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Centre for Music and Science

 
Ian Cross is Emeritus Professor of Music & Science, having retired in 2021 as Director of the Centre for Music and Science where he led a lively group of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in exploring music, its materials and its effects from a wide range of scientific perspectives. His early research helped set the agenda for the study of music cognition; he has since published widely in the field of music and science, from the psychoacoustics of violins to the evolutionary roots of musicality.
Sarah Hawkins is Emeritus Professor of Speech and Music Science and a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. She has broad interests in how humans communicate using sound-based systems. Her particular specialism is in the acoustics and perception of speech. Her early research studied timing and rhythm in children’s speech, subsequently turning to exploration of subtle differences in acoustic-phonetic patterns that systematically reflect distinctions in linguistic structure, and of how listeners use these subtle cues to understand natural and synthetic speech. These interests have been subsequently extended to the study of musical interaction and performance, as well as speech.

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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...