The Science of Music


Music is all around us. It plays a major role in every known human culture and we are exposed to it over many hours of the day: in shopping malls, advertisements, and - of course - voluntary listening or playing. We use music in order to celebrate and to grief; film music can express what dialogue and image can’t, especially when it comes to feelings and emotions. Despite these seemingly universal functions, music displays an astonishing cross-cultural and stylistic diversity. The Digital and Cognitive Musicology Lab at EPFL is dedicated to finding out how music fulfills all those functions and more. To study this multifaceted phenomenon, insights from many different perspectives are necessary. Our interdisciplinary team uses computer science and machine learning, psychology and neuroscience, as well as musicology and theory, to better understand how music works.

Nov 24, 2021 — Nov 25, 2021
SwissTech Convention Center
Fabian C. Moss
Fabian C. Moss
Research Fellow in Cultural Analytics

Fabian C. Moss is a Research Fellow in Cultural Analytics at University of Amsterdam (UvA). He was born in Cologne, Germany, and studied Mathematics and Educational Studies at University of Cologne, and Music Education (Major Piano) and Musicology at Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln. He obtained is PhD in Digital Humanities from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Working with large symbolic datasets of musical scores and harmonic annotations, he is primarily interested in Computational Music Analysis, Music Theory, Music Cognition, and their mutual relationship.