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Wolfram Summer School

June 24–July 14, 2018
Bentley University, Waltham, MA


Owen White

Class of 2014


Inspired by the language-like phenomena within music, I am concentrating in ambiguity at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Deriving this idea from studies in computational linguistics as well as traditional linguistics, physics, and neuropsychology, I aspire to comprehend the action and reaction of music and the brain as an emotional language. Starting from an individualized project in high school, I have performed various research in these fields, from physical aspects of waves to psychoacoustics, to further understand my passion. Since then I have narrowed my concentration to linguistics, in which I hope to find a proper understanding of the grammar of music. Moreover, I hope to find a universal and perhaps ambiguous language that fabricates the reality we perceive.

Project: Wave Function Enumeration

This project provided research in the interactivity of waveform functions, correlating to the standard arithmetic and mathematical functions provided in Mathematica. By using a neural network predictor function analyzing spectrograms, I was able to obtain an understanding of what waveforms, along with functions, would produce a musically aesthetic tone color and harmonic content.

Favorite Outer Totalistic r=1, k=2 2D Cellular Automaton

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