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Arild Stenberg is Senior Research Associate for the Leverhulme-funded project Score design for music reading: Cognitive and artistic perspectives. The project team further includes two Research Assistants (Dr David Duncan, and a PhD student still to be selected), and is led by Prof. I. Cross, founder of the CMS, as Principal Investigator; it will run at the Faculty of Music —with collaborations from the Royal College of Music and the Conservatiore Royal de Bruxelles— from Jan 2023 to May 2026. Arild previously completed his PhD at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, in 2019, supervised by Prof. Cross (music) and Prof. Sarah Hawkins (linguistics).

David Duncan is a research assistant on the Leverhulme-funded project Score Design for Music Reading, led by Ian Cross and Arild Stenberg. Since his PhD in composition (University of Glasgow) he has worked in music publishing and education. As an editor at Edition Peters, he prepared many contemporary pieces for performance, including works by James Dillon and Anders Hillborg, and he designed and edited an activity book for children based on the works of John Cage, Everything We Do is Music. After leaving Edition Peters he managed the publishing output of the London College of Music, where he played an active part in diversifying graded music curriculums, and he has recently worked in as a syllabus manager at RSL Awards, developing new vocational qualifications for schools and colleges. He is particularly passionate about widening access to music education.

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).


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