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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 combined with 10th triennial conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ICMPC15/ESCOM10), Graz, Montreal, La Plata, Sydney (23-28 July 2018)
  • President of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM, 2015-2018)


  • 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

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

Publishers and journals

  • Books with Springer and Oxford
  • First or only author of contributions to Music Perception, Musicae Scientiae, Perception & Psychophysics, Journal of New Music Research, Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies, Music Performance Research, Australian Journal of Psychology, Contemporary Music Review, Perspectives of New Music, Jahrbuch Musikpsychologie, Rivista di Analisi e Teoria Musicale, Scottish Music Review

Journal board membership (past or present)

  • Jahrbuch Musikpsychologie, Journal of New Music Research, Music Perception, Musica Humana, Musicae Scientiae, Psychology of Music

Anonymous peer review of journal submissions

  • Acta Psychologica, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Attention Perception & Psychophysics, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, British Journal of Psychology, Cognitive Science, Connection Science, Cortex, Emotion, Frontiers in Neuroscience, i-Perception, International Journal of Psychophysiology, Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Nature Scientific Reports, Personality and Individual Differences, Psychophysiology, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Psychological Research, Psychology of Music, Psychomusicology, Royal Society Open Science

Conference/journal co-creation/organisation 

  • 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

  • Predoc researcher with Ernst Terhardt (Munich, 1982-1983).
  • Postdoc researcher with Johan Sundberg (Stockholm, 1989-1990), Annabel Cohen (Halifax, Canada, 1991-93), Al Bregman (Montreal, 1993-94), and John Sloboda (Keele, England, 1994-1996)
  • Lecturer in Music Psychology and Psychoacoustics, Department of Psychology, Keele University (1986-1988)

Frequently cited publications

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Richard Parncutt

Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. Richard Parncutt Centre for Systematic Musicology

Merangasse 70
8010 Graz, Austria

Telefon:+43 316 380 - 8161

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