Videos of invited speakers are available on our videos page

Day 1: July 7th (Monday)

7:30 Registration & Coffee
8:30 Welcoming Address: Julie Cumming, Associate Dean (Research and Administration), Schulich School of Music, McGill University
8:35 Opening Introduction: Lola Cuddy, Queen's University

8:45 Opening Keynote

"Listening, imagining, and performing: A life cycle of musical thought"

Caroline Palmer, McGill University

9:25 Session in honor of Albert Bregman


Stephen McAdams, McGill University (chair)

"Auditory scene analysis: From sounds to meaning"

Claude Alain, Rotman Research Institute and University of Toronto

"Computational auditory scene analysis"

Dan Ellis, Columbia University

"The hedonics of auditory scene analysis"

David Huron, Ohio State University

"Progress in understanding auditory scene analysis"

Albert Bregman, McGill University (discussant)

12:20 Lunch

13:45 Musical Interlude 1: Jazz

Mike Bjella (saxophone), Andrew Boudreau (piano), Ben Dwyer (bass), Mark Nelson (drums)

Thelonious Monk (1917-1982) Four in One (1951), 7'

Andrew Hill (1931-2007) Subterfuge (1964), 7'

Keith Jarrett (b. 1945) Prism (1979), 7'

Don Thompson (b. 1940) You are the Song (2005), 7'

14:20 Session in honor of Carol Lynne Krumhansl


David Temperley, University of Rochester (chair)

"Tonality and the choreography of expectation: A performer's perspective"

Elaine Chew, Queen Mary, University of London

"Concepts and representations of musical hierarchies"

Fred Lerdahl, Columbia University

"A psycho-historical perspective on tonality"

William Forde Thompson, Macquarie University

"Reflections on musical tension"

Carol Lynne Krumhansl, Cornell University (discussant)

17:15 Musical Interlude 2: Baroque music

Joshua Colucci (baroque violin), David Henkelman (harpsichord)

Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741) Sonata in G minor for violin and figured bass, RV 757 (1726-1727), 12’

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583 - 1643) “Toccata sesta” from Toccate e partite d'intavolatura, Libro primo (1615), 5’

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750) Sonata in C minor for violin and figured bass, BWV 1024 (n.d.), 14’

17:45 Reception

Mike Bjella (saxophone), Andrew Boudreau (piano), Ben Dwyer (bass)

Day 2: July 8th (Tuesday)

8:00 Coffee

8:30 Session in honor of Eugene Narmour


Alexander Rozin, West Chester University of Pennsylvania (chair)

"Categories of melody, categories of rhythm: Some lessons from Narmour"

Justin London, Carleton College

"On the nature, effects, and origins of bottom-up principles of melodic expectation"

Frank A. Russo, Ryerson University

"Pitch height, parametric scales, and cross-domain mappings"

Zohar Eitan, Tel Aviv University

"Extensions and revisions of the Implication-Realization model: Toward an omnibus theory of analogical structures from perception to social psychology"

Eugene Narmour, University of Pennsylvania (discussant)

11:25 Musical Interlude 3: Contemporary music

Jaqueline Leclair (cor anglais/oboe), Suzu Enns (clarinet/bass clarinet)

Oliver Knussen (b. 1952) Elegiac Arabesques for cor anglais and clarinet, Op. 26a (1991), 4’

Neil Saunders (1918-1995) Incantations for solo oboe (1982), 12’

I. Moderato, II. Quarter note = 60, III. Poco lento, cantabile, IV. Con urgenza

Wayne Siegel (b. 1953) Jackdaw for bass clarinet and tape (1995, revised 2000), 10’

11:55 Lunch

13:25 Closing Keynote

"Three modern classics in music perception and cognition"

Robert Gjerdingen, Northwestern University

14:05 Musical Interlude 4: Romantic music

Marina Thibeault (viola), Michel-Alexandre Broekaert (piano)

Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Märchenbilder, Op. 113 (1851), 15’

I. Nicht schnell, II. Lebhaft, III. Rasch, IV. Langsam, mit melancholischem Ausdruck

Mathieu Lussier (b. 1973) Nuit Blanche (2013), 5’

George Enescu (1881-1955) Pièce de Concert (1906), 9’

14:35 Posters & Coffee

BKN25 Posters

"Low-skip bias: The distribution of skips across the pitch ranges of vocal and instrumental melodies is vocally constrained."

Paolo Ammirante & Frank A. Russo, Ryerson University

"Blend and segregation of pairs of concurrent instrument timbres."

Song Hui Chon, Ohio State University

"Form, transformation, and the implication-realization model: A case study of the This Land complex."

Alfred W. Cramer, Pomona College

"Passive learning of statistical regularities of a music system."

Anja-Xiaoxing Cui & Lola L. Cuddy, Queen’s University

"Applying the work of Bregman, Krumhansl, and Narmour to the study of melodic vocal intonation."

Johanna C. Devaney, Ohio State University

"Soundmass and auditory streaming: A perceptual study of Ligeti’s Continuum."

Chelsea Douglas, Jason Noble & Stephen McAdams, McGill University

"Criteria for an auditory analysis of textures based in Dr. A. Bregman's auditory streams concept."

Jorge Falcón, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná

"Interkey distances also shorten subjective time estimations in real modulating tonal music."

Érico Artioli Firmino & José Lino Oliveira Bueno, University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto

"Investigation of the influence of harmony on the perception of emotion."

Olivier Gagnon, Université de Montréal

"The laboratory vs. everyday listening: An analysis of auditory stimuli."

Jessica Gillard & Michael Schutz, McMaster University

"Segregation of beats in noisy acoustic music."

David Grunberg, Drexel University

"Spiking the expectancy profiles: Modeling short- and long-term statistical learning of music as a process of predictive entropy reduction."

Niels Chr. Hansen1,2, Psyche Loui3, Peter Vuust1,2 & Marcus Pearce4

1Aarhus University, 2Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, 3Wesleyan University,

4Queen Mary, University of London

"A low pitch superiority effect in temporal encoding: Explaining why lower-pitched instruments lay down musical rhythms."

Michael J. Hove1,2, Céline Marie1, Ian Bruce1 & Laurel J. Trainor1,3

1McMaster University, 2Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital,

3Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Hospital

"Tonal hierarchies and performance experience modulate neural responses to expectancy violations in melodies: Evidence from event-related potentials."

Brian Mathias1, Barbara Tillmann2 & Caroline Palmer1

1McGill University, 2University Lyon

"Normative musicology."

David Rector & Michael Casey, Dartmouth College

"Cross¬-modality scene analysis research using animated ASA demonstrations."

Joseph Plazak & Bruno deHarak, Illinois Wesleyan University

"The influence of tonality on sight-reading accuracy."

Olivia M. Podolak & Mark A. Schmuckler, University of Toronto Scarborough

"Pitch hierarchies in Zulu song: Melody as a complex adaptive system."

Thomas M. Pooley, University of South Africa

"Perceiving tonality in south Indian classical melodies by Indian and Western musicians and nonmusicians."

Rachna Raman & W. Jay Dowling, University of Texas at Dallas

"tDCS investigations of the neural basis of improvisational cognition: A brain stimulation study."

David S. Rosen, Drexel University

"Kinesthetic memory adaptation in flute players."

Andrea Savord, Erik Wisuri, Peter Pless & Mounia Ziat, Northern Michigan University

"Multi-channel audio clustering based on dynamic timbre evolution."

Jeffrey Scott & Youngmoo E. Kim, Drexel University

"The effect of harmonic context on pitch class change detection."

Anka Slana1,2, Bruno Gingras2, Grega Repovš1 & W. Tecumseh Fitch2

1University of Ljubljana, 2University of Vienna

"Effects of repetition on melodic stream hierarchization."

Cecilia Taher, René Rusch & Stephen McAdams, McGill University

"Auditory salience modeling via streaming: A behavioural view."

Francesco Tordini & Jeremy R. Cooperstock, McGill University

"On the origin of streaming: Temporal coherence and fission as embodied cognition."

Leon van Noorden, Universiteit Gent

"Tonal ambiguity between relative keys."

Joseph VanderStel, Eastman School of Music

"A cognitively derived measure of melodic similarity."

Naresh N. Vempala & Frank A. Russo, Ryerson University

"Extention of implication-realization model for subjectivity melodic similarity."

Sakurako Yazawa & Masatoshi Hamanaka, University of Tsukuba


Albert Bregman

Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, McGill University
Auditory Scene Analysis: The Perceptual Organization of Sound

Read More

Carol Lynne Krumhansl

Professor, Department of Psychology, Cornell University
The Cognitive Foundations of Musical Pitch

Read More

Eugene Narmour

Professor Emeritus, Department of Music, University of Pennsylvania
The Analysis and Cognition of Basic Melodic Structures

Read More