools, experiences and skills when seeking further employment, applying for funding or when building a portfolio of work. Allowing free access to research may actually be essential as the arts typically suffer from funding cuts, with some secondary schools recently appearing in the mainstream news for removing music and arts education from their curriculum altogether. Open access publishing not only provides students and researchers with viable methods to disseminate their work but it also expands the opportunity for anyone, anywhere, to gain access to essential inspirational and educational material.

Read James’s article in Volume 2 of Fields

London Book Fair 2017 – academic publishing

London Book Fair 2017 – academic publishing

For many publishers and authors this week the big event is London Book Fair. Running from the 14th-16th March in Olympia in London, this year there will be over 25000 visitors from 124 different countries.

Although we won’t be there this year I thought it might be handy to do a quick roundup of the research/academic activities going on during the fair.

Follow the LBF Blog

First of all, keep up to date by checking out the London Book Fair Blog – there are some great posts on there from Alastair Horne who gives a monthly summary of academic publishing news

Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum

If you are attending #LBF2017 be sure to register for the Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum on the 15th March:

Research and scholarly publishing faces unprecedented change. Digitisation has turned the concept of territoriality and the supply chain upside down. Different international approaches to funding in higher education and research mandates are not only affecting institutions, but also publishers.

What are these trends and what do they mean for scholarly publishing?

Join industry leaders as they share their global perspectives and strategic insight into the latest policy, publishing models and technologies.

Insights Seminar Programme

As part of the Insights Seminar Programme there is also a Scholarly Stream with 13 sessions running Tuesday -Thursday covering subjects including authentication, copyright, journal sales, technology in book publishing and open access publishing.

Grab a discount

We are offering our readers 50% off our print books during #LBF17 – just select the student option at the checkout to get a bargain!


Stay connected

Finally, download the LBF app to make your visit a socially connected one. The app helps you find your way around and schedule your days, but also lets you connect with other visitors to the fair and follow social media streams to keep up to date.

New issue of student research journal Fields

New issue of student research journal Fields

Launched in 2015, Fields is quite unique as a journal in that it gives students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, the chance to publish their work through a rigorous academic peer review process. As well as giving a platform to this excellent research, the process gives the students valuable experience of the publishing process – something which they can draw on if they choose to pursue a career in academia.

Following the great success of Volume 1 and Volume 2, we are pleased to announce that Volume 3 is now available to read on our open access publishing platform.

Read Volume 3 of Fields

Professor Janet Hargreaves has been Editor for the journal for two years, and has enjoyed seeing the journal develop from its first issue:

Having been involved with the development of this journal from its beginnings as an editorial board member, and for the past two years as editor, I feel privileged to have read such an excellent body of student work, and to be presenting the papers for this third volume.

Professor Janet Hargreaves, Editorial

In this new issue we have an impressively diverse range of subjects including literature, pharmacy, social care and engineering to name a few.  It is very rewarding to see such high quality work being produced by students across all of the seven Schools at the University.

Over the coming months we will be publishing blog posts by the authors to give you an insight into their research and their experiences of being published in Fields, so watch this space!

Congratulations to all the students for their hard work throughout the process.

Writing ‘boot’ camp to foster proactive and supportive writing cultures for undergraduates.

With Volume 3 of Fields about to be published, we are enjoying looking back at the development work @tali_hud has been doing with undergraduate researchers

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The Teaching and Learning Institute logoThe Teaching and Learning Institute is gathering short case studies of academic practice to enable colleagues to share their approaches to teaching and learning more widely and encourage interdisciplinary and interprofessional learning.

The Teaching and Learning Institute coordinates, evaluates and disseminates inspiring and innovative teaching and learning

In this case study, Cheryl Reynolds, senior lecturer in the School of Education and Professional Development, writes about using writing ‘boot camps’. As part of a two-year, blended learning degree in Education, undergraduates need to develop the confidence and expertise to write convincingly about their own educational research. One way to support this is to foster proactive and supportive writing cultures for undergraduates. A two-day, writing ‘boot camp’ that sought to initiate such a culture was devised.

Why did you decide to try this out?

