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Next SMPC Conference:

Society for Music Perception & Cognition 2015

The SMPC Board is pleased to announce that SMPC 2015 will be held August 1-5, 2015, and hosted at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Elizabeth Dykens has agreed to serve as conference chair, with Dr. Reyna Gordon serving as conference co-chair.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Submissions are welcome from a broad range of disciplines, including (but not limited) to Psychology, Neuroscience, Medicine, Education, Engineering, and Musicology. Abstracts for presentations should be no longer than 300 words and should describe the motivation, methodology, results, and implications to the degree that this information is available at the time of submission. Empirical contributions should refer to the stimuli/corpus, methodology, and data collected. Theoretical contributions are also welcome, provided that the connection to music perception and cognition is underscored through discussion of aims, methods, and/or results. Abstracts for proposed symposia are welcome and should include individual abstracts as well as a brief description of the theme.

Deadline for submissions has been extended to 11 pm CDT on February 13, 2015. For more information please visit the conference website.

Upcoming Events:

NORTHEAST MUSIC COGNITION GROUP (Wesleyan University, April 4, 2015)

The next semiannual meeting of the Northeast Music Cognition Group (NEMCOG) will take place at Wesleyan University on Saturday April 4, 2015.  The goal of this group is to facilitate interaction among researchers at institutions along the Northeast Corridor who are interested in the area of music cognition, to discuss research in the field, and to identify topics of joint interest and areas for potential collaboration.

If you would like to attend this meeting of NEMCOG, please RSVP to nemcog1 <at> by Sunday, March 15, 2015.

You are welcome to attend the day's events and enjoy the company of your colleagues. You are also invited to give a very short (8 minutes), semi-formal presentation of your work, aimed at a fairly general audience that will include people with established research programs in areas outside your specialty, as well as students and other newcomers to the field.  The goal is simply to give a broadly contextualized sense of the questions you're asking, not a detailed picture of your answers.  At our previous meetings, we have found the 8-minute format to be expedient, exhilarating, and successful for both presenters and audience members.

This year, we especially welcome abstract submissions in honor of David Wessel (1942 - 2014), Professor of Music at UC Berkeley, founding director of Berkeley's Center for New Music and Audio Technologies, and past president of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition.

We hope to make slots for eight-minute talks available to all, but in an effort to make room for speakers who have not spoken at NEMCOG previously, we may have to turn down some requests for slots at this meeting.  If you would like to do a presentation, please indicate so in your RSVP with a tentative title and a short abstract or bio. All presented abstracts and bios will be shared with our attendees and posted on our web site.

If you cannot attend this spring's meeting, you can be kept abreast of the group's activities through continued inclusion on our e-mail list. If this message was forwarded to you by a colleague or through another e-mail list, and you would like to receive our regular announcements, please sign up for our mailing lists at


Musicians: Born or made? (April 10-11th, 2015, Montreal)

This conference on Music and Talent includes a scientific workshop with priority to the Academic community (registration in advance is preferred) and a free concert-conference.

The role of natural endowment and hard work in musical performance is one of the oldest and most contentious issue in both science and society. Up to the 20th century, innate talent was associated to musicianship. Over the last century, the prevalent view has been that intensive practice is key. The goal of this workshop is to examine whether music practice alone can account for individual differences in musical abilities or if we should also acknowledge the importance of innate predispositions.

The conference includes academic presentations by leading experts in the fields of music, child psychology and neuroscience, round table discussions and a public concert-conference.

Registration: The conference is free, however we would appreciate if you would register in advance here:

Dates and locations
Friday, April 10, 4pm to 6pm, Théâtre Rouge, Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal
Saturday, April 11, 9am to 6pm, C-3061, Carrefour des Arts et des Sciences
Pavillon Lionel-Groulx, Université de Montréal
(See the conference website for a detailed schedule)


2nd International Conference on Music and Consciousness

Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, UK (April 14-17th, 2015).

Organised jointly by the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, and the University of Newcastle's International Centre for Music Studies.

There have been rapid multidisciplinary advances in scholarly understanding of musical experience over the last fifteen years or so. It is increasingly accepted that musical experiences are multi-faceted, fluctuating, and dynamic; complex composites of cognitive, perceptual, embodied and affective components. One response to the acknowledged phenomenological complexity of musical engagement has been a growing interest in the relationship between music and consciousness.

Following on from the success of the first International Conference on Music and Consciousness (Sheffield, 2006), and the edited volume Music and Consciousness to which this led, this second conference is again intended as a forum for the exchange of perspectives from a broad range of disciplines, including but not restricted to:  neuroscience, psychology, phenomenology, philosophy, sociology, musicology, performance studies, ethnomusicology, music therapy, evolutionary psychology, cognitive archaeology, and cultural history.

The conference will consist entirely of plenary sessions, enabling wide-ranging participation, with significant time set aside for discussion. It will include keynote presentations, papers, short communications, and musical performances.

The conference committee welcomes submissions addressing a broad range of themes, including but not limited to the following:

•       Music and Unconsciousness
•       Neural substrates of musical consciousness
•       Consciousness and musical performance
•       Music and trance, flow, absorption, dissociation, and altered states of consciousness (ASC).
•       Theorising musical consciousness - across disciplines, across cultures, across history
•       Consciousness and musical creativity
•       Modes of musical consciousness, modes of musical subjectivity
•       Music and collective consciousness

Proposals will be accepted on the basis of their relevance to the conference themes, significance, originality and rigour. Deadline for proposals is July 2014.


SIMCAM 2015 - XI International Symposium on Cognition and Musical Arts (Pirenópolis, Brazil, 26-29th May, 2015)

In 2015 the 11th International Symposium on Cognition and Musical Arts (SIMCAM), promoted by the Brazilian Association of Cognition and Musical Arts (ABCM) in partnership with the Federal University of Goiás (UFG), will be held in the historic city of Pirenópolis (near Goiânia), between 26 and 29 May.

