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Weekly Research Seminar: Program

Venue: Mozartgasse 3, HS23.02. This seminar room is 400m northwest of the main building of Uni Graz and 800m northeast of the Centre for Systematic Musicology. From the main railway station (Graz Hauptbahnhof), take bus 58 and get off at Mozartgasse. During the corona pandemic, the seminar is partly or completely virtual, see links below.

Time: Tuesdays at 5:30 pm. Local guest speakers are asked to arrive or connect at 5:15 pm and keep the evening free. Talks last for 40 minutes plus 20 minutes for questions.

The program is below. Talks are in English and speakers are asked to provide a title and 100-word abstract. 

The seminar is open to the public. With the agreement of guest speaker(s), talks may be recorded and published. Speakers are asked to avoid copyright video or audio materials and provide legible references to sources.

For students in Graz, the research seminar corresponds to "Konversatorium" in the BA/MA Musikologie curriculum, and talks are often relevant for the course "Musikwissenschaft aktuell". All students are welcome to attend all talks. Speakers are asked to consider undergraduate listeners (e.g., explain the broad aims and context of your research, and provide tangible examples).

For environmental reasons, speakers in this seminar do not leave the ground (we do not fund flying). Participants are asked to adopt or recommend this policy for other research seminars and conferences. Further information:

Parncutt, R., & Seither-Preisler, A. (2021). Live streaming at international academic conferences: Doing rather than talking. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 9(1), 00435. text

Parncutt, R. (2020). Innovative wissenschaftliche Konferenzkultur: Weniger Emissionen, mehr Inklusion, bessere Dokumentation. Weiterbildung, 5|2020, 34-37. text

Parncutt, R. (2020). Grounding the ICMC. Computer Music Journal, 43(4), 7-11.  text

Parncutt, R., Meyer-Kahlen, N., & Sattmann, S. (2019). Live-streaming at international academic conferences: Technical and organizational options for single- and multiple-location formats. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 7, 51. text

Parncutt, R., & Seither-Preisler, A. (2019). Live streaming at international academic conferences: Ethical considerations. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 7, 55. text

Parncutt, R. (2019). The human cost of anthropogenic global warming: Semi-quantitative prediction and the 1000-tonne rule. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 2323. text

Possible future talks

Andrea Schavio (Graz): Qualitative studies on musical practice during the COVID-19 pandemic

Summer Semester 2021

Date Speaker(s) Topic(s)
2 March SysMusGraz members (moderation: Noemi Silvestri)  Introduction. Why we like systematic musicology stream
9 March Anita Taschler (Graz) Music and altered states of consciousness: The healing potential of peak experiences (stream)
16 March Jean Beers (MUK Vienna) & Ingo Reulecke (HZT Berlin) Empathy in collaborative improvisation (stream)
23 March Student assistants of the centre  Current research projects (stream)
13 April Jonathan Cannon (MIT) The shared predictive roots of motor control and beat-based timing (stream)
20 April  Luc Nijs (Ghent, Belgium) Developing musicianship: On the role of body movement in instrumental music learning and teaching
27 April

Carolina Rodríguez Alzza (Peru)

Memory and social distribution of chants among Iskonawa people (Peruvian Amazon)

4 May Samuel Mehr (Harvard) Universality and diversity in human song
11 May Anna Fiveash (Lyon Neuroscience Research Centre) Rhythm processing in music and speech
18 May Bettina Zeidler (Graz) Auditory profiles of children with autism spectrum disorder
1 June Adrian Kempf (Graz)  
8 June Shannon Proksch (Merced, CA)  Coordination dynamics of multi-agent interaction within a musical ensemble
15 June Sabrina Sattmann (Graz) Who is getting chills? Individual differences promoting the occurrence of peak experiences in music perception
22 June    
29 June    

Archive: Winter Semester 2020

Date Speaker(s) Topic(s)
6.10. Richard Parncutt (SysMusGraz) Introduction
13.10. Naomi Ziv (Tel Aviv, virtual)

Pro-peace or anti-war: The effect of emotions primed by protest songs on emotions toward ingroup and outgroup in conflict


Frank Hergert (Koblenz, virtual)

Pitch salience of resultant organ stops: Evidence for virtual pitch below the human voice range


Tudor Popescu (Vienna, live) livestream

Tension-mediated formation of affective meaning in songs 



Bernd Brabec de Mori (Graz, live) livestream

Microphenomenology and systematic musicology: Exploring musical experience, consciousness, and intentionality 

10.11. Anja-Xiaoxing Cui (British Columbia, virtual) Top-down influences in interval perception and the perception of musical hierarchies
17.11. Massimo Lumaca (Aarhus, remote) Individual differences in interhemispheric connectivity and the origins of music diversity
24.11. Adrian Kempf (Graz, remote) Does moving together to the beat affect musical creativity? 



1. Valentina Jerenec (Graz, remote)

2. Helena Dukic (Zagreb, remote)

1. The audience’s influence on a performer in a live music performance

2. Influence of maternal emotions on fetal sound perception.

8.12. Public holiday  
15.12. BA students Book reviews
12.1. Internal discussion  
19.1. Sabrina Sattmann (Graz, virtual) link Musical chills: Felt emotions and the role of empathy and personality
26.1. Olivier Senn (Lucerne, remote) link Preliminaries to a psychological model of musical groove

Archive: Summer semester 2020

Date Speaker(s) Topic(s)
3.3. Richard Parncutt (SysMusGraz, live) Structuring the argument of a theoretical paper in the social sciences

Valentina Jerenec (Ptuj & Linz, live)

Recognizing emotion in speech: Musicians are not better
17.3. Cancelled  
24.3. Andrea Schiavio (SysMusGraz) Together in music: Overview of FWF project
31.3. Sanja Kiš Žuvela (Academy of Music, University of Zagreb, virtual) The perceived degree of bitonality of a musical passage: Empirical data and a model (virtual)
7.4., 14.4. Easter break  
21.4. Richard Parncutt (SysMusGraz, virtual) Music, memory, identity, nostalgia: Indirect evidence for prenatal origins (virtual)
28.4. Aleksandra Michalko (Amsterdam, virtual)

Overriding musical enculturation with embodied learning

5.5. André Menrath (Master's student, audio engineering, Graz, virtual) Roughness perception and piano tuning
12.5. Evelyn Zemmel (Master's student, Psychology, Graz, virtual) Do popsong lyrics influence beliefs about romantic relationships?
19.5. Martin Lindenbeck (ÖAW Wien, virtual) Stream segregation in acoustic and electric hearing: Pitch and rhythm cues.
26.5. Peter Schneider (Neurologische Klinik, Heidelberg) and Annemarie Seither-Preisler (SysMusGraz, virtual) Effects of musical experience on morphology and network plasticity of the auditory brain in children and adolescents
2.6. LV-frei (Pfingsten)  
9.6. Noemi Silvestri (Master's student, virtual) The Balkan diaspora: Music and well-being
16.6. Ana Jović (Master's student, virtual) Effect of music on running performance
23.6. Adrian Kempf (SysMusGraz, virtual) New perspectives on the role of the embodied beat in music

Winter Semester 2019

Date Speaker(s) Topic(s)
1.10. Various Draft presentations in preparation for 15.10., HS23.02
8.10. Various Draft presentations in preparation for 15.10., HS23.02
Monday 14.10., 6pm Various Final rehearsal for 15.10., Mehrzwecksaal, Wallgebäude, Merangasse 70
15.10., 6 pm Various 10th birthday celebration of the Centre for Systematic Musicology, Mehrzwecksaal, Wallgebäude, Merangasse 70. All welcome!
22.10. Cancelled due to international conference  
29.10. Kendra Stepputat (KUG, live)  The importance of 'the beat' for tango dancers: Using motion capture to access culturally embedded and embodied knowledge
5.11. Matz Larsson (Örebro, virtual)  Bipedal steps in the evolution of music
12.11. Cancelled due to international teaching exchange  

Marta Kania (Krakow, virtual) 

