Alexander Refsum Jensenius

I am Professor of music technology and Director of RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion, University of Oslo. I study music-related body motion in the fourMs Lab. Editor of A NIME Reader and Sonic Design. Author of Sound Actions and Still Standing.

Adding descriptions to my blog

I have generally been very happy about moving my blog to Hugo, except that I have struggled with getting it properly indexed with Google, Bing, etc. One of the benefits of using standard WordPress is that it comes with a lot of automatic functions for such things. In theory, that should also happen with Hugo. However, for some reason, my blog did not work. After various trials and errors, I think I am getting on the right track....

July 13, 2024 · 2 min · 418 words · ARJ

Tripnote summer 2024

Today is midsummer, and with that I enter “summer mode”. A year ago, I wrote about why I chose to make an explanatory tripnote. Nowadays, most people are never really offline. Still, we all need time off. For me, that includes doing many things that I don’t typically have time to during the busy semesters. I received many positive comments on my tripnote last year, so I decided to make another this year....

June 21, 2024 · 2 min · 316 words · ARJ

Data, Metadata and Paradata

I have had some interesting discussions about what constitutes metadata these days. What is really the difference between metadata and data? While participating in ESOF today, I came across the term paradata, which was new to me. What is that, and how does it differ from data and metadata? Data Data refers to raw facts, observations, measurements, or representations of information in various formats, such as numbers, text, images, audio, or video....

June 13, 2024 · 4 min · 775 words · ARJ

New research data careers

There is an increasing focus on making data openly available, or at least archived according to the FAIR principles. This has also led to the need for more knowledge and skills in data management at all levels. For some, this is becoming a career path on its own. That was the topic of the panel session “Fostering the emergence of new research data careers” I moderated at EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF2024) in Katowice, Poland, today....

June 13, 2024 · 2 min · 309 words · ARJ

Data Born FAIR

At the last meeting of EUA’s Open Science Expert Group, we discussed the need for data to be “born” FAIR. What does that entail? FAIR data Just a recap: For data to be openly available (what is often called Open Data), they also need to be FAIR, which stands for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. However, not all FAIR data needs to be open. At RITMO, we often find that we need to protect data due to copyright and/or privacy reasons....

May 23, 2024 · 3 min · 509 words · ARJ

New Anthology: Sonic Design - Explorations Between Art and Science

I am happy to announce the publication of the anthology Sonic Design- Explorations Between Art and Science.This 17-chapter volume explores sonic design practice and theory and celebrates the lifelong achievements of Professor Rolf Inge Godøy. The anthology is based on selected contributions at the International Seminar on Sonic Design, which took place in May 2022. The seminar was set up to celebrate Rolf Inge Godøy, my former supervisor, mentor, colleague and friend, uphon his retirement....

May 10, 2024 · 6 min · 1095 words · ARJ

Author-year citations are easier to read

I have previously written about why I dislike footnotes. Here, I explain why I dislike numbered citations. Numbered citations Consider this text fragment (from this paper): Here, the numbered citations are not helpful. You need to scroll to the end of the paper to figure out wat they mean. In practice, I only do that when I really want to check the reference. Most of the time, I just ignore the citations....

April 27, 2024 · 2 min · 238 words · ARJ

A methodology chapter is not a methods chapter

I notice that the two terms methods and methodology are often mixed up. It is actually quite simple to remember the difference if you consider the etymology. The “-logy” part suggests that “methodology” concerns the knowledge of methods. Here is a quick run-down of how to differentiate between them in academic writing. A methods section in a paper In a conference paper or journal article, you typically want to describe the method you used....

April 11, 2024 · 3 min · 514 words · ARJ

Tips for conference presentations

The doctoral and postdoctoral research fellows sent a questionnaire to the PIs at RITMO the other day. The aim was to collect information about conference presentations. It was a great set of questions, so I am posting my answers here, a little more elaborated than in the questionnaire. Being nervous Have you ever been nervous to present at a conference? How did you cope with this? Yes, I have been nervous many times....

March 10, 2024 · 5 min · 1043 words · ARJ

A Year of Sonic Rhythms

Yesterday, I completed my year-long StillStanding project. This was my second year-long project. In 2022, I recorded one sound action daily. When I reached the end of 2022, I found it to be an efficient way of collecting data. My 2023 project confirmed this belief, so I am inspired to try another year-long experiment. Focusing on AMBIENT I will spend the coming month completing the Still Standing manuscript. I am saying this loud now to put pressure on myself and help the world understand why I must focus on writing....

January 1, 2024 · 4 min · 770 words · ARJ