Second Symposium of the

ICTM Study Group on Sound, Movement, and the Sciences

October 26-28, 2022

Barcelona, Spain

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Time is given according to CEST. You can see the full program here.

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Oct. 26
Oct. 27
Oct. 28
Presentation 3: Cattaneo
Presentation 4: Helmlinger
Presentation 8: Schatz
Presentation 9: Abramovay
11:00 Coffe break Coffe break
11:30 Keynote:
Bernd Brabec de Mori
Pres. 10: Edwards-Fitzsimons
Presentation 11: Misgeld et al.
Presentation 12: Stepputat
13:00 Lunch break Lunch break
14:30 Open Session VOICE
Pres. 13: Sultan von Bruseldorff
Pres. 14: Velichkina et al.
16:00 Welcome Coffe break Coffe break
Presentation 1: Polak
Presentation 2: Jure & Rocamora
Presentation 5: Swarbrick et al.
P. 6: Pearson & Manickavasakan
Pres. 7: Bonini Baraldi and Viana
Closing comments
Open discussion
18:00 Reception Business meeting
20:00 Lecture/Concert:
Marc Chemillier and Justin Vali


"Music, Health, and Wellbeing: Methods for Bridging Science and Ethnography"

Bernd Brabec de Mori

Institut für Musikwissenschaft, Universität Innsbruck, Austria

The study of music in the field of health and wellbeing is commonly either studied by anthropologists and ethnomusicologists when the field extends to non-modern societies, or by psychologists and social or medical scientists when it comes to modern biomedicine or music therapy. Although the latter may sometimes show interest in the field of the former, and vice versa, it is still unusual to find serious scientific studies of non-modern musical health practices or ethnographic studies of music therapy. Even less research is conducted with mixed quantitative-qualitative methods in the whole field. Based on a couple of examples in the contemporary study of musical health practices, I argue that this is due to communicative difficulties in interdisciplinary studies, especially regarding music. Both humanities and sciences have strong traditions in music studies, and traditionally often rather stand against than with each other. In order to bridge this divide, it is mainly necessary to empower – or even protect – humanities based ethnographic research as a valid complement and explanatory extension of scientific studies. Protection is needed because contemporary media coverage, public policy, and also project funding seems to favor science over humanities. On the other hand, many practitioners of music therapy or related health practices do not find access to or do not understand the methods and results of scientific studies and long for more personal, biographical, qualitative explanations about the power of music in health and wellbeing. I will end with some open suggestions for future research design in order to promote mutual acknowledgement and cooperation among humanities and science scholars.

Bernd Brabec de Mori received his M.A. (Mag. phil., 2003) and Ph.D. (Dr. phil., 2012) in musicology from the University of Vienna. He has been working for five years in the field among Indigenous People in the Peruvian lowland rainforests. After returning to Europe in 2006, he has been teaching and researching, among other institutions, at the Phonogrammarchiv of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, at the department for social and cultural anthropology at Philipps-University Marburg, at the centre for systematic musicology of Karl-Franzens-University Graz, at the institute of musicology at the University of Vienna. Currently he holds a tenure track position at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He published a couple of books, among them Die Lieder der Richtigen Menschen [Songs of the Real People] (2015), Sudamérica y sus mundos audibles [South America and its auditory worlds] (2015), and Auditive Wissenskulturen [Auditory knowledge cultures] (2018), as well as research articles in the areas of Indigenous vocal music, medical ethnomusicology, sound perception, and auditory knowledge.
Contact: bbdm at
ORCID: 0000-0002-2150-4924


"Bi-musicality at the age of artificial intelligence"

This research is supported by the European Research Council (ERC) REACH project, under Horizon 2020 programme (Grant 883313) and by Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) project MERCI (Grant ANR-19-CE33-0010).

Marc Chemillier

École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

Musician, computer scientist and anthropologist, Marc Chemillier studied jazz piano as a teenager, then mathematics at ENS Fontenay-aux-roses and made a PhD thesis in computer music. As an ethnomusicologist, he worked in Central African Republic (CD Music of the former Bandia courts in 1995), then on the zither of Madagascar. In 2000, he created the improvisation software OMax with colleagues at IRCAM. Director of studies at EHESS in Paris, he published Les Mathématiques naturelles in 2008 (Odile Jacob) and continues his research on computer-assisted improvisation and its anthropological and social issues. In 2021, he published the book-CD Artisticiel. Cyber-improvisations with Bernard Lubat and Gérard Assayag.

