Thursday, 6 June, 2024 - 13:30 to 16:00

DACT Chant Analytics Workshop

As a part of the Digital Analysis of Chant Transmission project's Chant Analytics team technical meeting, the team will present its work in two blocks: digital chant research in Würzburg, by our guest Tim Eipert, affiliated also with the Corpus Monodicum project, and digital chant research in Prague, done previously also under the Genome of Melody project (Cultural Evolution Society Transformation Fund, supported by the John Templeton Foundation).

The workshop will take place on Thursday June 6th 2024, at 13:30-16:00 in room S8 of the Malá Strana building of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University (Malostranské nám. 25, Praha 1). If you are considering participation, please enter yourself into the registration form. If enough people register with an interest in remote participation, we will try to make the event a hybrid one.

The expected schedule:

13:30-14:30: Digital chant scholarship in Prague. Jan Hajič jr., Vojtěch Lanz.

Jan Hajič will introduce the efforts and tools related to the computational chant scholarship efforts in Prague. Then, two specific experimental methods will be presented. Vojtěch Lanz will talk about segmenting chant melodies that would make it theoretically optimal to remember the repertoire, and Jan Hajič will then introduce methods from bioinformatics to track the evolution of chant melody. We welcome discussion especially on what our methods still need in order to provide more solid and specific insights.

14:30-15:30: Digital chant scholarship in Würzburg. Tim Eipert.

In the talk, Tim Eipert will showcase the use of digital tools developed in the context of Corpus Monodicum, a long-term project at the University of Würzburg. Newly created datasets will be presented, as well as ideas and concepts for digital analysis of different chant corpora, including the use of stochastic block models and phylogenetic methods.

Each block is expected to have about 45 minutes of talk and 15 minutes of discussion. At the end, there is an extra half hour for free discussion.

The workshop is part of knowledge mobilization activities on part of the Digital Analysis of Chant Transmission project - DACT, supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), grant no. 895-2023-1002.


Tim Eipert currently holds a position as a Research Assistant at the edition project Corpus Monodicum: Die einstimmige Musik des lateinischen Mittelalters. In 2020, he successfully completed his Master's degree in Musicology, specializing in a thesis focused on the automated segmentation of medieval chants. His research interests primarily revolve around critically employing computer-assisted methods to address music theory questions in diverse contexts such as medieval transmission or jazz, as well as exploring topics related to digital editing.