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

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