Open Data in Music and Science

We have all heard about the replication crisis in psychology. It is not that the research ideas or methods themselves are flakey but selective analysis and reporting as well as insufficient details are making the past findings difficult to replicate (see also the discussion at the end of one of the rare replication studies in … Continue reading Open Data in Music and Science

Inside a String Quartet

Researchers at the Music and Science Lab have enjoyed a unique collaboration with BBC Radio 3 and musicians from the Royal Northern Sinfonia.  The BBC’s Free Thinking festival, broadcast live from the Sage Gateshead, features the fruits of this collaboration, as we discuss analysis of the performances of two string quartet movements by Sophie Appleton … Continue reading Inside a String Quartet

Music and Science Symposium: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

  Recently, the music and science team at Durham University were all extremely fortunate to have some fantastic visitors. At the Institute of Advanced Study here at Durham, Professor Bill Thompson (Macquarie University, Australia) spent some time as a research fellow, and gave numerous fascinating and engaging talks; and as if that was not enough, … Continue reading Music and Science Symposium: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

ESCOM Conference 2017

In this blog post we present a few of the highlights of the 2017 European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM) conference, written from two perspectives, by Scott Bannister (PhD student) and Kelly Jakubowski (Postdoc). Scott’s perspective: Over the past few weeks, the field of music and science has been busy, with two … Continue reading ESCOM Conference 2017

Mind the Discipline Gap

The Interpersonal Entrainment in Music Performance (IEMP) project is an international collaboration between researchers who share a common interest in how musicians play in time together and how aspects of musical timing/coordination vary cross culturally. As the project involves around 20 researchers from various disciplines including ethnomusicology, music psychology, and computer science, it is not … Continue reading Mind the Discipline Gap

Music, visual imagery, and emotions

We have plenty of parallels between the visual and auditory domains. Just think of how the word "brightness" is used to describe not only colours but also sounds. Music can also go "up" and it can give rise to elaborate visual narratives. Some applications draw direct parallels with visual information and how to play the … Continue reading Music, visual imagery, and emotions

Now That’s What I Call Chills! A Growing Playlist for ‘Chills Music’

There is a wonderful variety of experiences that any one person can have with music. Perhaps you have been compelled to head bang to Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’, or to show off your flawless funk to Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’. Or, if you’re like me, you have at one point played (perfectly) the ‘air piano’ whilst … Continue reading Now That’s What I Call Chills! A Growing Playlist for ‘Chills Music’