General information: The symposium will schedule conferences, roundtables, oral communications and poster sessions for research results and ongoing research. There will also be meetings of different working groups and artistic presentations.

Chair: Prof. Dr.  Sônia Ray - Federal University of Goiás
soniaraybrasil <at>

Call for Papers:

Deadline: February 22, 2015


Methods in Empirical Music Research: A Workshop for Music Scholars.(May18-22,2015)

Monday May 18 to Friday May 22, 2015.
School of Music, Ohio State University

We are pleased to announce a workshop on empirical methods in music research. This is an intensive five-day workshop taught by Prof. David Huron.

The workshop will be of interest to anyone wishing to expand or enhance their research skills in music. Participants will learn how to design and carry out music experiments, and how to apply empirical, systematic and statistical techniques to problems in music history, analysis, performance, education, culture, policy, and other areas. The workshop is designed specifically to develop practical research skills for musicians and music scholars with little or no previous background in empirical methods.

The workshop introduces participants to a number of methods, including descriptive, exploratory and questionnaire methods, field research, interview techniques, correlational and experimental methods, hypothesis testing, theory formation, and other useful research tools and concepts. Participants will also learn how to read and critique published empirical research related to music — identifying strengths and weaknesses in individual music-related studies.

The workshop objectives will be pursued through a series of day-long activities, including lectures and demonstrations, interspersed with twenty hands-on and group activities.

Three different forms of registration are available for workshop participants. The fee for non-credit participation is $450. A fee schedule for continuing education, and graduate course credit (2 credit hours) is pending. Participants are responsible for their own transportation, food and accommodation.

For further details, see

David Huron
Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Music
School of Music
Ohio State University
huron.1 <at>


11th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR) Music, Mind, and Embodiment (16-19 June 2015, Plymouth, UK)

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR) is hosting the symposium on campus in the center of Plymouth, in their newly completed multi-million pound headquarters, "The House", which includes a multichannel diffusion suite and full scale auditorium for concert performances.
Music, Mind, and Embodiment

This year, we encourage the submission of contributions on the theme of Music, Mind, and Embodiment. The notion of mind and embodiment is important in any field related to sound and music and is therefore well adapted to this interdisciplinary conference, since it can be studied from different standpoints spanning from physics to perceptual and cognitive considerations, and from scientific to artistic approaches.

Some central questions of interest in this context are (but not necessarily restricted to) :
- How to identify perceptually relevant signal properties linked to music (for example, neurophysiologically or biologically influenced music creation, performance, or analysis?)
- How to define new timbre descriptors that characterise perceptual or emotional characteristics?
What is the link between mind and embodiment in musical performance, interpretation, and improvisation?
- How can gesture and embodiment be used as a control signal for music generation, sonification, and performance?
- How can multiple modalities be characterised in interdisciplinary musical contexts (vision, audition, kinesthetic, bio- and neuro- informed approaches)?

Contributions on other topics as described in the call for contributions are also welcome. Submission deadline is February 27th 2015.

Important dates:
Paper submission deadline February 27th 2015
Music submission deadline February 27th 2015
Notification of acceptance March 27th 2015
Revisions and camera ready copy deadline May 1st 2015

For further details please visit:


1st International Workshop on Brain-Computer Music Interfacing (15 June 2015, Plymouth, UK)

This workshop will be hosted at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR), Plymouth University UK. It is a satellite of the 11th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research - CMMR 2015: Music, Mind, and Embodiment (see details above). Attendance to both events is strongly encouraged.

The workshop will coincide with the publication of a new book by Springer entitled Guide Brain-Computer Music Interfacing, edited by Eduardo R. Miranda and Julien Castet.

Prof David Rosenboom, the pioneer from CalArts, California Institute of the Arts, is set to perform at the workshop and deliver a CMMR 2015 keynote

We are inviting submissions for papers, demo's and performance pieces.
Submission deadline: 27th Feb 2015

For more information and submission instructions please visit the website at:

objectives of SMPC

Fifth Biennial International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music (MCM2015) (22-25 June 2015, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom)

MCM is the flagship conference of the Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music, whose official publication is the Journal of Mathematics and Music. The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers from around the world who adopt mathematical and/or computational approaches to address any aspect of music theory, music analysis, composition and performance. MCM aims to provide a dedicated platform for the communication and exchange of ideas amongst researchers in mathematics, informatics, music theory, composition, musicology, and related disciplines.

We welcome submissions on any topic relating to mathematics and/or computation and music, including (but not limited to):

* Mathematical and computational models of and/or approaches to
  - musicology, music theory and analysis, composition
  - musical performance and improvisation
  - the perception and cognition of any aspect of musical structure
  - music and emotion
  - musical learning and education
  - musical interaction and gestures

* Logical, philosophical and methodological aspects of mathematics and computation in music
* The history of mathematics and computation in music
* Applications of mathematical music theory and computational tools for musicians, musicologists and others who work with music

We invite submissions of the following types:

* Long papers (10-12 pages in the Springer LNCS style) to be presented orally
* Short papers (4-6 pages in the Springer LNCS style) to be presented as posters
* Panel discussions
* Workshops and tutorials

The deadline for all types of submission is Friday 9 January 2015.

* Notification of acceptance: 10 March 2015 (tentative).
* Camera ready copy: 31 March 2015 (tentative).

For further details on the conference and the submissions please go to

We look forward to seeing you in London!

MCM 2015 General Chairs:
Oscar Bandtlow, Queen Mary University of London
Elaine Chew, Queen Mary University of London

MCM 2015 Programme Chairs:
David Meredith, Aalborg University
Anja Volk, Utrecht University


AES Conference on Music-Induced Hearing Disorders (June 28-30, 2015, Aalborg, Denmark)

The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has issued a call for papers to be presented at its 58th International Conference on Music Induced Hearing Disorders. This is the second AES conference on the topic, and will continue the important task of presenting and discussing advances in the state of the art in hearing loss diagnosis and prevention, as well as strategies, technologies, and devices related to safe yet impactful music production and reproduction. The event will take place at Hotel Comwell Hvide Hus in Aalborg, Denmark.

