Digital Audio Effects DAFx20in22 (Vienna) Keynote : On Musical Hearts and Heart Music

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Keynote Speaker, 23rd International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx2020in2022)
Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria.

Title: On Musical Hearts and Heart Music

Abstract: Much exciting work exists at the intersection of music information research and cardiovascular science, a connection made possible by the commonalities between music and heartbeats and music’s profound impact on the heart. I shall describe how background research on mathematical and computational approaches to representing music expressivity leads to our citizen science approach to marking the structures musicians create in performance, offering new paths to discovering the reasoning behind performance decisions. Next, I will demonstrate how music transcription offers new views on both music expressivity and abnormal heart rhythms, with impact on music generation and potentially disease stratification. Finally, I shall show how these computational approaches to characterising expressivity and performance decisions allow us to link how music is communicated to how it impacts listeners, thus presenting new tools for studying autonomic modulation through music, with promise for formalizing knowledge about the therapeutic effects of music†.

† The results presented are part of the projects COSMOS and HEART.FM that have received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement Nos. 788960 and 957532).
Period9 Sept 2022
Held at25th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects, Austria
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • music technology
  • music cardiology
  • neurocardiology
  • algorithmic composition
  • music representation
  • musical prosody