PRiSM / RNCM Sir John Manduell Research Forum: Music and the Heart: A Math-Tech Perspective

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Music and heartbeats share many similar properties; connections that enable musical thinking and representations to be applied to heart signals. Music has also been employed in every stage of cardiovascular healthcare, for example, as intervention for raised blood pressure, pre-operative anxiety, and post-operative recovery. Here, we shall explore if music could potentially be a tool for studying and understanding cardiovascular disease. I shall present a series of examples of research at the intersection of music and cardiovascular science, representing a journey spanning music representation of abnormal heart rhythms and music-based modulation of the cardiac autonomic nervous system. These studies are made possible by parallel research on music expressivity and the modelling of structures musicians create in performance. Applications of the music-cardiovascular research include digital therapeutics and medical education.

* The results presented are part of the projects COSMOS and HeartFM 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).
Period19 Oct 2022
Held atThe Royal Northern College of Music
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • music and medicine
  • heart-brain interaction
  • arrhythmia transcription