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Dr. Squiggles, the rhythm robot

A cute octopus-like robot. Photo.Dr. Squiggles listens for tapping produced by humans or other musical robots and attempts to play along and improvise its own rhythms based on what it hears.

Entrainment, social bonding and pleasure

High heels and nice shoes. A man and woman pictured from the knees down. Photo.In Entrainment, social bonding and pleasure we investigate the relationship between social bonding and the synchronisation of body and mind in time.

Engagement and Absorption

Arm, hand, wristEngagement and Absorption seeks to explore aspects of rhythm, temporality, and meaning in musical engagement such as listening and performing.

Effort and attention in musical experience

Drums and the hand of a drummer. Photo.The aim of Effort and attention in musical experience is to enhance our understanding of the physical and mental effort and attention involved in the production and perception of music.

Modeling and Robots

Man with robots. Photo.How can robots adapt to rhythms? Inspired by biology and the human brain, the project Modeling and Robots aims to create models of rhythmical processes.

Musical Chills

Head with musical notes like hair. Silhouette. Illustration.Music can evoke moments of intense pleasure often referred to as ‘chills’. The project Musical Chills investigates where these reactions take place in the brain, and what their triggers are.

Musical Time and Form

Violinist from behind. Photo.Musical Time and Form: A Study in Musical Performance and Listening investigates the differences in interpretation of compositions in Western Art Music, and the experiences of the listener.

How do we predict the future?

Clocks on a wall. Photo.The human brain actively predicts what will happen next. In the project Neural basis of temporal prediction we investigate our ability to predict the “what”, “where”, and “when” of the future.

How and why does music make us move?

Woman in a dress is dancing barefoot. Photo.

Human Bodily Micromotion in Music Perception and Interaction (MICRO) investigates how music influences what we may call micromotion, such as the tiny motion observed when people try to stand still.

When does a beat actually happen in time?

Musicians in the street and spectators. Photo.Timing and Sound in Musical Microrhythm (TIME) investigates what part of the beat’s sound constitutes its temporal position, and how does this perception or judgment depend upon a listener’s music-cultural background? 

Balancing copyright law with creative expression

Backhead of a person with headset and looking at a PC. Photo.

The project MASHED: Mashup Music, Copyright, and Platform Regulation investigates the tensions and feedback mechanisms between the incentives of copyright law and the purposes of artistic adaptations.

Improving computers' ability to understand music

Desert. Photo.

MIRAGE - A Comprehensive AI-Based System for Advanced Music Analysis. One main goal of the project is to improve computers' capability to listen to and understand music, and to conceive technologies to facilitate music understanding and appreciation. One main application is to make music more accessible and engaging.

Musical Human-Computer Interaction

Man and woman and a computer. Photo. The project Musical Human-Computer Interaction investigates aspects of rhythm and motion through the design and construction of interfaces for musical human-computer interaction.

The electrophysiology of working memory

A brain scan. Illustration.The primary objective of the Oscillatory mechanisms supporting human cognition project is to acquire new knowledge about the fundamental electrophysiological mechanisms that enable working memory, prediction and attentional control in the human brain.

Self-playing Guitars

Guitars hanging from the roof. Photo.The Self-playing Guitars is a platform for exploring the meeting point between acoustic and digital sound production in a collection of self-playing instruments.

Network for sound and music computing

Nordic it says and two microphones. Illustration.NordicSMC is a network project aimed at develop sound and music computing research excellency in the Nordic countries.

International partnerships

Researchers working together in front of a PC. Photo.RITPART is a partnership project with the aim of connecting RITMO to world-leading research groups in USA, Canada and Japan.