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Centre for Music and Science


The purpose-built CMS building houses two Electronic Studios, a Computer Room, and a Research Room.

Electronic Studios

The CMS contains two Electronic Studios, both of which contain analogue and digital connections to West Road Concert Hall and the Faculty's Recital Room. Electronic Studio 1 is acoustically treated and isolated. Hardware includes Neumann, AKG and DPA microphones, RME preamps and converters and a Mac Pro and iMac running current versions of Reaper, Logic and Pro Tools Native. There is also a portable MADI rig that takes advantage of the building's fibre optic infrastructure and allows multitrack recordings of performances to be captured in the highest quality.

Computer Room

The Computer Room contains 12 Apple iMacs, each with a MIDI keyboard. Each iMac runs Sibelius, Microsoft Office and Pro Tools LE, as well as a wide range of freeware.

Research Room

The Research Room contains a collection of additional high-powered Windows and Macintosh machines running a variety of specialist software for audio analysis, video editing, composition, and architectural acoustic simulation. It also contains a sound-proofed booth for running auditory experiments.

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Latest news

ICMPC17 presentation - Huw Cheston - Coordination Strategies in Networked Jazz Performances

4 September 2023

We just got back from from an inspiring ICMPC17 (International Conference for Music Perception and Cognition) in Tokyo. It was so great to hear from music psychology laboratories over the world, and to reconnect with old friends and colleagues. Several of our CMS members presented at this conference, including PhD student...

Michaelmas 2023 seminars announced

30 August 2023

The seminar list for Michaelmas 2023 has now been published on the CMS seminars page ! We are excited to have guests joining us from institutes around the world, including Europe, the United States, and Australia, to talk about a variety of topics spanning pitch, rhythm, timbre, and memory.

Research associate position for managing a randomised controlled trial of music therapy with autistic children

30 August 2023

The Autism Research Centre at the Cambridge Department of Psychiatry is looking to appoint a research associate (fixed-term) to manage a randomised controlled trial of music therapy with autistic children. The application deadline is 10 September 2023. For more details see the following link: