Fabian C. Moss

Fabian C. Moss

Digital Music Philology and Music Theory

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg


I am an assistant professor for Digital Music Philology and Music Theory at Julius-Maximilians University Würzburg (JMU), Germany. In my research, I try to bridge conceptual and methodological approaches from the humanities and the sciences, and to understand music and its structure from an inherently interdisciplinary perspective. To that end, I draw on a broad range of methods and concepts from areas such as musicology and music theory, mathematics, music information retrieval, data Science and machine learning, music psychology and cognition, and the digital humanities.

One of my central interests lies in analysing large digital corpora in order to better understand musical styles, especially from a historical viewpoint. More specifically, I work with large symbolic datasets of musical scores and harmonic annotations. I am also interested in computational modeling of music and its perception, and am fascinated by quantitative approaches to model historical processes. I teach courses covering a wide range of topics in music theory, computational musicology, and digital tools.

Before my appointment to JMU, I have worked as a Research Fellow in Cultural Analytics at University of Amsterdam (Media Studies Department & Data Science Centre), and before that as doctoral and postdoctoral researcher at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne’s Digital and Cognitive Musicology Lab.

Research Interests

Computational Musicology · Corpus Studies and Stylometry · Music Theory and Analysis · Digital Humanities · Cultural Evolution



Journal Articles, Conference Papers, Datasets

Towards a Unified Model of Chords in Western Harmony

Recent talks

Music Stylometry - the Case of Choro
Learning about Machine Learning with CRIM
Der harmonische Dualismus und seine Entwicklung zum 'Streit- und Angelpunkt der Musiktheorie' - eine Diskursanalyse

Academic experience

[Institut für Musikforschung](http://musikwissenschaft.uni-wuerzburg.de/) | [Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg](https://www.uni-wuerzburg.de/)
Assistant Professor for Digital Music Philology and Music Theory
Dec 2022 – Present Würzburg, Germany
Media Studies Department | [ILLC]([www.illc.com](https://www.illc.uva.nl/)) | [Data Science Centre](https://dsc.uva.nl/) | [Universeit van Amsterdam](https://uva.nl/)
Research Fellow in Cultural Analytics
Media Studies Department | ILLC | Data Science Centre | Universeit van Amsterdam
Jan 2022 – Nov 2022 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Digital and Cognitive Musicology Lab | École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Postdoctoral Researcher
Feb 2020 – Dec 2021 Lausanne, Switzerland
Digital and Cognitive Musicology Lab | École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Doctoral Assistant
Sep 2017 – Feb 2020 Lausanne, Switzerland
Department of Linguistics and Philosophy | Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Visiting PhD Student
Feb 2016 – Apr 2016 Cambridge, MA, USA
Dresden Music Cognition Lab | Technische Universität Dresden
Doctoral Assistant
Jan 2015 – Aug 2017 Dresden, Germany