Researchers from both the audiology and pro audio fields are invited to submit papers for presentation at the conference. Proposed topics for presentation include: Music versus Noise as an Exposure Agent; Hearing Exposure Measurement and Control Devices; Sound Level Management for Live Events; Active and Passive Hearing Protection Devices; Hearing Loss in the Music Industry; Electronic Devices for Hearing Impaired Musicians and Sound Engineers; Standardization and Legislation of Exposure to Music; and other related topics. For a full list of suggested topics, please visit

The conference committee invites the submission of manuscripts (4-8 pages) for consideration. Preliminary papers should be 4-8 pages and submitted by February 15, 2015 for consideration. Papers should include a problem statement, work performed, methods employed, conclusions, and significance of the work. Each submission will be reviewed, and authors notified of acceptance for inclusion in the conference by March 15, 2015. In addition, accepted papers will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society.

The AES 58th International Conference is being chaired by Prof. Dorte Hammershøi, MScEE, PhD, of Aalborg University. Co-chairs for papers are Rodrigo Ordoñez and Robert Schulein. General conference information including the Call For Papers for the Conference on Music-Induced Hearing Disorders can be found at:


2ND international Conference on Dalcroze Studies: "The movement connection"(26 - 29 July 2015, Vienna)

Following the successful and widely praised inaugural conference at Coventry University in 2013, we are pleased to announce that the 2015 host is the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw), Austria. 2015 is an important year for the field of Dalcroze Studies. It is the 150th anniversary of Jaques-Dalcroze’s birth in the city of Vienna. Other celebrations include the centenaries of the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva and Dalcroze UK (formerly the Dalcroze Society UK).

However, the aims of the conference look beyond these particular events and organisations:
- To present the best of current research and practice within Dalcroze Studies and related fields worldwide, especially – this year – research into music and movement relationships in music, dance, somatic practices, theatre and therapy
- To develop interdisciplinary research into Dalcroze Eurhythmics and related fields
- To develop Dalcroze practice, and that in related fields, through research
- To promote contact and understanding between different disciplines, including different traditions of Dalcroze practice and Dalcroze-related practice

Keynote speakers (confirmed):
- Professor Dr Eckart Altenmüller, Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, Germany
- Dr Gunhild Oberzaucher-Schüller, dance historian
- Dr Marja-Leena Juntunen, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland
- Prof. Sally Ann Ness, University of California Riverside, California, USA

We also proudly present:
- Professor Eleonore Witoszynskyj (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria) in conversation with Dalcroze Diplômé Paul Hille
- And Hilde Kappes as our guest artist

For more information:


Ninth Triennial European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM) Conference(17-22 August 2015, Manchester, UK)

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Ninth Triennial European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM) Conference to be held at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK from 17 to 22 August 2015.

ESCOM supports and promotes empirical and theoretical research from a wide range of disciplines, including aesthetics, anthropology, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, composition, education, health and wellbeing, linguistics, music theory, music therapy, neuroscience, performance studies, philosophy, psychoacoustics, psychology and psychophysics. We expect the research to be disseminated at the Ninth Triennial Conference to be new and unpublished, and to have the potential for contributing to a better understanding of how music is perceived, represented and generated.

Submissions are now invited for spoken papers, poster presentations, symposia and workshops. The language of the conference is English and all spoken papers, posters, conference proceedings and publications will be in English. All submissions should be made online. They will be reviewed anonymously by two or more members of the Review Committee. Full-text conference Proceedings will be published online, for downloading, and on a USB flash drive.

Due to the likely interest in this conference the number of opportunities available to each presenter, particularly for spoken papers, is limited. We suggest that those wishing to make more than one submission consider allowing co-authors to present, and/or submitting proposals in different formats such as poster presentations, symposia or workshops, as alternatives to spoken papers. Full details of the types of presentations available can be found at

Key dates:
· Deadline for submissions: 29 December 2014 (no extensions are expected)
· Decisions communicated to presenters: from 23 February 2015
· Registration deadline for presenters (essential to be included in the programme): 1 May 2015
· Deadline for receipt of papers for the Proceedings: 15 May 2015

For more information please see the conference website or contact the Organising Committee at escom2015 <at> We look forward to receiving your submissions and encourage you to keep abreast of developments relating to the conference on the website and Twitter <at> ESCOM2015. Please also share amongst colleagues, students, and other interested parties.

Jane Ginsborg (Chair) and Alexandra Lamont (Co-chair)


International Symposium on Performance Science 2015 (Ryukoku University, Kyoto, 2-5th September 2015)

The ISPS 2015 theme, Performance Education, is intended to provide a platform for new research and discussion on processes of learning, training and review that enable effective performance. Specific research topics, fields of study, and methodological approaches have been left open intentionally to encourage interdisciplinary exchange.

Submissions detailing original research are invited from across all performance disciplines. The official language of the conference is English.

15 January 2015: Paper/poster proposal deadline
15 February 2015: Notification of submission decision
1 March 2015: Registration opens for ISPS 2015
15 April 2015: End of early registration discount
1 May 2015: Frontiers Research Topic opens for submissions
2 September 2015: Start of ISPS 2015

Abstract submissions of 500 words (maximum) are invited for
- Spoken papers
- Poster presentations
- Symposia and workshops

Detailed instructions for submissions, registration and graduate awards are available via the conference website:


3rd ViennaTalk on Music Acoustics (Vienna, Austria, 16–19th September 2015)

This international symposium is organised by the Institute of Musical Acoustics (Wiener Klangstil) in association with the TCMA of the EAA and co-sponsored by ASA, ESCOM, HBS and AMIS. The complete call for participation can be found at

The meeting will take place on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the Institute at the campus of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. We want to address scientists as well as musicians and makers or conservators of musical instruments. The idea, "Bridging the Gaps", means to focus on the dialogue between the aforementioned groups. Scientists will be encouraged to present their papers in a generally understandable way, and instrument makers and musicians will be able to communicate their observations, hypotheses and problems to an interested scientific audience. This way, research might be directed towards new questions, while manufacturers, musicians, instrument conservators and collectors will have the opportunity to find answers and get access to new methods and tools.

