Last week I attended the 15th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC) / 10th triennial conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Science of Music (ESCOM) in Graz (Austria). This year the conference is distributed across hubs in different continents, since “a semi-virtual multiple-location conference makes it easier for people from less financially privileged countries to participate actively and equally by locating hubs in their countries or regions, reducing their registration, travel and accommodation costs“. You can read more about the impact of the hub-based conference here.
The best thing about this conference is that it is very multidisciplinary: people come from fields such as music psychology, music theory, musicology, music information retrieval, or neuroscience. There were short talks (around 10 minutes), long talks (around 20 minutes), workshops (around 1 hour), and poster sessions (with their associated poster speed presentations). In this blog post, I want to mention ( only presenter & title!) some of the talks I attended (though there were many many more!), for you to have an idea of which topics are covered in the conference.
Andreu Vall. The importance of song context and song order in automated music playlist generation.
Olivier Lartillot. Computational model of pitch detection, perceptive foundations, and application to Norwegian fiddle music.
Emotion and Computing
Elke B. Lange. Challenges and opportunities of prediction musical emotions with perceptual and automatized features.
Will M. Randall. Emotional outcomes of personal music listening: experience sampling with the MuPsych app.
Anna Aljanaki. Extracting majorness as a perceptual property of music.
Feedback and regulation
Margarida Baltazar. Is it me or the music? An experimental study on the contribution of regulatory strategies and music to stress reduction.
Jacob Berglin. The effect of feedback on singing accuracy.
Emotion (hot topic!)
Niels Chr. Hansen. Orchestrated sadness: When instrumentation conveys emotion.
Thomas Magnus Lennie. Universality in the language of emotions revisited: Towards a revised methodology for interpreting acoustic cues in musical affect.
Katie Rose Sanfilippo. Perceptions in pregnancy: An investigation of women’s perceptions of emotional vocalizations and musical excerpts during the perinatal period.
Diana Kayser. Are musical aesthetic emotions embodied?.
Anna Czepiel. Importance of felt mood and emotion for expressive movement characteristics in pianists.
Hye-yoon Chung. Musical expressivity: An approach from simulation theory of mindreading.
Martin Herzog. How do musical means of expression affect the perception of musical meaning?.
Caitlyn Marie Trevor. The expressive role of string register: An ethnological examination of fingering choices in classical string instrument playing.
Thijs Vroegh. Absorption and self-monitoring as experiential predictors for the aesthetic appreciation of music: A correlational study.
Manuel Anglada-Tort. Consider the de source: The effects of source bias on professional assessment of music quality and worth.
Iris Mencke. Aesthetic experience and musical pleasure in contemporary classical music – an interview study.
Peter M.C. Harrison. Dissociating sensory and cognitive theories of harmony perception through computational modeling.
Arvid Ong. The perceptual similarity of tone clusters: An experimental approach to the listening of avant-garde music.
Sara D’Amario. Synchronization in singing ensembles: Do performed asynchronies bear a relationship to the synchrony that listeners with a variety of levels of musical experience can perceive?.
Manuel Alejandro Ordás. Expressive timing in choir: An interactive study between choristers and conductor.
and many more!
On Friday 27th of July I presented our poster:
Cuesta H., Gómez, E., Martorell, A., Loáiciga, F. Analysis of Intonation in Unison Choir Singing.
Here’s the header of the poster, and the paper and details are here:
In the poster session, I talked to participants with very diverse backgrounds and expertise, and all of them had very interesting and insightful comments about our research, that we will use for our further studies.