Challenges to generate musical visualizations

  • Rute Moura Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Giordano Cabral Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Jáder Abreu Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Mychelline Cunha Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Horhanna Almeida Universidade Federal de Pernambuco


The technological acceleration of recent years has allowed for significant advances in data processing and the study of Music, an art with richly expressive and communicative information. In this article, we bring reports of experiences and contributions in the treatment of musical data extracted from digital MIDI and sound files, for the development of systems that generate musical visualizations.

Palavras-chave: Digital Sound Processing, Music Analysis and Synthesis, Realtime Interactive Systems


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MOURA, Rute; CABRAL, Giordano; ABREU, Jáder; CUNHA, Mychelline; ALMEIDA, Horhanna. Challenges to generate musical visualizations. In: SIMPÓSIO BRASILEIRO DE COMPUTAÇÃO MUSICAL (SBCM), 18. , 2021, Recife. Anais [...]. Porto Alegre: Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, 2021 . p. 129-135. DOI: