January 2014 - News!

Conferences, Symposiums, Workshops     view all upcoming

  • ICMPC Seoul, August 4 - 8, 2014, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2014 See website

  • 9th Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology

Technology is the theme of CIM14, which will be held from 04 - 06 December 2014 at Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung (National Institute for Music Research), in Berlin, Germany.

Technology is omnipresent in our lives and it plays an important role in contemporary social development, particularly in the so-called Westernised world. The role of technology in our daily life is even more so remarkable with the increasing ubiquity of technology, especially computing technology, in various activities of our contemporary society, music being a notable example. Yet, there is no single universally accepted definition of "technology".

CIM14 will be aimed at all discourses on the interplay between technology and music, including collaborations between sciences and humanities, interactions between academic research and musical practice, and interdisciplinary combinations that are innovative, unusual, and creative. Abstract submission deadline: August 5, 2014. For further details please click here

  • Open Repositories 2014 Call for Proposals

    As the year turns it's time to look forward to the Ninth International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2014 (#or2014). The conference will take place June 9-13 in Helsinki, Finland hosted by University of Helsinki's twin libraries: Helsinki University Library and the National Library of Finland.
    The theme this year is "Towards Repository Ecosystems" emphasizing the interconnected nature of repositories, institutions, technologies, data and the people who make it all work together. There are several different formats (see below) provided to encourage your participation in this year's conference. Review the call for proposals here and submit your proposal here. Deadline for proposals is February 3, 2014

  • Mapping Culture: Communities, Sites and Stories

    International Conference on "Mapping Culture: Communities, Sites and Stories," May 28-30, 2014 in Coimbra, Portugal, organized by Nancy Duxbury, PhD, Senior Researcher, Co-coordinator, Cities, Culture, and Architecture Research Group, Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES) | Centre for Social Studies, State Associate Laboratory, University of Coimbra, duxbury@ces.uc.pt. Deadline for Proposals: 14 February 2014 [MappingCulture2014_CFP.pdf



  • New paper by AIRS collaborators Psyche Loui and Gottfried Schlaug, Department of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, USA

"Effects of voice on emotional arousal." Frontiers in Psychology, 1 OCT 2013, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00675. Authors: Psyche Loui, Justin P. Bachorik, H. Charles Li, & Gottfried Schlaug

December 2013 - News!

Conferences, Symposiums, Workshops     view all upcoming

  • Sciences and Voice Workshop" [Atelier Sciences et Voix]  (ASV), December 4, GIPSA-Lab - Saint-Martin-d'Hères, France. Workshop organized by the team AIRS collaborator Nathalie Henrich. See website



  • Dr. Karen Ludke joins AIRS as a postdoctoral fellow

Working with Tom Germaine on the AIRS Digital Library, along with the AIRS Digital Library Team,  Dr. Karen Ludke has taken a postdoctoral position for the year at UPEI.  Karen has recently been supporting the European Music Portfolio - A Creative Way into Languages collaboration, funded by the European Commission, at the University of Edinburgh under the direction of Dr. Katie Overy.  Prior to this, Karen completed her doctoral thesis at Edinburgh showing experimentally that singing based training as compared to equivalent oral training significantly increased learning of material in a new language. Some of the results of one study in her thesis have been reported in Memory and Cognition (http://link.springer.com/article/10.3758%2Fs13421-013-0342-5). Karen will be working with Tom in the development of protocols for data ingestion, and once prototypes exist, the plan is to offer training sessions for graduate students and  to build the digital library in each of the sub-themes of AIRS, building on earlier versions of 2.0 that had been led by Nyssim Lefford.  Welcome  to AIRS Karen!


New paper by AIRS collaborator Laurel Trainor,  Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University, Canada

Children learn the structure of the music of their culture similarly to how they learn the language to which they are exposed in their daily environment. Furthermore, as with language, children acquire this musical knowledge without formal instruction. Two critical aspects of musical pitch structure in Western tonal music are key membership (understanding which notes belong in a key and which do not) and harmony (understanding which notes combine to form chords and which notes and chords tend to follow others). The early developmental trajectory of the acquisition of this knowledge remains unclear, in part because of the difficulty of testing young children. In two experiments, we investigated 4- and 5-year-olds' enculturation to Western musical pitch using a novel age-appropriate and engaging behavioral task (Experiment 1) and electroencephalography (EEG; Experiment 2). In Experiment 1 we found behavioral evidence that 5-year-olds were sensitive to key membership but not to harmony, and no evidence that 4-year-olds were sensitive to either. However, in Experiment 2 we found neurophysiological evidence that 4-year-olds were sensitive to both key membership and harmony. Our results suggest that musical enculturation has a long developmental trajectory, and that children may have some knowledge of key membership and harmony before that knowledge can be expressed through explicit behavioral judgments


Sandra Trehub and her team discover sensitivities of infants and adults to cross-modal signatures in singing and speech with a novel research paradigm. Sandra is a key contribution to the sub-theme 1.2, and is the sub-theme co-leader with Frank Russo. She works in the Music Development Laboratory, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, ON, Canada



Other News

  • Interstitial Lung Disease singing group in Edmonton moves ahead

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