Pasadena-based software development firm Art+Logic has announced the winner of their first annual software Incubator Lab, Dr. Scott Hawley, Associate Professor of Physics at Belmont University in Nashville.
Dr. Hawley’s entry is a machine-learning based app that uses neural networks and Deep Learning—a subfield of machine learning concerned with algorithms inspired by the structure and function of the brain called artificial neural networks—to allow music producers and composers to train their own systems to help classify, organize, and query their datasets of samples and loops. The project will allow musicians and producers the ability to teach their systems to use their own tags and criteria.
“I’m honored and excited to have the opportunity to work with Art+Logic,” Hawley said. “They’re a company that combines high competence with an ease of working together. Together, we’re partnering to put the training of ‘artificially intelligent’ audio processing into the hands of individual composers and producers. Art+Logic have become the key to making my idea a reality!”
Hawley’s project will receive a working prototype created by Art+Logic’s talented team of designers and developers valued at over $50,000, ongoing support during the capital raising process, an opportunity to have the full-featured version of their concept built by Art+Logic, and the chance to work with Art+Logic strategists to refine their concept and marketing strategy.
Hawley joined the Belmont University faculty in 2006 as he was ending his sixth year as a postdoctoral researcher in the field of numerical relativity, a discipline combining elements of computational physics, nonlinear wave mechanics, astrophysics, and gravitation theory. He was also mixing his second studio album as a singer-songwriter.
At Belmont, Hawley combines his enthusiasm for physics and music while teaching physics classes for Audio Engineering Technology students. He acquired a B.S. in Physics from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin.
The idea for Hawley’s project began in Nashville’s ASPIRE Research Co-op, a gathering dedicated to bringing innovative audio ideas to life. To learn more about Dr. Hawley and the project, visit www.artandlogic.com/incubator.