« Acoustic and Cultural Explanations for Musical Harmony and its Associated Emotions »

Past event

Conférence d'Andrew Milne

27 January 2023
14h 15h30
Salle de conférence - IRMA

Conférence organisée par Victoria CALLET et Moreno ANDREATTA avec le soutien du CREAA dans le cadre du séminaire interdisciplinaire « Maths et musique » du CREAA.

A fundamental uncertainty about musical pitch/harmony and its cognition is the extent to which its structure and the emotions it induces are the result of 1) potentially universal acoustic features and 2) cognitive mechanisms related to cultural learning (familiarity and associative conditioning). In this talk, I will detail a series of music cognition experiments with Western- enculturated participants listening to unfamiliar (microtonal) music, and with participants in a remote cloud forest community in Papua New Guinea who have limited exposure to Western music and harmony. The results indicate that cultural aspects play an important role but there is one acoustic element (roughness) with a possibly universal effect.

Dr. Andrew Milne is a Senior Research Fellow in Music Cognition and Computation, and leader of the Music Science Lab at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Western Sydney University, Australia. His research is at the interface of music, cognitive
science, mathematics, computing, and their implications for education and well-being.

Université de Strasbourg
Université de Haute-Alsace
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