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Workshop: Introducing Mobile Brain-Computer Interfaces to Music Research in Musicology

BCMI_Koeln_posterProgram (Day 1 & Day 2)

Dates: 24 April & 06 June 2015 (10:00-18:00)
Location: R. 1.416 (Alter Seminarraum)

Workshop language: German

Neuroscientific research methods have become increasingly popular in music research. Recent developments in Neuromusicology include two directions. On one hand, music is regarded as a neurocognitive system and its functional mind/brain architecture is investigated. On the other hand, brain signals (as recorded with the electroencephalogram, EEG) are used directly to generate music or more generally artistic interactions. The latter is closely related to the new field of Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs), which were originally developed to give severely paralyzed patients the ability to communicate or control devices such as artificial limbs or wheelchairs, but are also used in New Media Art. The area with a special focus on music is called „Brain-Computer Music Interfacing” (BCMI).

In this workshop, basic concepts of Neuromusicology and BCIs are introduced, which are accompanied by practical exercises on using BCIs. The contents are:

  • Introduction to neuroscience (focus on EEG)
  • Use of EEG in Neuromusicology
  • Different approaches in BCI research
  • Overview of application areas
  • Video lecture about neuroscience and music therapy (tbc. Jörg Fachner)
  • BCIs in artistic contexts such as New Media Art (talk and demonstration by media artist Claudia Robles)
  • Hands-on sessions with Emotiv EPOC+ system

This workshop is the first step towards introducing several fields of neuroscience of music to musicology and integrating them into cognitive musicology in order to understand music as a neurocognitive system.

ATTENTION: A LIMITED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
PLEASE REGISTER VIA E-MAIL!

Organizers: Clemens Maidhof, Rie Asano, & Uwe Seifert
Contact: bcmi_koeln@web.de
Web: http://www.musicolinguistics.de/bcmi-koeln/

Department of Systematic Musicology
Institute of Musicology
University of Cologne
Cologne, Germany

Upcoming events

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Mind, Technology, and Society
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Workshop: Comparative Biomusicology – Feb 25-26 2014, Cologne, Germany

CBM_Poster

next week on February 25-26 2014 a workshop on
Comparative Biomusicology
will take place at the Institute of Musicology, University of Cologne, Cologne/Germany.

For more information, please visit our website (http://musikwissenschaft.phil-fak.uni-koeln.de/19788.html) or send us email (rie.asano@uni-koeln.de).

Please pass along to anyone you think would be interested in attending.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Best regards,

Uwe Seifert & Rie Asano

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Confirmed Discussants:

  • Cedric Boeckx (ICREA, Barcelona, Spain)
  • Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky (Neurolinguistics, Marburg, Germany)
  • W. Tecumseh Fitch (Cognitive Biology, Vienna, Austria)
  • Stefan Koelsch (Biological Psychology and Music Psychology, Berlin, Germany)
  • Matthias Schlesewsky (Department of English and Linguistics, Mainz, Germany)
  • Barbara Tillmann, via video conference (CRNL, Lyon, France)
  • Kai Vogeley (Department of Psychiatry, Cologne, Germany)

Further discussants are invited.
The list of confirmed discussants will be updated on this homepage.

Location:

Institute of Musicology
Raum 1.416 (Alter Seminarraum)
Universität zu Köln
Hauptgebäude
Albertus-Magnus-Platz

Begin: Tuesday, February 25 2014 at 9:30 am

End: Wednesday, February 26 2014 in the late afternoon

Organizer: Rie Asano & Uwe Seifert

Web: http://musikwissenschaft.phil-fak.uni-koeln.de/19788.html

It would help us if you could send a short e-mail if you are interested in visiting our workshop: rie.asano@uni-koeln.de

Short description of the workshop:

Cedric Boeckx initiated a new research program in biolinguistics called “comparative biolinguistics” (see his “Exploratory Workshop on Comparative Biolinguistics” and e.g. Benítez-Burraco & Boeckx, 2013).

On February 25-26, 2014, we are planning a workshop for two days to explore how that program might be adapted to music research (which, then, might be called “comparative biomusicology”).

The main aims of the workshop are to discuss:

1) The role and relation of theory and empirical research in such a comparative research program.

2) How results from comparative language-music research might be related. Comparative research includes within-species comparisons such as (developmental) disorders, different cognitive systems (e.g. language, music, and motor cognition) and cultural variations as well as between-species comparisons (e.g. birds, mammalians, non-human primates, and humans).

3) The role and relation of proximate and ultimate analysis in investigating the  cognitive systems language and music.

In general, we are interested to discuss from the point of view of linguistics (Cedric Boeckx), cognitive musicology (Uwe Seifert & Rie Asano), cognitive biology (W. Tecumseh Fitch), cognitive neuroscience and social cognition (Kai Vogeley), Cognitive Neuroscience and language (Matthias Schlesewsky & Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky) and cognitive neurocscience and psychology (Barbara Tillmann – via video conference) how, then, both programs might enhance each other and which strategies might be shared theoretically and empirically.

Studies in Cognitive Musicology

The first volume of Studies in Cognitive Musicology ed. by U. Seifert (University of Cologne) has been published!

This series focuses on the broad thematic and methodological fields relating to musicology. “Musicology has to cope with transdisciplinary challenges: In the 21st century linguistics, philosophy, cognitive neurosciences and psychology, information and media technology, biological anthropology and other disciplines have become increasingly interested in music research introducing new concepts, questions, methods and technologies for investigating music.” SysMus11, an international student conference of systematic musicology, was held in Cologne, 2011. This conference included several themes and approaches mentioned above to discuss about the nature of music. The proceeding Under Construction: Trans- and Interdisciplinary Routes in Music Research ed. by J. Wewers and U. Seifert introduces this new series.

For more information, please visit the publisher homepage (epOs-Music):

http://www.epos.uni-osnabrueck.de/music/templates/buch.php?id=95