Psychological predictors of high-level piano performance

26.11. Joachim Richter (Berlin, virtual); Andrew Goldman (London Ontario, virtual)  Fetal Rock’n Roll and the origin of dance and music; The neuroscience of improvisation: Critical challenges, empirical contributions

Verna Vazquez (UK, virtual)

The interactive role of music as a facilitator for maternal bonding during early motherhood
10.12. László Stachó (Budapest, live); Lina Markart (BA student, live) Music performance and altered states of consciousness; Book review (Diana Kenny: The psychology of music performance anxiety)

Katharina Groß-Vogt (KUG, live)

Ambient sonification, calm computing, and peripheral perception: Psychological evaluation
14.1. Manuela Marin (Innsbruck, Vienna, live)

Towards a crossmodal approach to empirical aesthetics: Complexity and emotion in the visual and auditory domains


Chris Corcoran (Cambridge, virtual)

Score-dependency: Long-term cognitive effects of playing from music notation (video)

28.1. Ana Jovic (MA student, live) Effect of music on running performance

Summer Semester 2019

Date Speaker(s) Topic(s)
5.3. canceled  
12.3. Tudor Popescu (Vienna, live) The cultural transmission of musical features: Replicating evolutionary dynamics in the lab
19.3. Richard Parncutt  Pitch class prevalence in plainchant, scale-degree consonance, and the origin of the rising leading tone
26.3. Kjetil Vikene (Bergen, virtual) Complexity in Musical Rhythm: Dissociation between subjective judgments of complexity and likeability in persons with Parkinson's disease
2.4. Marc Thompson (Jyväskylä, virtual) Interpersonal coordination in music performance and mirror games
9.4. Laura Bishop (Vienna) Being creative but predictable: Visual interaction supports
coordination in musical duos
30.4. Alicia Peñalba Acitores & Lucio Martinez Alvarez (Valladolid, Spain, live) Embodied music interaction in 15-36 month-old infants: The Active Musical Room
7.5. Simon Høffding (Oslo, virtual)  Thinking in movement: An enactive account of improvisation
14.5.  Richard Parncutt Arranging a cappella pop: Compositional principles, pedagogical applications
21.5. Maria Chełkowska-Zacharewicz (Katowice, live)

Effects of thoughts on emotions and body movements while listening to music 


Marise van Zyl (Philadelphia PA USA)

Using virtual reality to reduce music performance anxiety 

Wolfgang Lukas

(contemplative collaboration.org)


Contemplative collaboration: A vision for a mindful academic culture



1. Lauren Hadley (Nottingham)

2. Lina Markart (BA student)

1. Communicative interaction in music and language: Neural and cognitive mechanisms

2. The effect of music therapy on people with dementia


25.6. Jasmin Pfeifer (Düsseldorf/Amsterdam) Speech perception in congenital amusia


Archive: Winter Semester 2018

Date Speaker(s) Topic(s)
2.10. Richard Parncutt Introduction
9.10. Michael Schlott (Graz) Book review. Leonid Perlovsky: Music, Passion and Cognitive Function
16.10. Canceled  
23.10. Landon Shaffer-Liggett Peck (Oxford) Musical Awe: Understanding Emotional Experiences from Powerful Music
30.10. Annemarie Seiter-Preisler (Graz) Musicality and the imitation of tonal and non-tonal languages
6.11. Richard Parncutt (Graz) The obstetric dilemma, the mother schema, and the origin of religion and music
13.11. Elli Xypolitaki (Thessaloniki) Music as a Social Activity: Theory of Mind and its Role in Music-Perceived Emotions; Integrating music technology in improvisational music therapy: The case of Soundbeam.
20.11. Canceled  

1. Nicola Di Stefano (Rome)

2. Helena Dukic (Zagreb)

1. Consonance and dissonance perception: Theoretical considerations and empirical results

2. Narrative archetypes in the imagery of clients in GIM therapy

4.12. Bernd Brabec De Mori (KUG)

Enchanted listening and the prehistoric emergence of speech and song

11.12. Sabrina Turker (Graz) Working memory, musicality, and arithmetic competence in children with dyslexia
8.1. Ajmal Hussain (Lahore, Pakistan; virtual) A Cognitive Approach to Sruti in Indian Classical Music
15.1. Emese Hruska (Hungary/UK; virtual)

