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What do we mean by 'music'? (and how can we make sense of it?)

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A free public lecture at Madingley Hall by Professor Ian Cross.

Ian Cross is Professor of Music and Science at the University of Cambridge, and Director of the Centre for Music and Science in the Faculty of Music. He has been a Fellow and Director of Studies in Music of Wolfson College since 1994, and is closely involved with the musical life of the College.

Since 1980 he has been involved in experimental investigations of the perception of tonal structures as well as of the role of culture and formal education in shaping musical cognition. He has explored the general limits and constraints on scientific accounts of music and is particularly involved in research into the relation between music and evolutionary theory.

He is the author of over a hundred papers and book chapters, and was co-editor of Musical Structure and Cognition (1985) and Representing Musical Structure (1991), both published by Academic Press. More recently, he has co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology and the volume Language and Music as Cognitive Systems (2011), both published by OUP . Ian Cross is also a guitarist.


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