Comp Music Lab

Dr. Patrick Savage, Director, Comp Music Lab SFC

Welcome to our lab!

Welcome to the CompMusic Lab for comparative and computational musicology! We study the science of the world's music with the aim of promoting cross-cultural diversity and understanding.

Our work has received awards from organizations including the Society for Music Perception and Cognition; Cultural Evolution Society; International Society for Music Information Retrieval; Association for Psychological Science; Japanese Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; Royal Society Te Apārangi; and the Japanese Emperor.

For an accessible introduction to our research, check out the following:

If you are interested in applying to join the lab, please email our director, Patrick Savage, including a CV, academic transcript, and short (<500-word) description of your research interests and how they fit with the lab. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds – especially from historically underrepresented groups. Please read through our lab manual to get a sense of what life in our lab is like and what our expectations are for potential lab members, funding options, etc.

For more about who we are and what we do, please see our "Members" and "Publications" pages.

Our Research Groups

Exploring the relationship between music and cooperation

(Cross Cultural Music Information Retrieval)

Investigating automated methods of analyzing and comparing all the world's music

Evaluating music copyright infringement cases quantitatively

Studying relationships between music and emotions

Studying the biological and cultural evolution of music across cultures and species

Contact Us

Email Dr. Patrick Savage at psavage [at]

Useful Links

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