Classical musicians' self-concept, perfectionism and performance anxiety

22.1. Riccardo Cadamuro (Venice, Italy) Emotional development and intersubjectivity in music. Ideas for a cross-cultural comparison

Archive: Summer semester 2018

Date Speaker(s) Topic(s)
6.3. Richard Parncutt Critical thinking: Toward rational, unbiased, interdisciplinary evaluation of evidence (for all students at all levels in all disciplines)
13.3. Richard Parncutt Structuring the argument of a theoretical paper (for all advanced students in all disciplines; for BA theses and MA seminars in systematic musicology)
20.3. Martin Lindenbeck (TU Graz)  Musical Pitch in Cochlear-Implant Listeners
27.3. Easter break  
3.4. Easter break  
10.4. Julie Delisle (Concordia University and Université de Montréal, Canada, virtual) Analysis of flute timbre and extended techniques with acoustical descriptors
17.4. Mariusz Kozak (Columbia University, New York, USA, virtual) Feeling music: Kinesthetic knowledge and the phenomenology of the backbeat
24.4. Timea Sari (ICG, KUG) Western classical music education in the Sultanate of Oman: Motivation and perceptions of students
1.5. Public holiday  

1. Niels Hansen (Ohio State University, USA, virtual)

2. 18:30 in LS15.01: Noemi Silvestri

1. Lifetiming: Age-related changes in preferred performance tempo of mazurkas by Frédéric Chopin

2. Foreign language learning through singing (BA thesis)


1. Ana Jovic

2. Hannes Karlbauer

3. 18:30 in LS15.01: Richard Parncutt

1. The effect of music on physical exercise performance (BA thesis)

2. Book review "Music and mind in everyday life"

3. Prenatal psychology and the origin of musical meaning

22.5. No teaching  

1. Michael Eder

2. Noemi Silvestri

1. Music, repetition and time: The influence of inner-musical repetition on the perception of duration (MA)

2. Book review


Alena Leitner

The emotional perception of pop and classical vocal styles


1. Laura Sakka (University of Uppsala, Sweden, virtual)

2. Helena Dukic

3. Hannes Karlbauer

1. ICMPC talk rehearsal: Music-Evoked Episodic Autobiographical Memories in Depressed Individuals

2. Music therapy and resilience

3. An internet page for musical timekeeping at academic conferences

19.6. Christoph Seibert (Max Plank Empirical Aesthetics, Germany, virtual) Situated aspects of musical experience: conceptual framework and empirical approaches

Ana Jovic

Book review. Costas Karageorghis: Applying music in exercise and sport

Archive: Winter Semester 2017

Date Speaker(s) Topic(s)
3.10. Michael Eder (MA) Musical repetition and the passage of time
10.10. ICMPC hubs: La Plata and Montreal ICMPC technical planning meeting
17.10. Jan Stupacher (Psychology, Graz) Neural correlates and prosocial effects of entrainment to music
24.10. Richard Parncutt (SysMus Graz) Psychological principles of musical intonation: Pythagoras was wrong
31.10. John Sloboda (UK, virtual) Documenting reactions to the new ICMPC format
7.11. (5:30 pm) Helena Dukic (Zagreb, virtual); various Methods of narrative analysis in music; ICMPC interhub meeting
14.11. Markus Christiner (Vienna, virtual) The cognitive benefits of singing and musical aptitude in novel speech learning
21.11. Pieter-Jan Maes (Belgium, virtual) Musical timing, sonification, and dynamical systems
28.11. Clemens Pecher (MA) The harmonic vocabulary of contemporary pop: Four-chord songs
5.12. Julien Bauer, Hannes Karlbauer (Buchrezensionen) Perlovski: Music, passion, and cognitive function;
12.12. Daniela Schwar (BA) Music and autism
9.1. Tommi Himberg (Finland, virtual) Entrainment, communication and emotions
16.1. Gerhard Tschakert (Sport Science, Graz) Sweat, lactate and rock'n'roll: Music physiology meets exercise physiology
23.1. Valeriia Perepelytsia (Anglistik, Graz) Singing talent and second language pronunciation
30.1. Andreas Greindl und Michael Schlott (BA); book reviews Acoustical comparison of different bagpipes and plucked guitar tones; Sense of hearing (Plack); This is your brain on music (Levitin)

