Information about MusicLab

MusicLab is an innovation project by RITMO and the University Library. The aim is to explore new methods for conducting research, research communication and education. The project is organized around events: a concert in a public venue, which is also the object of study. The events also contain an edutainment element through panel discussions with world-leading researchers and artists, as well "data jockeying" in the form of live data analysis of recorded data.

Purpose of MusicLab

There are three aims of MusicLab:

  • Research: The fundamental question we ask is: How do people engage with music? And more particularly: what is the role of the body in music performance and perception? This includes the way the body moves, as well as physiological responses (breathing, pulse, and so on). During a MusicLab session we measure such bodily responses using different types of technologies. 

  • Dissemination: Another important aspect of MusicLab is that of exploring new ways of spreading information about how research is performed and conducted. For most people research is something that happens behind closed doors at a university. We want to do research in the “field”, tell about the process, and show what we find. 

  • Innovation: Finally we want to use MusicLab as a testbed for Open Research. This is a radically new way of thinking about the research process itself. Rather than keeping the entire research process closed, we want to invite everyone to help us collect data. We also want to share the data with the public, and show how it can be analysed. 

We organize 2-3 MusicLab events per year. In between the events we work on analysis of the data, and prepare lectures and publications on the results. Since all the data and tools from MusicLab are openly available, everyone can help out. We hope to inspire other people to use the data for whatever purpose they may find useful.

Who is responsible for MusicLab? 

MusicLab is organized jointly by RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion and the University Library of the University of Oslo. The events are organized in different venues around Oslo. 

Will I be recorded if I come to a MusicLab event?

One of the core aims of MusicLab is to study human interaction in a musical context. For that reason we video record all events, including overview shots of the audience. So it is highly likely that you will be visible in one of the video recordings if you participate. That said, we do not shoot close-ups of the audience, and we do not collect any personal information or names of people present.

Can I volunteer to be a subject?

In addition to video filming everyone present, we typically also equip a limited amount of audience members with some kind of sensor system, such as motion sensors, breathing, heart rate, and so on. Here the aim is to look more in detail on various physical and physiological responses to music.

How we will store and use your data 

We will only use your personal data for the purpose(s) specified, and in accordance with data protection legislation (the General Data Protection Regulation and Personal Data Act). 

  • Only people in the project group will have access to the raw data. 

  • Anonymized versions of the data will be made openly available, with a CC-BY license.

  • A video from the event will be made openly available, but there will be no link between your (anonymous) sensor/questionnaire data and the video. 

Your rights 

So long as you can be identified in the collected data, you have the right to:

  • access the personal data that is being processed about you 

  • request that your personal data is deleted

  • request that incorrect personal data about you is corrected/rectified

  • receive a copy of your personal data (data portability), and

  • send a complaint to the Data Protection Officer or The Norwegian Data Protection Authority regarding the processing of your personal data

What gives us the right to process your data? 

By participating in a MusicLab event, you consent to be recorded. There will be signs at the door that clearly show that recording is taking place. Based on an agreement with the University of Oslo, NSD – The Norwegian Centre for Research Data AS has assessed that the processing of personal data in this project is in accordance with data protection legislation.

Where can I find out more?

If you have questions about the project, or want to exercise your rights, contact: 

Published Oct. 31, 2019 10:27 AM - Last modified Oct. 31, 2019 10:29 AM