We encourage submissions in a wide range of topics in Music Acoustics, Performance Science, and Organology. Please submit your contribution as 300-word abstract or 4-8 page paper by March 1st 2015 at

For more information, please visit the conference web page:  If you have any questions after visiting the web page, please email the secretary at viennatalk <at>



The Institut fur Musikwissenschaft at Universität Leipzig (Germany) will host the International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus), from 17th to 19th September, 2015. The SysMus conferences are annual, student-run events designed to allow advanced students in the field of systematic musicology – particularly those studying for PhDs or completing Masters' degrees – to meet and discuss their research.

Systematic musicology embraces a wide and diverse mix of epistemologies and methodologies from science and humanities in order to study the phenomenon of music in its general rather than specific manifestations.

Co-founded by Manuela Marin and Richard Parncutt in 2008, the SysMus conferences have been organized at different venues across the world (including Austria, Belgium, Germany, Canada, Italy, and
the UK) and internationally renowned researchers working in various subfields of systematic musicology have attended SysMus as keynote speakers.

More details on past and future SysMus conferences can be found on our website

Important Dates
- The submission deadline is the 30th of April
- Notification of acceptance will be announced individually by email on the 30th of June.
- Early registration for SysMus 2015 closes after the 31st of July

More details on the conference, venue and registration will be announced on the website


Learning and Teaching Music in the Twenty-First Century: The Contribution of Science and Technology International Symposium (Montreal, Canada, 5-7th November, 2015)

The aim of this bilingual (English-French) conference is to bring together researchers from instrumental and music pedagogy as well as those from performance,  science performance and music practices to discuss the contribution of scientific research and technological advancements in music learning and teaching contexts in the twenty-first century.

We welcome submissions on any topic relating to learning and teaching of music cross-themed with science and technology, including (but not limited to):

Learning and teaching music – individual and collective settings – all levels/formal and informal settings
Instrumental practice
Control parameters – physiology, physics and psychology of instrumental practice
Traditional and augmented/hyper instruments
Performance and creativity
Learning and technologies
Music, health and well-being
The musician’s health and well-being
The benefits of music on health and well-being

Three types of proposals associated with the topics listed above are welcome:
1.       Oral scientific communication;
2.       Scientific poster;
3.       Panel discussion.

For detailed guidelines, please see

Keynote speakers
Aaron Williamon, Director, Centre for Performance Science. Royal College of Music, London, UK.
Marc Leman, Director, Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music,  Ghent University, Belgium.
Wendy E. Mackay, Research Team Director IN|SITU at INRIA, Paris France

Organizing committee
o   Isabelle Cossette – McGill (Event coordinator)
o   Isabelle Héroux – UQAM (Event coordinator)
o   Georges Dimitrov –Concordia University
o   Francis Dubé – EIRPI, Université Laval
o   Justin Maheux – SQRM
o   Caroline Traube- OICRM, Université de Montréal

Extended call for proposals: New deadline January 15th, 2015


Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology (CIM15) "Imagination in Music" (Shanghai, China, 27-29 November 2015)

CIM brings together all subdisciplines and paradigms of musicology – including analytical, applied, comparative, cultural, empirical, ethnological, historical, popular, scientific, systematic, theoretical - and all musically relevant disciplines – including acoustics, aesthetics, anthropology, archeology, art history and theory, biology, composition, computing, cultural studies, economics, education, ethnology, gender studies, history, linguistics, literary studies, mathematics, medicine, music theory and analysis, neurosciences, perception, performance, philosophy, physiology, prehistory, psychoacoustics, psychology, religious studies, semiotics, sociology, statistics, therapy. All contributions to CIM have at least two authors, and the first two authors represent two of the following three groups: humanities, sciences, and practically oriented disciplines.

CIM15 will be the 10th CIM and the first Asian CIM. It will be held in Shanghai, China from November 27 to 29, 2015, and hosted by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

CIM15 will focus on imagination in music – a topic involving such diverse disciplines as acoustics, audio technology, physiology, psychology, sociology, aesthetics, philosophy, history, ethnology, anthropology, and ideology. The central role of imagination in music has been underestimated in music research. If we are to understand the composition, performance, perception, reception, meaning and social functions of music, we must also understand how music is imagined. On a broader philosophical or religious level, studies of imagination can help us to understand deep questions of body, mind and soul and their interrelationships.

The conference will be bilingual, English and Chinese. Introductory and administrative announcements and information will be presented in both languages. At least half of presentations will be entirely in English, and Chinese presentations will be bilingual, with speech in Chinese and slides in English or vice-versa. The abstract booklet will include an English and a Chinese version of every abstract.

The theme of CIM15
All conference submissions must address the conference theme "imagination in music". Relevant disciplines and promising approaches include:
• Philosophy: musical imagination as culture and ideology
• Anthropology: musical imagination in different cultures
• History: musical imagination in different periods
• Reception: musical audiences, music criticism, musical meaning
• Mind, body, and soul: ecstasy/trance in music, music therapy, music and religion, transculturality
• Technology: sound and music computing, music and the internet
• Psychology of music and imagination: behavior, cognition, neuroscience
• Music theory: imagination of musical structure
• Composition: imagination and creativity, aesthetics, individual composers
• Performance: imagination, interpretation, improvisation
• Other arts: imagination in music and literature, visual arts, plastic arts, drama, architecture

Please submit your abstract to cim2015 <at> by 31 December 2014

Past Events:

Music Cognition: Where Computational and Cognitive Models Meet (March 25-26, 2015, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Music is a complex human phenomenon, motivating researchers to develop a wide variety of models to understand it. Scholars have been developing and revising musical models for more than two thousand years, ranging from the intervallic theories of Pythagoras to the models for large-scale music data mining used at music intelligence companies such as Spotify and Deezer. Different types of models have been developed to suit different academic purposes, including a number of cognitive models (Deutsch & Feroe, 1981; Koelsch, 2011; Lerdahl & Jackendoff, 1983; Narmour, 1992; Peretz & Coltheart, 2003) and a number of computational models of music cognition (Wiggins, Pearce, & Müllensiefen, 2009; Temperley, 2007; Honing, 2006), and at times, partisans of one model have criticized alternative models for the ways in which they are inevitably wrong or inadequate.