Archive: Summer Semester 2017

7.3. Richard Parncutt Introduction
14.3. Helena Dukic Influence of interval size on imagery during Guided Imagery and Music (GIM)

Theresa Schallmoser &

Hannah Pell (USA)

Book review (Kölsch) &

Book review (Larson)

28.3. Maximilian Burkard Master's project
4.4. Annemarie Seither-Preisler Effect of musical training on auditory development, AD(H)D, and dyslexia
25.4. Andrea Schiavio (KUG)

Exploring musical creativity in human development, pedagogy, and performance

2.5. Theresa Schallmoser Master's project
9.5. David Sears (Linz/Montreal) Expectations for tonal cadences: (Simulating) Sensory and cognitive priming effects
16.5. Elisa Negretto (Italy) Analysis of the temporal structures underlying the listeners' experience of tension
23.5. Julie Delisle (Vienna/Montreal) Three perspectives on flute sounds: Instrumental, compositional, and computational


Siavosh Banihashemi (Vienna)

Book review

Musical sound and its components

6.6. Dienstag nach Pfingsten  

Sabrina Turker

Neuroanatomic correlates of music and language aptitude


(canceled: Ianna Sedlackova, Vienna)

Theresa Schallmoser

Lina Markart

(Polar breathing patterns of singers)

Book review: The Aesthetic Brain by Anjan Chatterjee

Book review: Heiner Gembris (2006): Musical Development from a Lifespan Perspective

27.6. from 5:00 to 7:00 om 

Julian Castro (Buenos Aires; Bogotá) 

Maximilian Burkard

Patrick Zündel

Applications of Grounded Theory in Systematic Musicology

Master's project: Replicating a study into the meaning of music

Book review

Archiv: Winter Semester 2016

During this semester, I am on sabbatical. Only three sessions are planned for the "Konversatorium". The rest of the time I am not in Austria. To get credit for this course, you must attend all three sessions, give a talk in one of them, and communicate with me by email during the semester about the progress of your project.

Date Speaker Topic
4 Oct Richard Parncutt The missing fundamentals of music theory

 Archive: Summer semester 2016

Date Speaker Topic
1 Mar Parncutt Introduction
8 Mar    
15 Mar Nico Maly (Vienna) Feldenkrais and Embodied Music Cognition

22, 29 Mar

5 Apr

12 Apr 1. Nina Nentwig
2. Helena Dukic
1. The influence of background music on well-being while eating alone (master's)
2. Some preliminary results (doctorate)
19 Apr 1. Marko Ciciliani (KUG)
2. Tanja Brüggemann-Stepien (Wien)
1. Introspective method for the analysis of multimedia
2. Compositional application of underwater  acoustic soundscape  recording
26 Apr Peter Ninaus Manipulation of vocal tract in clarinet performance (doctorate)
3 May Barbara Lüneburg (KUG)

Transcoding: Using social media to lure people into multimedia art

17 May (Pfingsten)  
24 May Daniela und Bernd Willimek Music and Emotions - Research on the Theory of Musical Equilibration (die Strebetendenz-Theorie)
31 May

1. Maximilian Burkard 

2. Martin Schmid

1. (master's)

2. The perception of chord roots in different harmonic contexts (doctorate)

7 Jun

1. Elke Grasser

2. Michael Eder

1. (review)

2. Musical repetition. Between enhancement and boredom (master's)

14 Jun

1. Daniela Schwar

2. Lisa Pogatetz

1. Gruhn & Seither-Preisler (Hgg.), Der musikalische Mensch (review)

2. (master's)

21 Jun

1. Patrik Zündel

2. Florian Schriebl

1. Amanda Bayley: Recorded Music (review)

2. The scary side of sound (master's)


28 Jun

Alena Leitner

Emotional intensity of classical and pop singers' performances (master's)

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Richard Parncutt

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

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