The South African College of Music and Electrical Engineering working in perfect harmony

When Andrew Bailey, project manager at UCT's Research Contracts and Innovation servicesDepartment (RC&I), contacted the South African College of Music’s (SACM) Senior Lecturer Theo Herbst to ask if he was interested in collaborating on a project to develop a music transcription, he leapt at the opportunity. The inventor was Dr Paul Cavalier, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Electrical Engineering, who had come up with a music application - or signal analysis method - to track and isolate signatures within music. The idea came to him during an evening out at the now-closed Tagore’s in Observatory, Cape Town. “I remember sitting there, listening to jazz,” says Cavalier. “I starte

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