Research seminars

These seminars are normally held on Wednesdays from 4pm until 5.30pm. The series includes papers by visiting speakers, as well as presentations by University of York staff and current research students.

Recent events

Exploring the perceived impact of collaborative composition and performance on older adults’ wellbeing

Wednesday 4 December 2019

Caroline Waddington-Jones presents her research on the wellbeing benefits of collaborative creation.

Internationalism vs Britishness in Music and Dancing at The Cave of the Golden Calf (London, 1912-14)

Wednesday 27 November 2019

Rachel Cowgill presents her research on the history of London’s ‘first nightclub’: The Cave of the Golden Calf.

Big Girls Cry: Sia, Maddie and the Dancing Face

Friday 22 November 2019

Sherril Dodds presents her research on facial choreography within dance performance.

Automatic identification of high-level music-theoretic concepts

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Tom Collins presents his research on automatic identification of high-level music-theoretic concepts

Staff research meeting

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Members of the department discuss their own research projects in an informal setting

Disruptive innovation in sound design and audio production

Wednesday 30 October 2019

Professor Josh Reiss presents his research on the world of sound perception and its practical implications within audio design.

From ethnographic research to multisensory experience through digital curation

Wednesday 23 October 2019

Professor Insook Choi presents her work connecting research with creative practice and production

The brain that learns to sing and is changed by it

Wednesday 16 October 2019

In this talk, Dr Boris Alexander Kleber will introduce you to the fascinating world of cognitive neuroscience using the example of singing. You will learn about the basic hierarchies in the brain’s vocal control centers, how neuroimaging and neurostimulation methods are used to understand how singing can change your brain, and see novel data on the neural correlates of musical style and musical creativity.

The Role of Singing Accuracy and Imagery Self-Report in Auditory Imagery Tasks

Friday 11 October 2019

This talk examines whether trying to sing a familiar melody helps the poor pitch matcher and the relationship of subvocalization to pitch matching ability. These results can be understood in the context of singing as a particularly interesting sensory-imagery-motor loop.

How do people listen to music in the digital age? Explaining the Audio Repertoires of the German normal population and their change during the advent of music streaming services

Wednesday 9 October 2019

Dr Steffen Lepa presents his research on listening habits of the modern day, exploring the embrace or rejection of streaming technologies.

Loving and Thinking about Music, Mathematics, and Robert Schumann

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Tom McLeish discusses the recent project on creativity in science and its comparison to the creative process within arts, for the book The Poetry and Music of Science (OUP 2019).

Angelo Notari (1566/1573–1663): Spy, Copyist, Composer, Para-Composer and Arranger

Wednesday 29 May 2019

Professor Jo Wainwright examines Notari’s life and compositions.

Intransigent play: exploring Derek Bailey's practice through his practise

Wednesday 15 May 2019

In this seminar I will explore some aspects of the work of improvising guitarist Derek Bailey (1930-2005), drawing on his recorded output and his published writings as well as on unpublished manuscripts from his archive. I will explore Bailey's musical practice by looking at his "practise" in the straightforward sense familiar to all musicians: the material that he practised.

Voice Metamorphosis: How does travelling between languages and practices transform artistic voice?

Wednesday 8 May 2019

Component one of a two-part seminar. Merit Stephanos discusses her work.

Music, Temperament, and Emotion Induction

Wednesday 8 May 2019

Component two of a two-part seminar. Firat Altun discusses the emotional qualities of temperament systems.

Using Data and Machine Learning to Support Human Musical Practices

Wednesday 1 May 2019

It’s 2019, and machine learning seems to suddenly be everywhere: playing Go, driving cars, serving us targeted advertising. Machine learning can compose new folk tunes and synthesise new sounds. What does this mean for those of us who compose or perform new music, or who create new interactions with sound? What does our future hold, besides sitting at home all day listening to algorithmically generated music after robots take our jobs?

Ham-Handed: lecture recital for pianists, live and on screen, and captions

Wednesday 24 April 2019

This lecture recital is growing out of research I began as a Fellow at Cornell University's Society for the Humanities in 2015-16, in which I reflected on my role and possibilities for ethical artistic statement as a ‘Euro-American’ trained primarily in a ‘Western’ art music that has long drawn material from outside of itself in order to perpetuate itself.

Research Seminar. Thor Magnusson: Sonic Writing: Technologies of Material, Symbolic and Signal Inscriptions

Wednesday 13 March 2019

In this lecture Thor will present recent research which explores how contemporary music technologies trace their ancestry to previous forms of instruments and media.

Naomi Norton: The Health and Wellness of Educators

Wednesday 6 March 2019

Dr Naomi Norton discusses the health and wellness of educators.

Research Seminar. Vicky Armstrong: When ‘Good’ Work Turns ‘Bad’: Creative Labour and the Working Lives of Female Classical Musicians

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Dr Victoria Armstrong offers a critical analysis of the working lives of female UK-based classical musicians, ranging in age from mid-twenties to mid-60s, and working as composers, conductors and performers.

