Welcome to the homepage of the Science and Music group of the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge. This group, based around the faculty's Centre for Music and Science meets regularly for seminars and discussions on all topics relating to science and music, particularly music psychology, cognitive science and applications of computing in music research.
The group is co-ordinated by Ian Cross. Seminars, covering a wide range of topics, are held on Tuesdays at 6pm. fortnightly during term.
Some current members of the Science and Music Group, and their research interests, include the following:
Former members include:
- Sean Bennett - Doing Ph.D with Ian Cross on Why do tunes get stuck in the mind, CMS, Faculty of Music, Cambridge
- John Bispham - Doing Ph.D with Ian Cross and Mike Petragalia on Evolutionary perspectives on the human skill of interpersonal musical entrainment, Department of Biological Anthropology, Cambridge
- Nick Collins - Completed Ph.D on Algorithmic composition techniques for live laptop performance with Ian Cross and Alan Blackwell of the Computer Laboratory, CMS, Faculty of Music, Cambridge, now lecturing in informatics at the University of Sussex
- Alastair Craft - Doing Ph.D in Computer Science at Goldsmiths College
- Ian Cross - Director of the CMS, Faculty of Music, Cambridge
- Claudia Fritz - Research Associate on Leverhulme Trust funded project exploring Perceptual characterisation of violin acoustics, with Ian Cross, Jim Woodhouse and Brian Moore
- Satinder Gill - Senior Research Fellow, Interaction Design Centre, Middlesex University, Visiting Researcher, CMS, Cambridge
- Jessica Grahn - Research Fellow at Clare Hall, working on Neuroimaging and aspects of rhythm perception and production, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge
- Tommi Himberg - Doing PhD with Ian Cross on Exploration of cross-cultural experiences of musical complexity, CMS, Faculty of Music, Cambridge
- Tim Horton - Completed PhD with Ian Cross on Tonal theory in the context of constraints imposed by cognitive-scientific theories of syntax and representation, CMS, Faculty of Music, Cambridge
- Archie Levey - Researcher in psychology at MRC-APU (ostensibly retired... : )
- Andres Melo - Lecturer at Goldsmiths College Department of Computing
- David Meredith - Lecturer, Goldsmiths College Department of Computing, interested (inter alia) in computational representation of pitch structures in tonal music
- Nikki Moran - Did M.Phil with Ian Cross on Interaction in music, CMS, Faculty of Music, Cambridge, completing Ph.D with Martin Clayton and Ian Cross at the Open University, focusing on interaction in North indian music<br>
- Iain Morley - Research Fellow, Darwin College/Research Associate, Templeton Foundation Research Project, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Department of Archaeology, Cambridge - a copy of Iain's thesis can be found on the Darwin College website at Darwin College Research Reports
- Chris Nash, Doing Ph.D with Alan Blackwell (Computer Laboratory) and Ian Cross on development of tracker interfaces for computer composition and sequencing
- Martin Rohrmeier, Doing Ph.D with Ian Cross on computational and cognitive approaches to musical syntax - Martin's M.Phil disertation can be found on the Darwin College website at Darwin College Research Reports
- Neta Spiro - doing Ph.D on cognition and analysis of correlates of the muscial phrase at the CMS and the Institute for Logic, Learning and Computation, University of Amsterdam, co-supervised by Ian Cross
- Thomas Stainsby - Post-doc researcher in the Auditory Perception Group, Dept of Experimental Psychology, Cambridge
- Letty Stott - doing M.Phil with Ian Cross on background effects of music on cognitive processing, CMS, Faculty of Music, Cambridge
- Joel Swaine - Lecturer in music at Brunel University (Joel's homepage at Brunel), completing Ph.D with Ian Cross on rhythm in vocal attending, CMS, Faculty of Music, Cambridge
- Matthew Woolhouse - Doing Ph.D with Ian Cross on perception of mathematical properties of musical pitch, CMS, Faculty of Music, Cambridge
- Ghofur Woodruff - Doing Ph.D with Ian Cross on ecological approaches to musical meaning, CMS, Faculty of Music, Cambridge
For more details about the Science and Music Group and its activities, please contact Ian Cross
- Laura Bolt - Completed M.Phil with Ian Cross on The role of processes of sexual selection in the evolution of music, CMS, Faculty of Music, Cambridge
- Steve Hainsworth - Completed PhD with Malcom Macleod on automated analysis of music audio, Engineering Department, Cambridge
- Jonathan Impett - Head of Department of Music at University of East Anglia, composer and performer; research focuses on human-computer musical interaction from perspective of music construed as a situated and dynamical behaviour
- Ingrid Johnsrude - Researcher, looking at Auditory cortex functional specialisation and hemispheric asymmetries (amongst other things) at MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge
- Alex Lamont - Lecturer in Psychology at University of Keele, researching children's cognitive representations of music, categorical perception of musical pitch, social identies and cognitive development, perception of musical motifs in tonal and atonal music.
- Matthew Lavy - Completed PhD with Ian Cross on emotional response to music, interests in methodological issues around computer-based experiments, CMS, Faculty of Music, Cambridge
- Justin London - Professor of Music at Carleton College, Minnesota, USA. Music Theorist whose research focuses on the perception and cogntion of musical metre. Visiting Scholar (2005-2006) on Fulbright Foundation grant for a joint reserach project with Ian Cross on the perception of anacruses.
- Malcolm Macleod - Director of Research, Engineering Department, Cambridge
- Liz Tolbert - Professor of Ethnomusicology at Johns Hopkins University in the USA, Visiting Scholar in the CMS in 2004-2005, working with Ian Cross on music and evolution
- Abbi Wood - Lecturer in music at Southampton University (soon to move to SOAS), completed PhD with Ruth Davis on klezmer, CMS, Faculty of Music, Cambridge
Various members of the Science and Music group are involved with external projects and societies, including ESCOM, ICMPC and SEMPRE, each of which maintains lists of links and information about music psychology and related subjects.
Page last updated by Ian Cross, 29.03.06
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