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Centre for Music and Science


The CMS holds regular seminars in term-time which are open to the general public. These seminars generally take place at 5pm on Tuesdays in the CMS Computer Room at the Faculty of Music; it is also possible to attend via Zoom. For more information, including zoom links, reminders, and last-minute updates, please subscribe to the mus-sciencemusic mailing list, or contact Peter Harrison at

Easter 2022

May 10th 2022, 5pm, CMS Computer Room
Richard Widdess (SOAS, University of London) 
Vocables and syntax in Indian ālāp singing

May 24th 2022, 5pm, CMS Computer Room
Fabia Franco (Faculty of Science and Technology, Middlesex University) 
Song as an optimal window for infant language development

May 31st 2022, 5pm, CMS Computer Room
Huw Cheston (Centre for Music and Science, University of Cambridge) 
Designing a novel system for studying ensemble interaction in musical performances

June 7th 2022, 5pm, CMS Computer Room (CANCELLED)
Roberta Bianco (Neuroscience of Perception and Action Lab, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia)
On the neural and computational underpinnings of memory of tone sequences

June 14th 2022, 5pm, CMS Computer Room
Ron Friedman (State University of New York)
Preference for harmony: A link between aesthetic responses to combinations of colors and musical tones

June 21st 2022, 5pm, CMS Computer Room (CANCELLED)
Arild Stenberg (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Score designs for music reading: Cognitive and artistic perspectives

Lent 2022

February 1st 2022, 5pm, CMS Computer Room
Courtney Hilton and Cody Moser (Harvard University, Department of Psychology) 
Acoustic regularities in infant-directed speech and song across cultures 

February 15th 2022, 5pm, CMS Computer Room
Zoltan Dienes (University of Sussex, School of Psychology) 
Registered Reports: Shaking up the role of publishers

March 8th 2022, 5pm, CMS Computer Room
Nikki Moran (University of Edinburgh, Reid School of Music) 
Title TBC

March 15th 2022, 5pm, CMS Computer Room
Diana Omigie (Goldsmiths, University of London, Department of Psychology) 
Exploring music-induced visual imagery 

Michaelmas 2021

October 10th 2021, 4.30pm, Recital Room
Ian Cross’s retirement celebration


November 2nd 2021, 5pm, Lecture Room 1
Raf Orlowski & Camilla Fletcher
Acoustics of spaces for performance


November 16th 2021, 5pm, Lecture Room 1
Ana Clemente
Aesthetic sensitivity


November 18th 2021, 11am, CMS Computer Room
John McBride
Evolution of musical scales


November 30th 2021, 5pm, Lecture Room 1
Liila Taruffi
Can music shape ongoing thoughts and visual mental images?

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