Gesture, imagery and meaning in North Indian classical music.

Wednesday 20 February 2019

Dr Laura Leante explores the connection between sound, discourse and gesture in North Indian Classical music.

Research Seminar. John Sloboda: Understanding the concert experience: implications for research and artistic practice

Wednesday 30 January 2019

What do audiences seek from live concert experience, and why do many classical concerts fail to provide this? This presentation will show how a proposed framework has been applied to a range of artist-involved research projects.

Research Seminar. Clare Lesser: Deconstructive Approaches to Vocal Music

Wednesday 23 January 2019

Clare Lesser (University of York PhD Student)

Research Seminar: William Brooks: Past, Pasting, and Paster

Wednesday 16 January 2019

William Brooks will be looking at his work on the music of World War I and talking about his new interest in African-American songwriters between 1880 and 1915.

Research seminar. Dan Wilson: '‘Mangled Music’: (Very) Experimental acoustics at Delawarr Laboratories, Oxford, 1949–1969'

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Daniel R. Wilson (Independent Researcher and Radionics Radio)

Research seminar. Jon Hughes and Stef Conner: 'Hearing Lost Worlds'

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Jon Hughes and Stef Conner

Research seminar. Catherine Laws and others: 'Morton Feldman Art Films'

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Catherine Laws and others (University of York)

Research seminar. Hairul Hasnan: 'Nonlinear mixing'

Wednesday 3 October 2018

Hairul Hasnan (York PhD student)

Research seminar: Dr Holly Rogers 'Holes in the Cinematic Fabric: Listening to Audiovisual Dissonance'

Wednesday 30 May 2018

Dr Holly Rogers (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Research seminar: Neil Luck 'A Musical Appreciation of Richard Foreman'

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Neil Luck (University of York)

Research seminar: Tim Rutherford-Johnson 'Afterness in 21st-century music'

Wednesday 14 February 2018

Tim Rutherford-Johnson (Independent writer and researcher)

Research seminar: Professor Tina K. Ramnarine 'Music, Sugar and the Centenary of the Abolition of Indenture'

Wednesday 31 January 2018

Professor Tina K. Ramnarine (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Research seminar: Professor Atau Tanaka ‘The Body as Musical Instrument’

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Professor Atau Tanaka conducts research in embodied musical interaction. This work takes place at the intersection of human computer interaction and gestural computer music performance. This talk considers the human body as musical instrument.

Research Seminar: Professor Stephen Clift

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Stephen Clift is Professor of Health Education in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, Canterbury Christ Church University, and Research Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health.

Research Seminar: David Beer ‘Social Music: Getting reacquainted with Jarvis Cocker’

Wednesday 8 November 2017

David Beer is a Reader in Sociology at the University of York.

Research seminar: William Lyons ‘Music for the London stage 1560-1640’

Wednesday 1 November 2017

William Lyons specialises in the performance and research of medieval and renaissance music.

Research Seminar: Dr Ann Warde ‘On Growth and Form in Experimental Music Composition and Analysis’

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Straightforward explications of the influence of Thompson’s conceptualizations as far-reaching contributors to a theory of music, and its realization in multiple compositions.

Research seminar: Dr Alinka Greasley

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Alinka Greasley studied as an undergraduate at Aston University and completed a PhD in Psychology of Music at Keele University.

Research seminar: Dr Bill Bruford ‘Give the drummer some: Distributed creativity in popular music performance’

Wednesday 4 October 2017

Dr Bruford discusses the relationship between creativity and popular music instrumental performance. What do instrumentalists do, is there anything creative about it, and, if so, how might such creativity inform practice?

Gawain Glenton (University of Southampton)

Wednesday 14 June 2017

‘Curlicues and whirligigs: Understanding the “flatulent virtuosity” of early modern Italy.’

Dr Kelly Jakubowski (University of Durham)

Wednesday 7 June 2017

‘Why is this song stuck in my head? The contribution of musical features to the ‘earworm’ experience.’

Dr Ruth Davis (University of Cambridge)

Wednesday 31 May 2017

‘Remembering (and Unremembering) the Jewish Past through Popular Song in Tunisia.’

Professor Pam Heaton

Wednesday 24 May 2017

Music Perception in Williams Syndrome and Autism

Times and Spaces

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Jez Wells discusses ways of interacting with impulse response data

Rhythm in the asylum: Priscilla Barclay and the development of Dalcroze Eurhythmics as a form of music therapy’

Wednesday 8 March 2017

For Émile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865-1950), his method of rhythmic gymnastics (known in Anglophone cultures as Dalcroze Eurhythmics) could be summed up on the five digits of the hand: music, movement, the theatre, arts in education and therapy. Priscilla Barclay (1905-1994) was one of many Dalcroze Eurhythmics practitioners whose work encompassed all of these, but focused on the last.

