We hold these MSL (short for Music and Science Lab) sessions every two weeks, on Mondays at 1.00 to 2.30 (U.K. time). For the moment these lab meetings are held in Zoom (links delivered by email) but we will return to physical meetings as soon as it is feasible. We support and promote empirical research on music and science and do this via discussions, presentations, readings, getting to know methods, techniques, and research designs and themes and working together to improve the present research. The members represent a diverse range of academic career stages, from faculty members to MA students, PhD students, and postdocs to an occasional undergraduate student.

In our lab meetings, we are supportive, welcoming and inclusive and every participant can contribute equally to the meetings. We typically start with casual, informal updates from each participant, which usually combine the current mood and some positives. We then have a guest speaker or a topic of a discussion lined up (or both) and we also we welcome proposals for short ideas and presentation that benefit from the collective feedback. These can be pre-arranged or proposed on the spot.


Session 1: 11 October @1-2.30

Session 2: 25 October @1-2.30

  • Guest speaker: Sally Street: The role of population size in the cultural evolution of folk tunes
  • Topic: Peer reviewing and responding to peer reviews

Session 3: 8 November @1-2.30

  • Guest speaker: Eamonn Bell: Abraham Moles (1920-1992) and the prehistories of music information retrieval
  • Topic: Book draft feedback

Session 4: 22 November @1-2.30

  • Topic: Online data collection
  • Guest speaker: Mats Küssner and Niklas Meier: Recent work from HAEL lab related to roughness and arousal (Berlin)

Session 5: 6 December @1-2.30

  • Topic: Open How do we capture ideas and work together?
  • Guest speaker: PerMagnus Lindborg: Perception and Design of Spatial Sound: Sound Sources, Crossmodal correspondences, and Sonification