Collective Understanding Visualization

What you are seeing is a multiparty characterization of a performance of Schumann's Fantasiestücke Opus 73 in a conservatory studio class at Mannes School of Music, where advanced students present works in progress for collective critique. Immediately after the performance, the performers and listeners wrote open-ended comments about what had just happened and then marked the scores with additional characterizations (what we see here). Each participant then rated their endorsement of two other participants' comments. Comments could be about whatever struck the participants; researchers later coded the comments on what aspects of the music they addressed (e.g., tempo, character, rhythmic motion) and whether they were positive (in gold), negative (in violet), or mixed/neutral (blue).


Meet the Ensemble

Hover over each ensemble member to see their background, familiarity with Fantasiest├╝cke Op. 73 and general thoughts about the piece. During the performance, positive, negative or mixed reactions by each member will glow for 10 seconds from onset of sentiment.



Impressions draws the data captured from each moment throughout the performance and paints a unique impression of that moment based only on that data. How to interpret each moment impression:

White spots on the disc represents a member of the performance. Hover over spots to see their title.

Filled spots show that this person experienced a unique reaction not shared by any other member

Spots linked with a thread shows that this person experienced a reaction shared by the member they are linked to

The atmosphere of each beat was generated by clustering the musical notation for that beat by similarity across the score. Reference the color bars below the score for groupings. The pulse visually presents the piece's tempo of 4/4 time at 90bpm, where each "breath" is a measure

The shaded area of the disc references where the performers (performing and non-performing) are situated

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