The study of music cognition has been a notable flashpoint in these debates, specifically whether ‘cognitive’ or ‘computational’ models are most appropriate and where to draw the boundary between them (Volk & Honingh, JMM special issue 2012). Such polemics may well have resulted in missed collaborations among researchers with the common goal of understanding the mechanisms underlying music cognition. This workshop aims to uncover new areas where cognitive models and computational models of music cognition could profit from one another, promoting a better understanding of music as a human phenomenon and improving the communication between music cognitive and computational scientists.

This workshop will feature keynote presentations, tutorials on computational and cognitive modelling (by the keynote speakers), and oral presentations. We welcome submissions for oral presentations (see submission guidelines).

This workshop on Music Cognition is embedded in the SMART Cognitive Science International workshop. For more information, see

Organisers: John Ashley Burgoyne and M. Paula Roncaglia-Denissen
Advising committee: Henkjan Honing, Aline Honingh and Makiko Sadakata


Northeastern Music Information Special Interest Group (NEMISIG) and Hacking Audio and Music Research (HAMR) (January 31 and February 1-2, 2015 - Ithaca, NY)

NEMISIG (Northeastern Music Information Special Interest Group) is a yearly informal workshop which brings together researchers from various institutions in the Northeastern United States who work on music information retrieval. The meeting provides a space for open discussion of new ideas and intends to foster intercollegiate collaboration.

NEMISIG will be followed by HAMR 2015 (Hacking Audio and Music Research). HAMR is an event which applies the hackathon model to the development of new techniques for analyzing, processing, and synthesizing audio and music signals.

NEMISIG - January 31, 2015 - Ithaca College, Ithaca NY, USA
HAMR - February 1-2, 2015 (tentative) - Cornell University, Ithaca NY, USA

There is no cost to register, but you must register to attend so that we can plan accordingly.

Details & Registration:
More information and instructions on how to register can be found at:


International Conference on Multimodal Experiences of Music (ICMEM) (March 23-25, 2015, Sheffield, UK)

In live and virtual situations, music listening and performing are multimodal experiences: Sounds may be experienced tactically, music evokes visual images or is accompanied by visual presentations, and both generate vivid cross-modal associations in terms of force, size, physical location, fluency and regularity, among others.

ICMEM aims to bring together researchers from various disciplines who investigate the multimodality of musical experiences from different perspectives. Disciplines may include among others audiology, cognition, computer science, ethnomusicology, music performance and theory, neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology.

This conference is supported by ESCOM and SEMPRE, who offer bursaries to student attendees.

The 9th Annual Meeting of the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Society (January 5-7, 2015 – Tucson, AZ)

The University of Arizona will host the 9th annual meeting of the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Society (ACNS). This conference was created to bring together researchers from a variety of backgrounds to discuss the cognitive/perceptual processing of complex signals such as speech, music, and natural sounds.

ACNS is free and open to the public. However, we ask that you register online so we can estimate attendance and plan accordingly.

Visitor parking is available in any of the UA parking garages. The 2nd Street Garage (2nd and Mountain) is closest to the conference venue. Parking costs $10/day.

Hotel Accommodations
Lodge on the Desert (3.2 miles from UA) is the main hotel for ACNS presenters. Other hotel options include Marriott Tucson University Park (within walking distance to the conference venue) or the Doubletree Hotel Tucson at Reid Park).

The deadline for poster submissions is November 24, 2014. Abstracts should be sent to davi.vitela <at> Additional instructions for poster abstract submission will be available on the conference website.

For more information, including further details on the conference schedule as they
become available, please visit
or contact Andrew Lotto at alotto <at>


9th Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology, “Technology” (4-6 December 2014, Berlin)

Technology is the theme of the 2014 edition of CIM, which will be held at Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung (National Institute for Music Research), in Berlin, Germany.

Technology is omnipresent in our lives and it plays an important role in contemporary social development, particularly in the so-called Westernised world. The role of technology in our daily life is even more so remarkable with the increasing ubiquity of technology, specially computing technology, in various activities of our contemporary society, music being a notable example. Yet, there is no single universally accepted definition of "technology".

CIM14 will be aimed at all discourses on the interplay between technology and music, including collaborations between sciences and humanities, interactions between academic research and musical practice, and interdisciplinary combinations that are innovative, unusual, and creative.

Conference Sessions & Topics:

We are particularly interested in new emerging fields of technology in music research and practice, which could form a session on New Emerging Technologies, which might include: Music Neurotechnology, Neuromusicology & Neuro-inspired Music Theory, Evolutionary Computing in Music & Musicology, Computational Ethnomusicology and Unconventional Computing in Music. See CIM14's website for a more comprehensive list.

For further details please follow the link below or contact the conference
     Timour Klouche, Researcher, Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung (SIM, Berlin, Germany) ­ {Klouche <at>}
     Eduardo Reck Miranda, Professor and Head of Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research
(ICCMR, Plymouth University, UK) ­ {eduardo.miranda<at>}

Important Deadlines:
Abstract submission: 05 August 2014
Registration: 01 Oct 2014

Please see the online submission page for more information including important details about the submission format.

