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Centre for Music and Science

The Centre for Music and Science (CMS) provides a home for research linking the field of music with psychology, acoustics, computer science, and neuroscience. It is inherently multidisciplinary, though perhaps the chief specialism of the centre is music cognition. Through dedicated studio facilities, the CMS supports technology-based teaching and graduate and staff research that requires technological resources. The centre is a base for collaborative research with other departments in Cambridge and with those in outside institutions.

The Faculty of Music added the CMS as a purpose built wing in 2003 with the assistance of an award of £1.3 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and of funds from the University and Colleges. The site comprises a fully sound-isolated Recording Studio (consisting of a Control Room and Recording Room, both linked to the Concert Hall and Recital Room), a Computer Room and a Research Room.

The CMS was led from its inception in 2003 by Ian Cross, now Emeritus Professor of Music and Science. In 2011 Ian was joined in the CMS by Sarah Hawkins, now Emeritus Professor of Speech and Music Science. Ian and Sarah supervised a great number of students and research fellows during their time, many of whom can now be found in research and teaching institutions all over the world. Ian retired in September 2021, and now the CMS is now directed by Peter Harrison, an alumnus of Cambridge with particular expertise in computational music cognition.

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Latest news

New paper: A case study investigating the interaction between tuba acoustic radiation patterns and performance spaces

27 October 2022

Recent CMS undergraduate Silas Sanders just presented his dissertation project at the 153rd Convention of the Audio Engineering Society. The project is entitled 'A case study investigating the interaction between tuba acoustic radiation patterns and performance spaces'. Silas put together an impressive pipeline of acoustic...

New PhD and research assistant positions: Score design for music reading

11 October 2022

We are happy to share several new positions at our Centre for Music and Science (Faculty of Music, Cambridge). These positions are part of the Leverhulme Trust-funded project Score designs for the facilitation of music reading: Cognitive and artistic perspectives led by Professor Ian Cross (Principal Investigator) and Dr...