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June 18, 2010

Workshop on Music, Patterns and Mathematics

Posted by Simon Willerton

Some of you might be interested in the following meeting.

This summer, the Institute for Music in Human and Social Development (IMHSD), in collaboration with Queen’s University, Canada and the International Study Centre (ISC) at Herstmonceux Castle, will hold a three-day, interdisciplinary summer workshop on the topic of Music, Pattern and Mathematics.

The aim of the meeting is to bring together scientists, theorists, educators and performers to consider the abstract, physical, structural and numerical relationships between music and mathematics. The meeting will include presentations, discussions, workshops, and musical performances and will be held at the beautiful venue of Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex.

For more details see

http://www.music.ed.ac.uk/Research/imhsd/MusicPatternMaths2010/index.html

The programme will be available soon after all submissions have been reviewed (the submissions deadline is Friday, 25th June).

The meeting will include presentations, workshops, musical performances, and discussions begin Monday afternoon, August 9th and will end on Wednesday afternoon, August 11th. On Tuesday, talks will be held in the morning with an interactive workshop in the afternoon. There will be a musical performance followed by music-making on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday morning there will be talks, followed by lunch and departures.

Confirmed Presenters

  • Dr. Edward Large, Neuroscience, Florida Atlantic University, USA: ‘Musical Neurodynamics: Dynamic Patterns and the Experience of Music’
  • Dr. Margaret Walker, Music, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada: ‘Calculations and Chakradars: Mathematics in Indian Rhythm’
  • Prof. Kevin Jones, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University, England: ‘Music and Mathematics’
  • Prof. Mark Steedman, Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland: ‘Computing Grammar-based Musical Analysis’
  • Chris Greive, Edinburgh, Scotland: Music and Mathematics Education Workshop
  • Prof. Murray Campbell, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, Scotland: ‘The Significance of Harmonic Frequency Ratios in Functioning Wind Instruments’
  • Prof. Peter Nelson, Music, University of Edinburgh, Scotland: ‘Rhythm as Social Counting’
  • Dr. Katie Overy, Music, University of Edinburgh, Scotland: ‘Patterns in Space and Time: Musical and Mathematical Abstraction’
  • Dr. Shelley Katz, Musician in Residence, ISC at Herstmonceux Castle, England: ‘Blending Air-Disturbance Patterns of Reproduced Sound to Emulate the Characteristics of Natural Sound in Superior Acoustic Spaces’
  • Diana Gilchrist-Katz, Musician in Residence, ISC at Herstmonceux Castle, England: Vocal Performance

Scientific Committee

  • Professor Murray Campbell, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr. Katie Overy, Music, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Peter Nelson, Music, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr. Bernd Schroers, Mathematics, Heriot-Watt University
  • Dr. Alan Smaill, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Mark Steedman, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr. Margaret Walker, Music, Queen’s University, Canada

Organising Committee

  • Dr. Katie Overy (chair), Music, University of Edinburgh
  • Karen M. Ludke (secretary), Music, University of Edinburgh
  • Diana Gilchrist-Katz, ISC at Herstmonceux Castle
  • Professor Peter Nelson, Music, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr. Margaret Walker, Music, Queen’s University, Canada
Posted at June 18, 2010 6:21 PM UTC

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Re: Workshop on Music, Patterns and Mathematics

Are you going, Simon? Is Alissa Crans? Is Tom Fiore?

Posted by: John Baez on June 19, 2010 4:26 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Workshop on Music, Patterns and Mathematics

I’m intending to go, yes. I should say that the organizers are keen to encourage the submissions of abstracts –the deadline being this Friday.

Posted by: Simon Willerton on June 21, 2010 11:03 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Workshop on Music, Patterns and Mathematics

By the way, it seems that Honda needs some better music theorists.

Posted by: John Baez on June 20, 2010 4:08 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Workshop on Music, Patterns and Mathematics

Thanks, John. I really needed that :-).

By the way, the excellent music and math seminar at the Centre Pompidou-IRCAM has a useful website:

http://recherche.ircam.fr/equipes/repmus/mamux/

Some of their seminars are available as videos.

If you are in Paris, do check out IRCAM. It is a very lively place, with an interesting mix of people who come to the seminars.

Posted by: Tim Porter on June 22, 2010 12:56 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Workshop on Music, Patterns and Mathematics

I should have checked it out earlier — your advice comes somewhat too late. I spent the last 3 summers in Paris, but starting on July 9th I’ll be an Asian.

Posted by: John Baez on June 22, 2010 8:54 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

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