Marc Chemillier

Justin Vali

Justin Vali ranks among the greatest living players of traditional Malagasy music on the valiha, a bamboo tube zither considered the national instrument of Madagascar. He also performs on the marovany box zither of central and southern Madagascar. Vali contributed to several compilations in the late 1980s before beginning to release his own albums in 1990. In 1994 he recorded Ny Marina (The Truth) at Real World Studios under Peter Gabriel's Real World Records. In 1999 he released The Sunshine Within, a collaboration with Paddy Bush (brother of Kate Bush). In 2008 he collaborated with Eric Manana and other prominent Malagasy artists to record an album as the Malagasy All Stars.

Justin Vali


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Chair: Kendra Stepputat

Presentation 1 (online)

Rainer Polak

"Measuring tempo as a methodological approach: Case studies of West African drum ensemble music"

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Presentation 2

Luis Jure and Martín Rocamora

"Documentation and analysis of Uruguayan candombe drumming"

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Chair: Dana Swarbrick

Presentation 3 (online)

Massimo Cattaneo

"Mimicking timbre. Identifying gestural patterns and sonic similarities in flamenco flautists and singers"

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Presentation 4

Aurélie Helmlinger

"Memorisation of repertoire in Trinidad & Tobago steelbands: a cognitive approach"

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Chair: Aurélie Helmlinger

Presentation 5

Dana Swarbrick, Fernando Rosas and Jonna Vuoskoski

"Collectively Classical: Social Connection at a Classical Concert"

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Presentation 6

Lara Pearson and Brindha Manickavasakan

"Melodic concepts in Karṇāṭaka Saṅgīta: their application in a computational musicology project"

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Presentation 7

Filippo Bonini Baraldi and Paula Viana

"An interactive animation for the study of Maracatu-de-baque-solto (Brazil) collective choreographies"

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Chair: Lara Pearson

Presentation 8

Kurt Rudolf Schatz

"Grammatical Synthesis of Kendang Tunggal: Computer-Aided Ethnography of Improvisatory Balinese Solo Drumming"

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Presentation 9 (online)

Juliano Abramovay

"Exploring taksim improvisation: the challenges of analysing ‘free-rhythm’ music"

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Chair: Kurt Rudolf Schatz

Presentation 10 (online)

Niall Edwards-Fitzsimons

"Kekompakan: synchronization and solidarity in Acehnese sitting dances"

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Presentation 11 (online)

Olof Misgeld, Hans Lindetorp, Sven Ahlbäck and Andre Holzapfel

"Exploring sonification as a tool for folk music-dance interactions"

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Presentation 12

Kendra Stepputat

"Why they don’t step on each other’s toes: Motion capture analysis of tango argentino backsteps"

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Chair: Luis Jure

Presentation 13 (online)

Alexandria Sultan von Bruseldorff

"Mugham Singers Vocal Sound and Voice Health and Wellbeing"

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Presentation 14 (online)

Olga Velichkina, Yulia Nikolaenko, Elizabeth Phillips, Gabriel Zuckerberg, Miranda Crowdus, Zhaoxin Yu, Yukun Li, Yuto Ozaki, Chiba Gakuto, Patrick Savage, Ieva Tihovska, Zane Šmite, Yannick Wey, Lawrence Shuster, David Shugalishvili, Nana Mzhavanadze, Teona Rukhadze, Anastasiia Mazurenko, Frank Scherbaum, Andrew Killick, John McBride and Polina Proutskova

"The VocalNotes project – Investigating (dis)agreement among expert transcribers in different cultures"

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Open Session

Only in presence, not streamed on-line.

This session is intended as a moment to share and discuss, in a more informal environment, ongoing and future research projects (of course related to the SoMoS themes). Like in a poster session, participants will be free to move in the room and meet the participants who want to share their ideas, data, doubts, etc.

Aurélie Helmlinger

"The spread of steelpan layouts: a comprehensive study of ergonomic choices"

Séraphin Costa, Dominique Costa, Mikhail Malt, Marc Chemillier and Gérard Assayag

"Machine-man Co-improvisation: Incursion of DJazz in Flamenco"

Lara Pearson

"Some recently developed open source tools for 3d motion tracking from video"

Sonja Graf

"In-group expansion: Prosocial effects of intergroup dancing and the mediating role of oxytocin"