Many students struggle to meet the challenge of writing academically and were frequently requesting more emphasis on academic…

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Beerhouses, Brothels and Bobbies – a new look at 19th Century policing

Beerhouses, Brothels and Bobbies – a new look at 19th Century policing

We have been really excited here at the Press about our latest release: Beerhouses, Brothels and Bobbies by David Taylor. The culmination of David’s detailed research, the book explores issues facing the police in the 19th Century, focusing on Huddersfield and the surrounding district. The stories contained in the new book are real eye openers, and give a tangible taste of life for policemen, criminals and everyday families over 150 years ago.

You can order a paperback copy or read the open access version online today.

Prior to the launch we caught up with the author David Taylor to chat to him about what it was like to research the book and to explore some of his favourite stories from it.

Interview with David Taylor

What inspired you to take an interest in nineteenth-century policing?

My initial interest was in the incidence of crime and, particularly, in Asa Briggs’ contention that crime-ridden Middlesbrough (where I was teaching at the time) was ‘the British Ballarat’. I quickly became fascinated by the extent of inter-personal violence in the town and the overt, and often large-scale, hostility towards the police, especially by members of the Irish community. This raised the intriguing question: who, in their right mind, would want to be a policeman in the Victorian ‘frontier town’ that was Middlesbrough?  The answer, of course, was that few truly wanted to become policemen, at least in the early years of the “new police”, and policing was seen as a stop-gap occupation either to tide men over in times of trade depression or to provide a stepping stone to a more “respectable” occupation, such as a railway porter. However, within a surprisingly short period of time, policing became seen as an acceptable career and not just in Middlesbrough as I demonstrated in my first monograph, Policing the Victorian Town. Although I have written more generally on the development of nineteenth-century policing, I remain convinced that local studies are a most valuable way of exploring the complexities and contradictions of early policing. Hence the latest book looking at Huddersfield and the Huddersfield district that has enabled me to research a region, which in economic and political terms was central to some of the most important developments in the nineteenth century, and yet in terms of policing has been largely overlooked by historians.

Was there anything surprising that cropped up during the research for the book?

Two things – both relating to the Huddersfield district – were surprising. The 1862 Honley anti-police riot and its aftermath was an eye-opener, even more so as no academic historian had mentioned it. However, perhaps the most surprising aspect of the research, given the received wisdom among police historians, was the amazing career of Thomas Heaton, the superintending constable of the Upper Agbrigg (Huddersfield) district in the two decades before the creation of the West Riding County Constabulary. He must have been an absolute pain to the dozens of beerhouse keepers found serving outside licensing hours, the numerous young men playing pitch-and-toss in the streets and lanes and even the old men watching a cricket match on Sunday, all of whom he prosecuted – but he was certainly a determined and single-minded constable!

Do you have a favourite chapter? And why?

It’s difficult to pick one (though I would say that!) but chapters 7 and 9 would be in joint first place. The sheer indefatigability of Thomas Heaton, whether chasing-down law-breaking beerhouse keepers in Fenay Bridge, Shepley, Shelley and Netherton on Christmas Day, or organizing and leading the pursuit and capture of the Wibsey gang of cloth thieves in an all-night, all-action operation, makes for an important, and often amusing story. Similarly, the anti-police disturbances in Honley and Holmfirth (discussed in chapter 9) constitute a story that just keeps on giving with large-scale protests and court-room drama driven by insensitive local policing and misguided judgment calls by senior police figures.

Do you think your research has any relevance to present-day policing?

Although it would be naïve to suggest that there are lessons that can be learnt from the past and applied (largely unproblematically) to the present, I am convinced that the study of the past – important and interesting as it is in its own right – has a relevance beyond the period under study, precisely because history is essentially a dialogue between past and present. There are two points that I would stress from my study of policing in mid-nineteenth century Huddersfield. First, the persistence of the specific problem of beerhouse-brothels, and the associated practice of trafficking young women, and the difficulties facing determined police officers seeking to eradicate that problem, (discussed in chapter 5), provide a longer-term perspective on seemingly unique current problems. Second, the overarching theme of the book – policing by consent, its meaning and extent – is very pertinent to an age which has been experiencing for several years a crisis in policing. By considering the complexities of the concept and establishing a realistic definition of the term; and by exploring the difficulties in establishing and maintaining a realistic degree of policing by consent in the “safe” context of the distant past of mid-nineteenth century Huddersfield, it is possible to raise and explore the difficult and sensitive questions that relate to present-day policing.