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13th Annual Auditory Perception, Cognition and Action Meeting (APCAM 2014) (20 November, 2014, Long Beach, CA)

APCAM is a one-day satellite meeting affiliated with the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society. The goal of APCAM is to bring together researchers from various theoretical perspectives to present focused research on auditory cognition, perception, and aurally guided action. APCAM is a unique meeting in its exclusive focus on the perceptual, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of audition. Another unique aspect of APCAM is that it recently has become a FREE EVENT FOR ALL ATTENDEES.

Submissions should include an abstract of 300 words or less, the title of the proposed presentation, names and institutional affiliation information for all contributing authors as they should appear in the conference program, as well as e-mail contact information for the primary/submitting author. Abstracts should be submitted online by following the Submit link on the APCAM website; this submission portal is expected to become active prior to the end of June. Authors also can communicate directly about submissions with the Chair of the Organizing Committee at hallmd <at>

Additionally, the Organizing Committee welcomes proposals representing either a cluster of 3-4 related abstracts or a possible (45- to 60-minute) panel discussion on a unified topic. Related abstracts can be submitted separately, along with a separate abstract (still 300 words or less) from the coordinating author.

The deadline for submission of abstracts and all program proposals is October 1. While this traditional deadline is very close to the conference date, all authors are expected to be notified about the status of their submission very rapidly after the submission deadline. Travel and reservation information can be located through the APCAM website (, which includes a link to details found on the Psychonomic Society site (

If you are interested in attending APCAM, but do not anticipate being a contributing author, then you can register simply by sending a brief e-mail that includes your name and affiliation to hallmd <at> Contributing authors will be registered automatically, but are asked to indicate at the time of submission which authors are expected to attend the meeting. We look forward to receiving your submissions, and to seeing you in Long Beach.

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LIVElab Grand opening, McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (September 27th, 2014, 1-4PM, McMaster, Hamilton, ON).

Followed by:
10th Annual NeuroMusic Conference
“Performance, Gesture and Social Interaction in Music”, Sunday September 28th, 2014,9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (conference info at:

Featured Speakers: Antonio Camurri, University of Genova; Marcelo Wanderley, McGill University; Michael Hove, Harvard Medical School

Poster Session submissions are now open. Please email an abstract (maximum 250 words) to Dr. Steven Brown ( stebro <at> on any topic related to perception, cognition or performance of music or dance. Early submission is encouraged and acceptance will be sent out as submissions are received. The deadline for abstract submissions is August 31st, 2014

Early Bird Registration: Registration before September 12th, 2014 is $80 ($50 for students) and includes breakfast, lunch and an invitation to attend the LIVELab Grand Opening.
Late Registration: Registration after September 12th, 2014 is $100 ($75 for students).
To register online now, see

Workshop registration details, talk abstracts, maps, dinner ideas, where to stay in Hamilton, and more will be available in the coming weeks. For details, visit or contact:
….Elaine Whiskin ( whiskin <at>
….Janice Shearer ( shearerj <at>

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CogMIR 2014 (October 4, 2014, Ryerson University, Toronto)
The fourth annual seminar on cognitively based music informatics research (CogMIR) will take place on October 4, 2014 at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. In addition to invited keynote presentations by Carol Krumhansl (Cornell University) and Douglas Eck (Google Research), we are pleased to invite the submission of abstracts for spoken or poster presentations.

Abstracts submissions concerning research on the following topics are especially welcome:
-Computational modeling of music similarity
-Computational modeling of music emotion
-Cognitively based approaches to music information retrieval
-Cognitively based approaches to music analysis
-Cognitively based approaches to music generation
-Cognitively based approaches to music in hearing aids
-Music cognition with implications for music informatics

Abstracts of no longer than 200 words should describe the motivation, methodology, results and conclusions of research. Do not send abstracts as an attachment. Please type the abstract directly into the body of your email with a complete list of authors and their affiliations. Please indicate preference for poster or paper presentation.

Abstract submissions should be emailed to: cogmir2014 <at>

New Scholar Prizes:
Google Research has generously provided funds for this meeting that will enable us to support three prizes for new scholars (students/post docs). One prize, valued at $500, will be awarded for the best paper presentation. Two additional prizes, valued at $250 each, will be awarded for the best poster presentations.

Important Dates:
Deadline for abstract submission: July 31, 2014
Notification of acceptance: by August 15, 2014
Deadline for early registration: September 4, 2014
One-day Seminar: October 4, 2014, 9 am – 5 pm

Please feel free to send any questions about the Seminar to the Organizers: Naresh Vempala (nvempala <at> and Frank Russo (russ <at>
Frank Russo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychology, Ryerson University
Director, SMART Lab

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The Musical Brain - Mozart and the Power of Music: Memory, Myth & Magic (24 October, 2014, London, UK)

Speakers to inlude Dr Jessica Grahn, Prof Jane Ginsborg, Stephen Johnson, Prof Nigel Osborne, Prof Michael Trimble and Dr Kirsteen Davidson-Kelly, with performances from Ian Brown, James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrok. Friday 24th October, 9.30 am - 8 pm Senate House, London

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Seventh International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus14) (September 18th-20th, 2014, London, UK)

The Music, Mind and Brain group at Goldsmiths, University of London is pleased to host SysMus14. SysMus is an annual conference organized by students for students. It provides graduate students opportunities to present their research as oral papers or posters and to meet and discuss their own research, while also enjoying keynote speeches by internationally renowned researchers.

SysMus14 will provide early career researchers a meeting place to communicate their research and exchange ideas and concerns, while also acting as a hub for fruitful discussions. It will serve as an intersection point for many different kinds of research and approaches related to the empirical study of music.

Systematic musicology is an umbrella term for a wide range of research on themes including, but not limited to, music perception and cognition, musical structure, music education, music therapy, music and emotion, music and language, acoustics and psychoacoustics, and computer music. Systematic musicology combines a mix of methodologies from the sciences and humanities, including empirical psychology, sociology, cognitive sciences and computing to neurosciences, acoustics and physiology.

