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Masato Yako Last modified date:2016.06.08

Professor / Sound Culture / Art Management
Department of Communication Design Science
Faculty of Design


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092-553-4549
Academic Degree
Doctor of Philosophy (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Field of Specialization
Musicology, Music Aesthetics
Outline Activities
1. Studies on XML Notational Database System for Traditional Music
I have studied on notational data format using XML for describing traditional musical notation. In 2003 data formats for traditional Chinese vocal music, Korean music, and various musical notations with undeciphered codes were defined. As related application, such devices as to edit our formats efficiently, to describe Variante information of the pieces rationally, and to convert our formats into Music XML and standard MIDI file have been developed.
2. Deconstruction of Music Aesthetics through Late Wittgenstein Thought
By bringing late Wittgenstein thought into play, I have proposed a musical aesthetics theory. It cannot be objectively determined whether or not the music in question is a thing of beauty or not. Therefore, in order for recognizing musical beauty, its behavior that cannot be certified should be observed in assumed "beauty black box" through the belief of each individual concerned with music. On the basis of this idea, I have proposed a basic theoretical model for music and beauty and developed discussion for describing various forms of musical beauty.
Research
Research Interests
  • 1. Studies on XML Notational Database System for Traditional Music
    2. Reconstruction of Music Aesthetics Based on the Latter Wittgenstein Thought
    keyword : database, XML, musical aesthetics, Wittgenstein, traditional music
    2000.01~2015.031. Studies on XML Notational Database System for Traditional Music I have studied on notational data format using XML for describing traditional Japanese musical notation. In 2003 data formats for traditional Chinese vocal music and Korean music were also defined. As related application, such devices as to edit our formats efficiently, to describe Variante information of the pieces rationally, and to convert our formats into Music XML and standard MIDI file have been developed. 2. Deconstruction of Music Aesthetics through Late Wittgenstein Thought By bringing late Wittgenstein thought into play, I have proposed a musical aesthetics theory. It cannot be objectively determined whether or not the music in question is a thing of beauty or not. Therefore, in order for recognizing musical beauty, its behavior that cannot be certified should be observed in assumed "beauty black box" through the belief of each individual concerned with music. On the basis of this idea, I have proposed a basic theoretical model for music and beauty and developed discussion for describing various forms of musical beauty..
Current and Past Project
  • Constructing information retrieval system for the study of undeciphered musical notation
  • Cooperate the research of musical database system with CCARH (Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities) in Stanford university.
Academic Activities
Books
1. Language Game of Music and Beauty: from Wittgenstein to General Theory of Music
Masato Yako,
Keiso Publications.
Reports
1. Boundary between Animal Vocal Communication and Music.
2. XML Notational Data Format for Ryukyu Island Classical Music and its Application to Representation.
3. A Study on the Music and its Gonchepu Notation of Naxi People in Ynnnan Province.
Papers
1. Masato Yako, Etsuo Genda, Wonsuk Ji, Analysis of Choreographic Motions for Mono-zukushi as Found in Buyo Dance Text:Analysis of “Kakko no yamazukushi” in “Kyoganoko musume dojoji”, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ASIA DIGITAL ART AND DESIGN, Vol.15, pp.99-108, 2012.07.
2. Masato Yako, SuRyon Choi, Recognition and Description of Wabi-Sabi and Iki by Language Game : Comparison with Korea's Han and Western Aesthetic Categories, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ASIA DIGITAL ART AND DESIGN, Vol.11, pp.19-28, 2010.06.
3. Quantitative Analysis of Tempo of Nagauta Music
Journal of the Musicological Society of Japan, Vol.55, No.1, pp.27-43.
4. Masato Yako, Recognition and Description of Music and Beauty by Language Game
, IRASM(International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music), Vol.38, No.1. pp.3-21, 2007.06.
5. Recognition and Description of Musical Notations Including Undecihpered Codes by Using Standard Data Description Language
Journal of the Musicological Society of Japan, Vol.52, No.2, pp.122-138.
6. Masato Yako, Possible Worlds in Musical Theory and Practice, IRASM(International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music), Vol.33, No.2. pp.181-196, 2002.12.
7. A Notational Data Format for Traditional Music Using Standard Data Description Language: A Data Format Using XML for Nagauta Notation,
Masato Yako and Naoki Kishida,
Journal of the Musicological Society of Japan, Vol.47, No.1, pp.55-77.
8. Masato Yako, Rhythmic Element of Melodic Process in Nagauta Shamisen Music, COMPUTING IN MUSICOLOGY, Vol.11, pp.169-183, 1998.11.
9. Masato Yako, Hierarchical Structure of Time and Meter, Computer Music Journal, Vol.21, No.1, pp.47-57, 1997.03.
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