How do listeners perceive structure in music?
How can we model these perceptions computationally?

In order to answer these questions, I employ an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from methodologies in the fields of music theory, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and computer science. My research focuses primarily on the real-time aspects of music listening, in particular how emergent phenomena such as tonality and musical tension are perceived, in addition to computer applications for facilitating musical creativity that are based on cognitive models.

I am currently an Associate Professor at New York University in the Department of Music and the Performing Arts Professions in the Steinhardt School and a member of the NYU Music and Audio Research Lab (MARL) and Music Technology Program. I recently co-founded the Northeast Music Cognition Group with colleagues at NYU and Yale. In addition to my academic work, I occasionally perform professionally as a harpsichordist.


Dept. of Music and Performing Arts Professions
35 W. 4th St. Suite 1077
New York, NY 10012

E-mail: mfarbood [at sign] nyu [dot character] edu
Phone: +1.212.992.7680