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Petri Toiviainen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland: Kinematics of music cognition

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  • Distinguished Lecture
When Mar 13, 2012
from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where A832, New Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St. West.
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Bodily movement plays an important role in many musical activities. For instance, in most cultures music is associated with dance. Furthermore, we tend to move while listening to music, in particular when the music has a clear pulse. Additionally, corporeal movement is important for the interaction and communication between musicians, helping to maintain synchronization and convey expressive intentions. Lastly, movement is an important ingredient in social interaction associated with music listening. Music can thus be regarded as a fundamentally spatiotemporal phenomenon. I will review some of the work on music and movement carried out at our lab. Specific topics include kinematics of music-induced movement and its dependence on the characteristics of music and listener, as well as collective entrainment.  


Petri Toiviainen is a Professor of Music at the University of Jyväskylä and the leader of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research. His research interests include music and movement, perception of rhythm and tonality, emotions in music, sound and music computing, and music visualization. He has published several articles and given a number of keynote talks on these topics, and is an editorial board member of a number of journals. He is also a co-author of several widely used software  tools for music analysis, including the MIDI Toolbox, the MIRToolbox, and the Motion Capture Toolbox. 


APA video citation:

Toiviainen, P. (2012, October 22). Kinematics of music cognition -
CIRMMT Distinguished Lectures in the Science and Technology of Music. [Video file].
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