Further information about the abstract format, important dates, registration, the venue, accommodation and travel is available online on the SysMus14 website. Any specific questions may be directed to the Organising Committee at sysmus14 <at>

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Milestones in Music Cognition: A Quarter-Century Celebration of Books by Bregman, Krumhansl and Narmour (July 7-8, 2014, Montreal, Canada)

In 1990, three major books were published that were to become transformative pillars in the field of music cognition research and beyond:
Albert Bregman's Auditory Scene Analysis: The Perceptual Organization of Sound, MIT Press.
Carol Lynne Krumhansl's The Cognitive Foundations of Musical Pitch, Oxford University Press, and
Eugene Narmour's The Analysis and Cognition of Basic Melodic Structures: The Implication-Realization Model. The University of Chicago Press.

In anticipation of the 25th anniversary of these influential tomes, a two-day symposium will be held at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal July 7-8, 2014. The symposium will be composed of opening and closing keynote addresses, three sessions with invited speakers reflecting upon the impact of the honorees' work on the fields of music psychology, music theory, cognitive neuroscience and engineering, and a contributed poster session.

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent and you need to click on the URL to confirm your registration to avoid problems.

A special issue of Music Perception to honor these three books will be organized by guest editors David Temperley, Alexander Rozin and Stephen McAdams, targeting the June 2015 issue. Manuscripts for this special issue should be submitted directly to the journal by October 1, 2014 (indicate in the cover letter that the submission is intended for the special issue). Speakers and poster presenters at the McGill symposium are encouraged to submit. All manuscripts will be reviewed through the normal procedure. The final versions of all submissions must be accepted by February 28, 2015 to be considered for inclusion in the special issue. Due to the limited page space for a single issue, papers that are deemed acceptable for publication in Music Perception but for which space is not available will appear in subsequent issues of
the journal.

The full program for the symposium is now online:
Please note that early registration closes April 30th, 2014:

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Summer school: Pitch, Music, and Associated Pathologies ( July 9-11, 2014, Lyon, France)

This summer school is organized jointly by CeLyA and the GDR GRAEC. CeLyA ( ) is a « laboratoire d'excellence » (LabEx) which is a virtual lab gathering the research teams working on acoustics and hearing in the Lyon area, funded by the "Investissement d'avenir" program of the French Ministry of Research. One of CeLyA's objective is the dissemination of knowledge in all disciplines of acoustics and hearing sciences. The GDR CNRS GRAEC (Groupement de Recherche en Audiologie Experimentale et Clinique) is a network which regroups french national research teams, ETN departments of Hospital and the participation of industrial partners (cochlear implants and hearing aids).

The public for this summer school will be students and young researchers with various backgrounds in hearing sciences. As the summer school will be entirely in English, we expect international participations. We are hoping for a lot of fruitful exchanges between the participants and the speakers, with a didactical format for the presentations and enough time for discussion. The scientific sessions and a preliminary list of invited speakers is detailed below. We also encourage all participants to bring a poster as a vector for informal discussions about their work.

There are no registration costs. Lunches, coffee breaks and all socials will be offered to all participants during the duration of the summer school. To enhance interaction between participants and invited speakers, the available places will be strictly limited and the participants should go through a application process by sending an email (with object: [SummerSchool]) to the organizing committee [SummerSchool (at)] attached with a motivation letter and a brief CV (no more than two pages altogether).
The deadline to apply is 30th April 2014.

We recommend all participants to stay at the Valpré conference center ( ) where the summer school will take place. Rooms will be automatically booked when registering, unless specifically stated otherwise by the applicant, but will remains, if selected, at the applicant's charge (75€/night single room or 98€/night twin room).

Further scientific details will come soon in a second call and on the dedicated website, but we already welcome registrations.
We hope to see you in Lyon in July,

The organizing committee : Pascal Barone, Anne Caclin, Nicolas Grimault

Preliminary scientific program:
Session 1: pitch and associated pathologies

Daniel Pressnitzer, Dept. Etude Cognitives, ENS, Paris, France
Monitta Chatterjee, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, USA
Olivier Macherey, LMA, Marseille, France
Christophe Micheyl, Starkey, San Francisco, USA
Dan Gnansia, Neurelec, Paris, France
Chris James, Cochlear, Toulouse, France.

Session 2: Music and associated pathologies

Bénédicte Poulin-Charonnat, LEAD, Dijon, France
Marion Cousineau, BRAMS, Montreal, Canada
Barbara Tillmann, CRNL, Lyon, France
Elvira Brattico, Cogn. Brain Res. Unit, Helsinki, Finland
Mathieu Marx, National Research Hospital (CHU), Toulouse, France.

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ICMPC13-APSCOM5 (August 4-8th, 2014, Seoul, South Korea)

The International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition returns to the Asia-Pacific area. The meeting of 2014 is the third joint conference of ICMPC and APSCOM. The meeting will be co-hosted by Yonsei University, the Korean Society for Music Theory (KSMT), and Korean Society for Music Perception and Cognition (KSMPC). Professor Moo Kyoung Song at Yonsei University will be the chair of the conference.

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Music Medicine through the Lifespan: 3rd International Conference of IAMM (June 24-27, 2014, Toronto, Canada)

The 3rd International Conference of the International Association for Music & Medicine is promising to be an outstanding event with an unprecedented line-up of Keynotes and Plenaries. On the theme of Music Medicine through the Lifespan, three keynote addresses, looking at childhood, adulthood, and the later years, will be presented by Dr. Laurel Trainor, Director of the McMaster Institute for Music and Mind, Dr Julian Thayer, Ohio Eminent Scholar Professor in Health Psychology, Ohio State University, and Dr. Alicia Ann Clair, Professor and Director of Music Education and Music Therapy at the University of Kansas. Dr. Clair is also a Research Associate in Gerontology at KU.  In addition there will be three neuroscience plenaries featuring MaHRC associates and four hospital research associates featuring music research being conducted at Toronto hospitals.  A special feature is the talk at the conference dinner by internationally celebrated neuroscience writer and MaHRC associate, Dr. Norman Doidge. In addition 37 research papers plus a group of posters and 3 workshops.

