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Richard Parncutt

Current and recent functions 

  • Professor of Systematic Musicology, University of Graz, Austria (since 1998)
  • Director of the Centre for Systematic Musicology, University of Graz (since 2009)
  • Chair of the 15th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC) combined with 10th triennial conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM), Graz, Montreal, La Plata, Sydney (23-28 July 2018)
  • President of ESCOM (2015-2018)

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degrees in Music and Science, University of Melbourne, Australia (1981)
  • Honours (Master's) degree in Physics, University of New England (UNE), Australia (1982)
  • Interdisciplinary PhD in psychology, music and physics (UNE) with supervisors Catherine Ellis (music), Neville Fletcher (physics), William G. Noble (psychology) (1987)

Research themes

  • Musical structure (pitch, consonance, harmony, tonality, tension, rhythm, meter, accent)
  • Music performance (psychology, piano, applications)
  • Origins of tonality and of music
  • Musicological interdisciplinarity

Most cited contributions

  • Parncutt, R. (1989). Harmony: A psychoacoustical approach. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

  • Parncutt, R. (1994). A perceptual model of pulse salience and metrical accent in musical rhythms. Music Perception, 11, 409-464.

  • Parncutt, R., & McPherson, G. E. (Eds., 2002). The science and psychology of music performance: Creative strategies for teaching and learning. New York: Oxford University Press.

Disciplines addressed 

  • Music psychology, music theory, music acoustics, psychoacoustics, sound and music computing, music information retrieval, music sociology, music philosophy, music history, ethnomusicology, music education

Journals in which full-length first-authored articles appeared

  • Music Perception (7), Musicae Scientiae (4), Journal of New Music Research (3), Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies (2), Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene (2), Australian Journal of Psychology, Behavioral Sciences, Contemporary Music Review, Frontiers in Psychology, Jahrbuch Musikpsychologie, Music Performance Research, Perception & Psychophysics, Perspectives of New Music, Rivista di Analisi e Teoria Musicale, Scottish Music Review

Journal board membership (past or present)

  • Jahrbuch Musikpsychologie, Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies, Journal of New Music Research, Music Perception, Music Performance Research, Musica Humana, Musicae Scientiae, Music Theory Online, Musicology Australia, Psychology of Music, Research Studies in Music Education, Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, Systematische Musikwissenschaft

Anonymous peer review of journal submissions

  • Psychology: Acta Psychologica, Attention Perception & Psychophysics, Auditory Perception and Cognition, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, British Journal of Psychology, Cognitive Science, Connection Science, Cortex, Emotion, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Frontiers in Psychology, i-Perception, International Journal of Psychophysiology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Personality and Individual Differences, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Psychophysiology, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Perception & Psychophysics, Personality and Individual Differences, Psychological Research, Psychological Review, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
  • Systematic Musicology: Empirical Musicology Review, Journal of New Music Research, Music Perception, Music Performance Research, Musicae Scientiae, Music and Science, Journal of Mathematics and Music, Psychology of Music, Psychomusicology
  • Music: Contemporary Music Review, Journal of the Royal Music Association, Revue Musicale OICRM, Research Studies in Music Education, Scottish Music Review
  • Sciences: Information Sciences, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Nature Scientific Reports, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Royal Society Open Science
  • Medicine: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology
  • Acoustics: Acta Acustica, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
  • Social sciences and humanities: Sage Open

Co-creation of conferences and a journal

  • Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies (JIMS since 2007)
  • Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology (CIM series since 2004)
  • Conference on Applied Interculturality Research (cAIR, 2010, 2012)
  • International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus series since 2008)
  • Global Arts and Psychology Seminar (GAPS 2017, semi-virtual, multi-hub)

Past positions

  • Lecturer in Music Psychology and Psychoacoustics, Department of Psychology, Keele University (1996-1998)
  • Postdoc researcher with John Sloboda (Keele, England, 1994-1996), Albert Bregman (Montreal, 1992-93), Annabel Cohen (Halifax, Canada, 1991-92), and Johan Sundberg (Stockholm, 1989-1990)
  • Predoc researcher with Ernst Terhardt (Munich, 1982-1983)

Frequently cited publications

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