Interpreting Digital Images Beyond Just the Visual: Crossmodal Practices in Medieval Musicology

Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (Impact Factor: 0.3). 03/2012; 37(1). DOI: 10.1179/0308018812Z.0000000005


We argue that high-resolution naturalistic digital images of physical objects are oriented to in a very different manner than other visual representations such as 'inscriptions' which are manufactured by black-box devices in order to transform phenomena into diagrams, or 'rendering practices' where scientists visually transform the meaning of objects and events using repre-sentational techniques to select information and simplify its presentation. We show that medieval music scholars engage with high-resolution images of physical objects through crossmodal practices relying upon the intercon-nected senses to examine a variety of properties held within physical objects when they are displayed within digital images.

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