Music & Mathematics

In lectures, discussions, and musical contributions, our guests will illuminate the field of tension between music and mathematics.

The aim of the Symposium “Music and Mathematics” is to provide a platform for collaboration and exchange on projects related to, or positioned at, the intersection of music and mathematics. We are very excited to welcome an interdisciplinary network of musicians, composers, musicologists, computer scientists, and mathematicians working in various fields.

On November 27, 2020, we begin with a pre-conference workshop, including a talk by Martin Supper: "A few remarks on music and mathematics by Iannis Xenakis“ and an impulse-guided discussion on these topics.

The workshop itself takes place digitally on April 16-17, 2021.

April 16 and 17, 2021


We invite you to the two-day symposium "Music & Mathematics" on April 16 and 17, 2021. In lectures, discussions, and musical contributions, our guests will illuminate the field of tension between music and mathematics. Timo de Wolff, Miriam Akkermann und Dirk Pflüger will lead through the program. The event will be held in English digitally via Zoom. Registration is requested.


Friday, 16.04.2021 / 1.30 - 9.30 p.m.

1.45 p.m. Welcome Timo de Wolff, Miriam Akkermann, Dirk Pflüger (The Young Academy)

2 - 3 p.m. Lecture and music Maurice Rojas: "Can You Hear Pseudorandomness?"

3.30 - 4.30 p.m. Lecture and music Kathlen Kohn (KTH Stockholm) and Ernst Ulrich Deuker: "The Complex of Non-Chromatic Scales". Music: Ernst Ulrich Deuker

5.00 - 5.30 p.m. Visuals Michael Sedlmair (University of Stuttgart): "Visualizing Music."

5.30 - 6 p.m. Visuals Rainer Groh (TU Dresden): "Reverse engineering of sound visualizations."

7.30 - 9 p.m. Keynote and discussion
Margaret Schedel (Stony Brook University):"Secret Analogies: Finite and Infinite". With an interdisciplinary career blending classical training, sound/audio data research, and innovative computational arts education, Margaret Anne Schedel transcends the boundaries of disparate fields to produce integrated work at the nexus of computation and the arts. She has a diverse creative output with works spanning interactive multimedia operas, virtual reality experiences, sound art, video games, and compositions for a wide variety of classical instruments and custom controllers and is internationally recognized for the creation and performance of ferociously interactive media. As an Associate Professor of Music with a core appointment in the Institute at Advanced Computational Science at Stony Brook University, she serves as the co-director of computer music and is the Chair of Art. She also teaches computer music composition at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. She co-founded, a platform and artist collective celebrating art with computational underpinnings.

Saturday, 17.04.2021 / 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Music Martin Supper (Berlin University of the Arts): "From Mycenae-Alpha (1978) to Gendy3 (1991)."
Music: Iannis Xenakis: Gendy3

10.30 - 11 a.m. Lecture Stefan E. Schmidt (TU Dresden): "What is an interval in music? Algebraic measurement aspects of how we may think tonal distance."

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lecture Moreno Andreatta (University of Strasbourg): "From Music to Mathematics and backwards: come perceptual and cognitive implications of algebraic, topological and category-theory models in computational music analysis."

1 - 2 p.m. Music Gilles Baroin (University of Toulouse):
Music Gilles Baroin

2 p.m. End of the event

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