Comp Music Lab
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; Human Behavior and Evolution Society; 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:
This Forbes piece about diversifying music science featuring our commentary in Nature Reviews Neuroscience. For more details, see our Oxford University Press chapter on the controversial history of comparative musicology and our proposals in MIT Press and Music Perception of best practices to improve the field's poor track record in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
This Nautilus piece on music and biological evolution, universals, and social bonding featuring our articles in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and the SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture.
This New York Times piece about the Global Jukebox, where you can listen to and analyze over 5,000 songs from around 1,000 societies around the world that have been coded using Cantometrics (details in our articles in PLOS ONE and Music & Science).
Our MUTEK keynote lecture/concert "Hearing Music Evolve", which includes our live performances of traditional Japanese, Ainu, and Amami Island music that are then remixed with samples from music around the world (The HU, Sonah Jobarteh, Baka Gbiné, Timbaland, and Queen).
This Radio New Zealand interview about applying music science to copyright disputes featuring our paper published in Transactions of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval.
This Royal Society Te Apārangi press release about our Rutherford Discovery Fellowship project collaborating with 75 coauthors to explore global diversity in music-language relationships (Accepted at Peer Community In Registered Reports).
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.
Email Dr. Patrick Savage at patrick.savage [at] auckland.ac.nz