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

CogSci 2015
July 22-25, 2015
Mind, Technology, and Society
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA, USA
Web / Call for papers (February 1, 2015)

SMPC 2015
August 1-5, 2015
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA
Web / Call for abstracts (Deadline: February 2, 2015)

ESCOM 2015
August 17-22, 2015
Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK
Web / Call for papers (closed)

SysMus15
September 17-19, 2015
Institut für Musikwissenschaft, Leipzig, Germany
Web / Call for papers (closed)

ICP 2016 (International Conference of Psychology)
July 24-29, 2016
Pacifico Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Web / Call for abstracts

CogSci 2016
August 3-6, 2016
Recognizing and Representing Events:
Integrating Psychological, Philosophical, Linguistic, Computational and Neural Perspectives
Philadelphia Convention Center; Philadelphia, USA
Web / Call for papers

Evolang 11
2016
New Orleans
Web / Call for papers

Past Events

ICMPC13-APSCOM5
August 4-8, 2014
Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
Web / Call for papers (closed)

Collective Intentionality IX
September 10-13, 2014
Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
Web / Call for papers (closed)

SysMus14
September 18-12, 2014
Music, Mind & Brain Group, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Web / Call for papers (colsed)

CogWis 2014: How Language and Behavior Constitute Cognition
September 29 – October 2, 2014
University of Tuebingen, Tuebingen, Germany
Web / Call for papers (closed)

CogMIR 2014
October 4, 2014
Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
Web / Call for papers

iCog: Perspectives of Learning
October 15-16,2014
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
Web / Call for papers

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

———————————————-

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.

SMPC 2013

Quote

Title: SMPC 2013
Location: Toronto, Canada
Link out: Click here
Start Date: 2013-08-08
End Date: 2013-08-11

The biennial meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition will be held August 8-11, 2013 at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Ryerson has the fastest rate of research growth in the Province of Ontario (as measured by external research funding), and it leads the country in research publication growth over the past decade.

Toronto is an exciting conference destination, offering a diverse range of attractions, excellent dining, and world-class entertainment. The city is also safe and pedestrian-friendly, consistently ranked among the world’s most liveable cities.

KEYNOTE

Dr. Carol L. Krumhansl, Cornell University
“Musical Tension: Statistics, Structure, and Style.” For more information on Dr. Krumhansl’s work please click here

PUBLIC LECTURE

To coincide with SMPC’s efforts to help bring music perception and cognition research to the general public in order to promote broad interest in the field, we are pleased to offer a public lecture  by Dr. Daniel Levitin (Author of: “This is Your Brain on Music”) on Sunday August 11, 2013. Admission is free, and open to the general public as well as SMPC delegates. We hope to see you there!

CONTAKT

Conference Chair
Frank Russo (Psychology, Ryerson University):russo@ryerson.ca
Operations Coordinator
Tristan Loria (Psychology, Ryerson University):smpc2013@psych.ryerson.ca
Program Chair
Michael Schutz (McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind): schutz@mcmaster.ca

FotFS VIII: History and Philosophy of Infinity

Quote

Title: FotFS VIII: History and Philosophy of Infinity
Location: Cambridge, England
Link out: Click here
Start Date: 2013-09-20
End Date: 2013-09-23

The concept of infinity has fascinated philosophers and mathematicians for many centuries: e.g., the distinction between the potential and actual infinite appears in Aristotle’s Physics (in his treatment of the paradoxes of Zeno) and the notion was implied in the attempts to sharpen the method of approximation (starting as early as Archimedes and running through the middle ages and into the nineteenth century). Modern mathematics opened the doors to the wealth of the realm of the infinities by means of the set-theoretic foundations of mathematics.

Any philosophical interaction with concepts of infinite must have at least two aspects: first, an inclusive examination of the various branches and applications, across the various periods; but second, it must proceed in the critical light of mathematical results, including results from meta-mathematics.

The conference History & Philosophy of Infinity will emphasize philosophical, empirical and historical approaches. In the following, we give brief descriptions of these approaches with a number of questions that we consider relevant for the conference:

  1. In the philosophical approach, we shall link questions about the concept of infinity to other parts of the philosophical discourse, such as ontology and epistemology and other important aspects of philosophy of mathematics. Which types of infinity exist? What does it mean to make such a statement? How do we reason about infinite entities? How do the mathematical developments shed light on the philosophical issues and how do the philosophical issues influence the mathematical developments?
  2. Various empirical sciences deal with the way we as finite human beings access mathematical objects or concepts. Research from mathematics education, sociology of mathematics and cognitive science is highly relevant here. How do we represent infinite objects by finite means? How are infinite objects represented in the human mind? How much is our interaction with infinite concepts formed by the research community? How do we teach the manipulation of infinite objects or processes?
  3. Infinity was an important concept in philosophy and theology from the ancient Greeks through the middle ages into the modern period. How did the concepts of infinity evolve? How did questions get sharpened and certain aspects got distinguished in the philosophical debate? Did important aspects get lost along the way?

