Gerhard Widmer occupies a peculiar place within computer science research. His focus of study is computational perception, a relatively unknown subfield located at the intersection of psychology, neuroscience, and machine learning. Generally, it questions the advance of computing in the absence of a deeper knowledge of how the human brain perceives the world to be […]
Common idioms such as “seeing is believing” give our eyes the central role in our engagement with the world. But there is little doubt that listening plays a critical part in how we navigate and understand our environment. Historically, our ears, not eyes, revealed what lay beyond the light of the campfire. And importantly, our […]
The very first cry of neonates is marked by their maternal language. This seems to be especially apparent in tonal languages, where pitch and pitch fluctuation determine the meaning of words. Chinese and German scientists under leadership of the University of Würzburg have demonstrated this phenomenon for the first time by with newborn babies from […]
These animations show how the cortex is activated during listening to a piece of Argentinian tango. It is based on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data, computational musical feature extraction and statistical modeling. The data are from the study published in Alluri V, Toiviainen P, Jääskeläinen IP, Glerean E, Sams M & Brattico E, Large-scale […]
Vera, B., & Chew, E. (2013). Evidence of Metrical Information Encoding within Sustained Notes as Coordination Strategy in a Violin-Cello Duet. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval. Marseille, France: Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London. Read the original paper.
Gillard, J., & Schutz, M. (2013). The importance of amplitude envelope: Surveying the temporal structure of sounds in perceptual research . In In Proceedings of the Sound and Music Computing Conference (pp. 62-68). Berlin, Germany: Logos Verlag. Read the original paper.
Bhatara, A. K., Quintin, E. M., Fombonne, E., & Levitin, D. J. (2013). Early sensitivity to sound and musical preferences and enjoyment in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders . Psychomusicology: Music, Mind & Brain, 23(2), 100-108. doi:10.1037/a0033754 Read the original paper.