Early Bird Deadline: April 15.

For conference information and registration, please see

For more information contact: Dr. Lee Bartel, lbartel<at>

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Midwest Music Information Retrieval (MMIRG) (June 14, 2014, Chicago, IL)

The Midwest Music Information Retrieval Gathering is a one-day get together of music information and music audio processing researchers, held at Northwestern University just outside of Chicago in Evanston, IL. This will be a chance for research groups from the Midwest to meet and present research in a more relaxed and more affordable setting than is typical at IEEE and ACM-style conferences. Registration is free. Opportunities to present research as posters/talks/demos are available to registered participants. Parking and lunch will be provided free of charge for all presenters and attendees up a maximum of 50 registered attendees. Limited travel assistance funding will be available for long distance presenters in financial need.

We held the first MMIRG in 2011. It was a great way to meet other researchers in the region and share ideas (and also a great excuse for many to come to Chicago for the weekend...). We are looking forward to seeing old and new faces here in Evanston on June 14.

To register and for more information go to:

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The University of Helsinki Cognitive Brain Research Unit (CBRU) and CICERO Learning are organizing a symposium on the recent findings on neuroscience and neural plasticity of language and music this coming June.

The topics include music and language learning in different ages; bilingualism; music emotions in the brain; music in neurological rehabilitation; structural, functional, and genetic evidence on musical expertise; genetic background of dyslexia; language deficits and their amelioration with interventions.

The keynote speakers of the event include Professor Kenneth Hugdahl (University of Bergen, Norway), Professor Juha Kere (Karolinska Institutet), Professor Yury Shtyrov (University of Århus), Professor Fredrik Ullén (Karolinska Institutet), Professor Josef Rauschecker (Georgetown University) and Professor Peter Vuust (University of Århus).

In addition to keynote talks, invited speakers and discussions, the symposium will include a poster session. The Call for Posters is currently open, the deadline is on Tuesday 15 April 2014.
For more information:

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Colloquium, “Improvisation and the Politics of Everyday Sounds: Cornelius Cardew and Beyond” (June 10-12, 2014; Montréal, Canada)

The Colloquium “Improvisation and the Politics of Everyday Sounds: Cornelius Cardew and Beyond” takes the work of British composer Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981) as a point of departure for a reflection on the aesthetic, ethical, and political entailments of forms of art and activism that engage with improvisatory creative practices. In his work with groups such as the Scratch Orchestra and AMM, Cornelius Cardew explored modes of music making that emphasized social and aesthetic notions of freedom and gave pride of place to improvisatory, intermedial, and experimental poietic procedures, among them the use of chance, the recourse to everyday sounds, the exploration of unconventional music notation techniques, the incorporation of non-trained performers to music making processes, and the interplay of different forms of aesthetic perception and representation.

What aspects of the creative process did these procedures call attention to, and how did they attempt to unsettle naturalized forms of aesthesis? To what extent did such practices contribute to the reconfiguration of established modes of music making, and in what ways did they probe the boundaries between distinct aesthetic realms and social formations (e.g. between high art and mass culture, between music and grassroots activism)? What political commitments and concerns underpinned these improvisatory, intermedial modes of poiesis, and what forms of freedom did they actualize? In what ways are these poietic procedures (and their attendant iterations of freedom) in dialogue with the improvisatory forms of art and activism rehearsed in other geographical, cultural, and historical contexts? This colloquium aims to bring together artists, activists, and scholars to explore these and other related lines of inquiry.

 We welcome proposals, in English or French, for papers, roundtables, workshops, and artist/activist interventions. Abstracts of no more than 300 words, accompanied by a brief biographical statement (maximum 250 words), should be submitted to Eric Lewis <eric.lewis <at>> and Illa Carrillo Rodríguez <illacarrillo2 <at>> by March 30, 2014.

Proposals for roundtables, workshops, and artist/activist interventions should include the following information: 1) format and duration of the proposed event; 2) details about the materials and technical support required for the event; and 3) biographical statements of all event participants. Selected applicants will be notified by the end of March.

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Neuroscience and Music V – Cognitive Stimulation and Rehabilitation (29 May – 1 June, 2014; Dijon, France)

The Mariani Foundation for Paediatric Neurology announces The Neurosciences and Music - V: Cognitive Stimulation and Rehabilitation - in partnership with Université de Bourgogne, Municipality of Dijon and Université de Lyon, - in cooperation with EBRAMUS "Initial Training Network" funded by the 7th European Framework / Marie Curie Action.

The central theme of "The Neurosciences and Music - V" will be Cognitive Stimulation and Rehabilitation. The programme will include Keynote Lectures, Symposia, Poster Sessions and Pre-conference Workshops, to be held in the afternoon of 29 May. The meeting will be of interest to neuroscientists, psychologists and students and also to clinical neurologists, clinical psychologists, therapists, music performers and educators as well as musicologists.


Selected Topics in Sensorimotor Integration: CRBLM Symposium on Language and Music(May 2, 2014, Montreal, Canada)

On Friday, May 2, CRBLM will host a one-day symposium, our second annual meeting, to explore the overlap and divergence between language and music in sensorimotor integration. A substantial amount of work in speech demonstrates a close functional relationship between neural systems responsible for motor control and those responsible for sensory processing. A remarkable parallel exists in music performance, where there is good evidence for similar functional relationships between motor execution and perception. In 2014, the Montreal-based annual meeting focus on comparative perspectives on language and music as a means to enhance our understanding of these highly developed neurobiological, social and communicative behaviours.

The Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music (CRBLM), invites all faculty, student members and postdoctoral researchers to submit a proposal for a poster. Work that has already been presented at national or international conferences is welcomed. Student presenters will be eligible for a $250 prize for best conference poster (student must be first author).

To submit your abstract, please complete the web form at

Conference Date: Friday, May 2nd
Conference Location: Montreal Neurological Institute
Poster Submission deadline: Thursday, April 24th, 2014