Fabian C. Moss

Fabian C. Moss

Research Fellow in Cultural Analytics

University of Amsterdam

About me

I am a Research Fellow in Cultural Analytics at the Media Studies Department at University of Amsterdam (UvA). I am also affiliated with the Language & Music Cognition (LMC) research unit at UvA’s Institute for Language, Logic and Computation (ILLC). I engage with the activities of the Music Cognition Group (MCG) and the Amsterdam Music Lab (AML) as well as with the project Creative Amsterdam: an e-Humanities Perspective (CREATE).

My research is inherently interdisciplinary and aims to bridge the humanities and the sciences. I draw on methods and concepts from Musicology and Music Theory, Mathematics, Music Information Retrieval, Data Science & Machine Learning, Music Psychology & Cognition, and the Digital Humanities. Working with large symbolic datasets of musical scores and harmonic annotations, I am primarily interested in Computational Music Analysis, Music Theory, Music Cognition, and their mutual relationship.

Before my appointment at UvA, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Digital and Cognitive Musicology Lab (DCML) at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland) for the project Distant Listening: The Development of Harmony over Three Centuries (1700–2000), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (PI: Martin Rohrmeier). I also directed the project Digitizing the Dualism Debate: A Case Study in the Computational Analysis of Historical Music Sources, supported by the EPFL-UNIL funding scheme CROSS - Collaborative Research on Science and Society.

Research Interests

Digital Humanities and Cultural Analytics
How can we preserve the rich cultural heritage of the past? How can we make it accessible for anyone? Which tools do we need to enable everyone to engage with these treasures?
Corpus Studies and Stylometry
Which patterns do emerge when we move from analyzing individual cultural artefacts to collections? Can we create datasets that are reprentative for a certain historical period or style? Is it possible to observe trajectories that allow us to speak of cultural evolution?
Music Theory and Analysis
Which underlying structural relations can be identified in a musical composition? How can these structures be described precisely, using mathematical and formal models? Can we measure music? Which intricate aspects of a piece appear remarkable?
Music Perception and Cognition
What makes us listen to music? How do we perceive structure in music? Why is music so closely tied to our emotions? Why does music move us?

Academic experience

Media Studies Department | Institute for Language, Logic and Cognition | Data Science Centre | Universeit van Amsterdam
Research Fellow in Cultural Analytics
Jan 2022 – Present 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


Other publications

Journal Articles, Conference Papers, Datasets