Alexander Refsum Jensenius

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Phone +47 22 84 48 34
Mobile phone +47 951 29 232
Room V02-06
Available hours By appointment
Visiting address Forskningveien 3A Harald Schjelderups hus 0373 OSLO
Postal address PO 1133 Blindern 0318 Oslo Norway

Short bio: Alexander Refsum Jensenius [he/him] is a music researcher and research musician. His research focuses on why music makes us move, which he explores through empirical studies using different motion sensing technologies. He also uses analytical knowledge and tools to create new music with both traditional and very untraditional instruments. As chair of the NIME steering committee, he is a leading figure in the international computer music community. From 2017 he co-directs RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion, an interdisciplinary centre of excellence at the University of Oslo. As a member of the EUA Expert Group on Science 2.0/Open Science, he is also involved in modernising how research is conceived and conducted.

Personal web page and blog:


  • 2008: PhD in music technology, University of Oslo, Norway
  • 2004: M.Sc. (2 years) in art & technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • 2002: Cand. philol. (2 year MA) in musicology, University of Oslo, Norway
  • 2000: Cand. mag. (4 year BA) in music and mathematics, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Visiting researcher, CNMAT, University of California, Berkeley
  • Visiting researcher, IDMIL, McGill University
  • Visiting researcher, TMD, KTH, Stockholm

Teaching and Tutoring

International Master's Programme in Music, Communication & Technology
  • Music and motion (theory and methods)
  • Sound Programming (Max/MSP, PD, Matlab)
  • Musical Human-Computer Interaction and Action-Sound Mapping
  • Instrument Design, Construction, Performance and Evaluation
  • Sound/music in New Media (computers, internet, mobile phones, etc.)
  • Video Analysis/synthesis and Motion Capture


  • Music-related body motion
  • Embodied music cognition
  • New interfaces for musical expression
Oslo Standstill Database
Oslo Standstill Database. More than 600 standstill recordings.
Musical Gestures Toolbox
Musical Gestures Toolbox. Software for video visualization.
MusicLab. An Open Research innovation project.
Tags: Musicology, Music Technology, Music Cognition, Music and Movement
Published May 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Last modified Sep. 15, 2021 11:24 AM