Scientific Committee. Brendan Larvor (Hatfield, U.K.), Benedikt Löwe (chair; Amsterdam, The Netherlands & Hamburg, Germany), Peter Koellner (Cambridge MA, U.S.A.), Dirk Schlimm (Montréal, Canada).

Contact: bloewe@science.uva.nl

SEMPRE Conference: Music and Empathy

Quote

Title: SEMPRE Conference: Music and Empathy
Location: Hull, UK
Link out: Click here
Date: 2013-11-09

This one-day SEMPRE conference hosted by the University of Hull will include invited presentations, a specialist workshop and selected submissions from researchers on the theme of music and empathy. In recent years there has been a growing interest in empathy in the fields of a variety of contexts, including education and development, emotion, expressiveness, and performance. This conference seeks to draw together current research from a range of areas, and to encourage and stimulate discussion on research in music and empathy.

Contact: : C.E.Waddington@2011.hull.ac.uk

Tracking the Creative Process in Music

Quote

Title: Tracking the Creative Process in Music
Location: Montreal, Canada
Link out: Click here
Start Date: 2013-10-10
End Date: 2013-10-12

TRACKING THE CREATIVE PROCESS IN MUSIC
International Conference – 2nd edition

10-12 October 2013
Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique

Faculty of Music, Université de Montréal

Languages : French/English

INTRODUCTION

This conference, whose first edition was organized by Nicolas Donin and Vincent Tiffon in Lille (France) in 2011, brings together researchers interested in artistic creativity and the study of processes of musical and sound creation of the past and present. Researchers working on this cluster of problems from a wide variety of specialities (history, music analysis, genetic criticism, psychology, cognitive sciences, sociology, ethnomusicology, anthropology, etc.) are invited to assess the different methodologies developed in last thirty years in their respective areas in an interdisciplinary perspective. Each approach contributes in its own way to the advancement of our understanding of the procedures, techniques, knowledge and know-how employed by musicians involved in creative projects.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Nicolas Donin
Michel Duchesneau
Jonathan Goldman
Catherine Guastavino
Caroline Traube

ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS

OICRM: Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique.

IRCAM: Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (Paris), Analysis of Musical Practices Research team.

With the collaboration of the Faculty of Music, Université de Montréal, the CIRMMT (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology) and the Schulich School of Music, McGill University.

The conference is under the patronage of ESCOM (European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music).

WEBSITE

A dedicated conference website in online at: http://tcpm2013.oicrm.org/

Website of the previous Conference: http://tcpm2011.meshs.fr/

Progress in Motor Control IX

Quote

Title: Progress in Motor Control IX
Location: Montreal, Canada
Link out: Click here
Start Date: 2013-07-13
End Date: 2013-07-16

Important Dates:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: February 14, 2013
  • Early Registration Deadline:  May 1st, 2013

Overview:

The three-day meeting brings together experts in diverse areas of Motor Control including the performing arts, such as dance, circus arts and music. There will be two scientific plenary sessions per day addressing the following areas:

  • Cortical and spinal mechanisms of motor control
  • Variability and redundancy in motor control
  • Equilibrium-point control and perception-action coupling
  • Motor control of speech and language
  • Motor control and recovery from injury
  • Motor control and the performing arts

Contact: pmcix2013@gmail.com

Language Sciences in the 21st Century: The interdisciplinary challenge

Quote

Title: Language Sciences in the 21st Century: The interdisciplinary challenge
Location: Cambridge, UK
Link out: Click here
Start Date: 2013-10-03
End Date: 2013-10-04

Cambridge Language Sciences is hosting a major conference, Language Sciences in the 21st century: The interdisciplinary challenge, at West Road on 3-4 October 2013. The aim is to bring together an international group of researchers, whose work crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries, in order to explore key issues in language sciences. We hope the conference will be both a venue for the presentation of important new work and also a platform for Cambridge’s growing profile in this area.

The conference will include invited speakers, symposia, presented papers and posters. The four thematic strands will be:

Philosophy of language meets computational linguistics

Diversity and universals

Beyond our primate inheritance: Neurobiological and evolutionary approaches to language

Interdisciplinary perspectives on multilingualism

The first step in putting together the programme will be to gain an idea of the range of contributions which could come from Cambridge, how they may fit within the conference strands, and how they represent the emergence of broader approaches and themes. We are not, at present, inviting submitted papers. Expressions of interest based on cooperative or collaborative research are particularly welcome.

If you are a Cambridge researcher interested in the possibility of presenting your work at the conference, please contact Jane Walsh in the first instance by the end of January 2013 (jaw75@cam.ac.uk) indicating which theme or themes you feel your research might relate to, providing a brief description of your work and also an indication of how it meets the “interdisciplinary challenge”.