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Centre for Music and Science


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


The Faculty operates a full-equipped studio within our Centre for Music and Science for use by staff and students at all levels with induction and support provided by the CMS Technical Specialist, Dr Myles Eastwood (mjfe2).

The facility comprises two isolated spaces, Studios 1 and 2, which can be booked for any audio-related activity, from multitrack recording and electronic composition to psychology experiments and deep listening.

A wide selection of capable software, high-quality playback systems (in stereo and various surround configurations), and numerous bits of hardware ranging from user-friendly portable recorders to industry-standard microphones. 

The two Studios can be booked together and patched into each other in a traditional control room/studio configuration, as well as patched into the Concert Hall and Recital Room depending on the user's needs. For electroacoustic composers the 8-channel playback rig in Studio 1 mirrors the 8-channel system recently installed in the Recital Room.

Studio 1


Studio 2


Computer Room

The Computer Room contains 11 Apple iMacs, each with a MIDI keyboard. Each iMac runs Sibelius, Microsoft Office and Logic Pro, as well as a wide range of freeware.


Research Room

The Research Room contains a collection of additional 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

Library exhibition entitled 'Music and Science: Exploring the Scientific Principles Behind Musical Phenomena'

4 July 2024

Harriet Edwards, recent undergraduate music and science student, has curated a library exhibition entitled 'Music and Science: Exploring the Scientific Principles Behind Musical Phenomena'. This exhibition is currently on display at the John's College Library, and has an online version available at this link . Do have a...

Call for papers: Tacit Engagement in the Digital Age (TEDA) 2024

2 July 2024

Tacit Engagement in the Digital Age (TEDA) 2024 continues the discussion from the 2019 conference that was co-hosted by the Centre for Music and Science and CRASSH Re-Network and international Polanyi Society, sponsored by the AI & Society Journal (Springer). The 2024 conference will take place in Cambridge over 2 days...

Huw Cheston starts internship at Spotify

10 June 2024

Good luck to Huw Cheston, current CMS PhD student, who starts an internship with Spotify today! Huw will be developing new machine-learning models for better understanding how different people contribute individual stylistic elements to musical recordings.