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Workshop on perception of tonal structure in music

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This workshop is organized by CIRMMT Research Axis 5 (Music perception and cognition). It will take place on February 22nd, in A832 (New Music Building). This workshop is free and open to all. Registration is required.

  • Research Workshop
When Feb 22, 2013
from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where A832, New Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St. West.
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Registration is mandatory as seating is limited (35 seats): Workshop on perception of tonal structure in music - registration


This workshop will include presentations on a wide range of recent researches into the perception of tonality in music. 

Guests / Speakers

  • Nick Foster, Montreal Children's Hospital/Neuroscience, Faculty of Science, McGill University
  • Petr Janata, University of California, USA
  • Michael Klein, CIRMMT, MNI, Faculty of Science, McGill University
  • Brian Mathias, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science, McGill University
  • Martin Rohrmeier, MIT i2 intelligence initiative, USA
  • Cecilia Taher, Schulich School of Music, McGill University
  • Dominique Vuvan, BRAMS, Université de Montréal


10:00-10:15 - Introduction and coffee

10:15-10:45 - Michael KleinQualitatively differentiable sounds & quantitatively differentiable brains: encoding of decoding of musical intervals

10:45-11:15 - Cecilia TaherAn empirical investigation of the effects of harmony on pitch perception

11:15-11:30 - Coffee break

11:30-12:00 - Dominique VuvanThe robustness of tonal representations: Insights from amusia research

12:00-13:00 - Lunch

13:00-13:30 - Martin RohrmeierMusical syntax and tonality: Theoretical and empirical approaches

13:30-14:00 - Nick FosterMusical mental transformations: can the circle of fifths predict brain activity?

14:00-14:15 - Coffee break

14:15-14:45 - Brian MathiasTonal changes influence electrophysiological responses to perceived and performed melodies

14:45-15:45 - Round table and discussion with Petr Janata, respondent

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