Using Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier to explore cues used to convey emotion

Toronto, Ontario

BachExcited by developments in tuning during his lifetime, Johann Sebastian Bach wrote The Well Tempered Clavier in 1722 to explore the then-novel possibility of using all 24 major and minor keys.  Widely recognized as a landmark composition, it has captured the hearts and minds of pianists, harpsichordists, and audiences for generations.  From a music cognition perspective, it offers an ideal corpus for exploring the complex relationship between pitch height, modality, and timing – three cues known to be salient in the communication of emotion.  Dr. Schutz will discuss new insights on the communication of emotion in music taken from this landmark composition as part of the Brain, Perception & Cognition group series of talks at Ryerson University (starting at 2:30 in room 943 Jorgensen Hall).

Fiona Manning discusses her research on movement and predictive timing on the Colloquium Series

Fiona_ManningWe move to the beat all the time by tapping our fingers, clapping our hands, and even dancing. Fiona Manning is currently researching whether this movement improves our timing abilities. The PNB Department invited her to share her vast knowledge as part of the the PNB Colloquium series—talks typically reserved for faculty members.

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Talk for the Ebbinghaus Empire Series at UofT

Toronto, Ontario

uoftlogo Dr. Schutz gave a talk for the Ebbinghaus Empire Series at the University of Toronto titled “Dynamic sounds and perceptual processes: The surprising role of amplitude envelope in auditory perception.”  In his talk, he reviewed the MAPLE Lab’s growing body of work on amplitude envelope (the shape of a sound over time) and its often overlooked importance in the process of audio-visual integration.  An archived video of the presentation can be viewed below.  For more information on these topics, please visit our pages on amplitude envelope and audio-visual integration.

New insights on experts’ rhythm perception to be presented at PASIC in 2015

San Antonio, Texas

pasic15logoThrough a partnership with the Scholarly Research Committee, we ran testing stations at PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention) in 2013 and 2014 as part of a large-scale project exploring the effects of musical training on music perception.  Across these years, lab members tested  over 150 percussionists, and engaged in an outreach effort to explain the relevance of lab projects for performing musicians, educators, composers, and scholars alike.

We presented some of the preliminary results of these tests at PASIC 2015 to share our insights with the PAS community – many of whom ran in our previous experiments.  Through this process we have gained a better understanding of the complex relationship between movement, training, and perception, and we were pleased to share these insights with a musical community well positioned to make practical use of them.  The talk took place at 2pm on Thur, Nov 11th in room 217.  Click here to read the Percussive Notes “preview article”.

Dr. Schutz discusses statistical analysis approaches at the Society for Music Theory Meeting

St. Louis, Missouri

Dr. Schutz spoke on a panel at the Empirical Research for Music Theorists workshop, part of the 2015 Society for Music Theory meeting. This included presentations/facilitations by Dr. Leigh Van Handel (Michigan State University), Dr. Daniel Shanahan (Lousiana State University) and Dr. Joshua Albrecht (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor).  Aimed to promote new interdisciplinary research approaches, this event was part of our ongoing effort to demonstrate the value of music cognition for enhancing traditional approaches to music research and pedagogy.  The workshop was held in St. Louis, Missouri Oct 29th-Nov 1st.


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Dr. Leigh VanHandel, Michigan State University

Dr. Leigh VanHandel

Dr. Dan Shanahan Lousiana State University

Dr. Dan Shanahan

Dr. Josh Albrecht University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Dr. Josh Albrecht

Talks for Graduate student colloquium series (Faculty of Music) and Brain Mind Institute at Western University

London, Ontario

WesternDr. Schutz gave two talks at Western University – the first was as the inaugural speaker on the 2015-16 Graduate Colloquium series titled Moving to Hear: How Musical Training and Movement Affect Our Perception of Rhythm.  This survey reviewed a series of recent experiments exploring the complex relationship between musical training, types of body movement (finger vs. stick), and rhythm perception.  Click here for an overview of this project.

A second talk for the Brain Mind Institute focused on the surprising role of amplitude envelope in auditory perception.  This covered a series of lab experiments on the important role of this under-studied property including audio-visual integration, duration perception, and multi-modal associations.  Additionally, it contained a summary of the lab’s ongoing “survey of sounds” project exploring the types of sounds used in auditory research.  For more information about amplitude envelope, see here.

Quirks Question Roadshow features Dr. Schutz discussing why major scales sound “right”

Perimeter Institute (Waterloo, Ontario)

CBC’s Bob McDonald talks with researchers to answer questions from the show’s listeners.  The taping took place at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario on June 4th, and air on  June 6th.

Popular with audiences since 1975, Quirks & Quarks is an award-winning Canadian weekly news program, attracting over 500,000 listeners for its Saturday broadcasts.  For more information visit the Quirks Question Roadshow page.

Listen to the full episode here.

Fiona gives invited seminar talk at Waterloo’s Department of Kinesiology

Waterloo, Ontario

Kinesiology WaterlooFiona Manning presented a talk at the University of Waterloo Department of Kinesiology seminar series in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. This talk overviewed sensorimotor integration in rhythm perception, outlining Fiona’s work on enhanced perceptual benefits that are associated with synchronizing movement with external auditory stimuli.

MAPLE Lab research featured on Rita Celli’s popular Ontario Today program

During the 40 minute segment, Dr. Schutz discussed some of his music cognition research, played Bach’s Prelude in C minor from the Well Tempered Clavier, and answered questions from callers about music and the mind. You can listen to the program using the player below, or download it for off-line listening by “right clicking” the mouse on this link and choosing “save target as”.