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Satinder Gill is a Research Affiliate with the Centre for Music and Science, collaborating with Ian Cross. She investigates rhythm and sense making in communication as a critical lens on the changing nature of presence and tacit engagement in technology mediated communication. Since her PhD in Experimental Psychology (Darwin College) on tacit knowledge in communication, she has worked in Japan (NTT Basic Research Labs), Finland (Centre for Knowledge and Innovation Research, Helsinki) and the USA (CSLI, Stanford). Her research has been motivated by three related concerns, the first being, how do I know that I have been understood and how do I know that I have understood?; the second being on ‘certainty’, on why it is that when we engage with the artificial representation of our decision making processes, we lose our capacity to judge with doubt?; and thirdly, with the rapid pace of change of technology and its uptake, can the arts and sciences together create new methods that bring the ephemeral experience and the representational together to grasp the impacts in society and shape interfaces that afford tacit engagement? Satinder is Managing Editor of the AI & Society Journal and author of Tacit Engagement (2015, Springer).
John Bispham completed his PhD at the Division of Biological Anthropology in 2018 (supervised by Prof. Cross [CMS]). This cross-disciplinary project sought to describe specific features of the human faculty for music -qualities and/or capabilities that are at once universally present and operational in music across cultures whilst also being specific to our species and to the domain of music. Principally, he posits that configurations of musical pulse; musical tone; and musical motivation provide a particular and sustained attentional structure for managing personal experience and interpersonal/group interaction. Music’s “design features” are therefore considered most fundamentally as a potentiating, quasi-architectural framework in which our most central affective and socio-intentional drives are afforded extended time, stability, and a degree of abstraction, intensity, focus and meaning. In response to some critical gaps in our understanding of pitch and harmony in musical interaction and in related comparative analyses, he is also currently proposing a new experimental paradigm for investigating pitch matching and correction mechanisms in social interaction.


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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...