Sydney Digital Humanities Research Group
Encoding, Collaboration and Artificial Intelligence: Standards, Tools and Challenges in Digital Musicology
In this presentation, I outline some of my experiences as a musicologist whose research takes advantage of digital humanities methods and tools. Despite a background in traditional philology and cultural studies, digital technologies and methods – thanks to an early autodidactic precocity in programming computers – emerged as an inevitable part of my systematic music research. I reflect upon my recent work on the XML-based encoding of early European musical notations and developing bespoke digital tools for computer-assisted music analysis, research collaboration and automatic music transcription. I conclude with some thoughts on the present challenges, benefits and opportunities for digital musicology in the Australian and international research and research training environment.


Jason Stoessel (PhD 2003) is a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of New England, Australia. He is Chief Investigator with Denis Collins on a three-year Australian Research Council Discovery Project  [DP180100680] that is examining the art and science of canon in the music of early 17th-century Rome and has recently completed (also with Collins) another three-year project funded by the same body on canonic techniques and musical change, c.1330–c.1530 [DP150102135].  He has published widely on late medieval music, music theory and digital musicology.  His recent publications have appeared in Musicology Australia, Intellectual History Review, Musica Disciplina and Music Analysis and in several collections of essays. He blogs about his research at

For further information please contact the Research Group Leader Francesco Borghesi

Friday 12 October
3pm - 4.30pm
Fisher Exhibition Meeting Room 1 (223)
Free and open to all