Salzburg Global Seminar Session Participant Profiles
Sat 02 Apr - Wed 06 Apr, 2011

Stephen McAdams Stephen McAdams (Faculty)

Country/Region: Canada

Schulich School of Music, McGill University

Canada Research Chair in Music Perception and Cognition, CIRMMT and Department of Music Research, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal

Professor Stephen McAdams studied music composition and theory before entering the realm of perceptual psychology. In 1986, he founded the Music Perception and Cognition team at the world-renowned music research centre Ircam in Paris. While there he organized the first Music and the Cognitive Sciences conference in 1988, which subsequently gave rise to the three international societies dedicated to music perception and cognition, as well as the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. He was Research Scientist and then Senior Research Scientist in the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) from 1989 to 2004. He has taken up residence at McGill University since 2004 where he is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Music Perception and Cognition. He directed the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music, Media and Technology (CIRMMT) in the Schulich School of Music from 2004 to 2009. His research interests include multimodal scene analysis, musical timbre perception, sound source perception, and the cognitive and affective dynamics of music listening. He has co-edited "Music and the Cognitive Sciences" (ontemporary Music Review in English, 1989, and Editions Pierre Mardaga in French, 1989) and the book "Thinking in Sound " (Oxford University Press, 1993 and Presses Universitaires de France, 1994). A collaborative project on the creation, analysis and real-time perception in a live concert of Roger Reynolds' piece "The Angel of Death" was published as a special issue of the journal Music Perception (2004) and as an electronic book including recordings of the piece, demonstration experiments and sketches (IRCAM-Centre Pompidou; 2005).

Media files from Stephen McAdams

Powerpoint Presentation McAdams

The power of music resides in the shape of musical experience over time