Dr Ruth Davis

Wednesday 1 March 2017

‘Remembering (and Unremembering) the Jewish Past through Popular Song in Tunisia’

Piano and Electronics

Monday 27 February 2017

Megumi is an award-winning pianist who specializes in the performance of Canadian music and new works. She is especially interested in exploring how sound, image, text and movement can be integrated in live multimedia performance and how the creative application of new technologies and approaches can expand how concert music is created, performed and received.

From Theatre to Ritual: A Study of Naphat Melody of the Khong Wong Yai.

Wednesday 22 February 2017

This paper explores a number of aspects of Thai traditional music, in particular, the melodic organisation of the khong wong yai (Thai gong-kettle) and its systematic arrangement of hand techniques and musical expressivity within the ritual naphat wai khru repertoire.

The Corposition of MusAIc: from MIRsic to CritAIcs

Wednesday 15 February 2017

Artificially intelligent musAIcians can gain much from the existence and automatic analysis of large audio file corpora. In this presentation, the general backdrop and trends of such work will be examined, as well as detailing specific compositions based in associated techniques.

Learning to accompany

Wednesday 1 February 2017

This seminar presents the perspectives of student pianists learning to accompany peer instrumentalists at a UK university.

The Auditory Palimpsest

Wednesday 25 January 2017

This seminar will examine how a physical sound recording medium may be intentionally transformed into an auditory palimpsest containing multiple traces of sounds.

Unspeakable Truths: Musical citizenship and transformative justice in South Sudan

Wednesday 18 January 2017

This presentation invites critical scrutiny on the place of music ethnography in current discourses about alternative frameworks for transformative justice in post-conflict and fragile states

Research seminar: ‘Towards a history of pop music in the British home’

Wednesday 30 November 2016

Dr Tom Perchard (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Research seminar: ‘Silent Terrains: Purity and Play in Post-war German Poetry and Music’

Wednesday 23 November 2016

Professor Martin Iddon (University of Leeds)

Research seminar: ‘Serve with Curry and Rice: the Ghoemaisation of Jazz at the Cape.’

Wednesday 16 November 2016

Dr Jonathan Eato (University of York)

Research seminar: ‘Interpretation and Performance Practice in Early Electronic Music’

Wednesday 2 November 2016

Dr Sean Williams (University of Kent)

Research seminar: ‘Varieties of Viols’

Wednesday 12 October 2016

Professor John Bryan (University of Huddersfield)

Research seminar: ‘The Rehearsal’

Wednesday 5 October 2016

Professor William Brooks (University of York)

Research seminar

Wednesday 8 June 2016

Dr Ann Warde (Fulbright Scholar, University of York)

Image, Instrument, and Sound: Music Archaeology in Ancient China

Monday 6 June 2016

Professor Jianjun Fang (Vice-President, Tianjin Conservatory of Music)

Research seminar

Wednesday 1 June 2016

Dr Zeynep Bulut (King’s College London)

Research seminar

Wednesday 25 May 2016

Professor John Bryan (University of Huddersfield)

Research seminar

Wednesday 18 May 2016

Dr Andy Fry (King’s College London)

Research seminar

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Dr Helena Daffern (University of York)

Research seminar

Wednesday 27 April 2016

Nguyen Thanh Thuy (Malmö Academy of Music)

Research seminar

Wednesday 20 April 2016

Dr Lindelwa Dalamba (Wits University, Johannesburg)

Research seminar

Wednesday 13 April 2016

Prof Trevor Pinch (Cornell University)

Research seminar

Wednesday 9 March 2016

Paul Elvers (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics)

Research seminar

Wednesday 2 March 2016

Professor John Irving (Trinity Laban Conservatoire)

Research seminar

Wednesday 24 February 2016

Dr Sam Aaron (University of Cambridge)

Research seminar

Wednesday 17 February 2016

Oliver Larkin (University of York)

Research seminar

Wednesday 3 February 2016

Dr Jonathan Eato (University of York)

Research seminar

Wednesday 27 January 2016

Richard Elliott (University of Sussex)

Research seminar

Wednesday 20 January 2016

Dr Hauke Egermann (University of York)

Research seminar

Wednesday 13 January 2016

Dr Ann Warde (Fulbright Scholar, University of York)

Research Seminar

Wednesday 25 November 2015

Dr Catherine Laws (University of York)

Research Seminar

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Mary Emmett (PhD candidate, University of York)

Research Seminar

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Professor John Butt (University of Glasgow)

Research Seminar

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Professor Stephanus Muller (University of Stellenbosch)

Research Seminar

Wednesday 21 October 2015

Dr Katarina Karlsson (University of Gothenburg)

Research Seminar

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Professor Williams Brooks (University of York)

Research Seminar

Wednesday 7 October 2015

Dr Jonathan Eato