Date & time: October 25th at 14.00
Title: Groove on the brain: predictive brain processes underlying musical rhythm and interaction
Speaker: Peter Vuust, Prof. in Neuroscience, Dept. of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Prof. in Music, the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg, Denmark
Location: Zoom lecture (details to follow)
Groove on the brain: predictive brain processes underlying musical rhythm and interaction
Musical rhythm has a remarkable capacity to move our minds and bodies. When we listen to “Blame it on the Boogie” by The Jacksons, it is difficult to refrain from tapping a foot or bobbing the head to the beat. Here, I will describe how the theory of predictive processing can be used as a framework for understanding how rhythm is processed and why we move to certain kinds of music more than to others. Importantly, music is fundamentally a social phenomenon, in that we listen to, synchronize to, and make music together. This music interaction is typically based on agreeing on predictive structures such as meter or tonality. I will end the presentation by presenting a new line of studies showing how predictive coding can be applied to understand the dynamics involved in interpersonal synchronization using a minimal tapping paradigm, where two individuals are placed in separate rooms with headphones and EEG equipment and asked to tap together in different conditions.
About Peter Vuust
Professor Peter Vuust, Ph.D. is a unique combination of a top-level jazz musician and a world class scientist. He leads the Danish National Research Foundation's center for "Music In the Brain" and holds joint appointments as full professor at the Danish Royal Academy of Music and Dept of Clinical Medicine Aarhus University.
He has published more than 150 scientific papers in high ranking international journals, most recently the review "Music in the brain" in Nature Reviews Neuroscience (March, 2022). He uses state-of-the-art brain scanning techniques such as fMRI, PET, EEG, MEG and behavioral measures and is a world leading expert in the field of music and the brain – a research field he has single-handedly built up in Denmark as leader of the center for Music In the Brain (MIB) currently employing more than 30 researchers. Among many other grants, he has received DKK 98 million (~ US $ 15 billion) as PI, from the Danish National Research Foundation.
In addition, Prof Vuust is a renowned jazz bassist and composer; leading the Peter Vuust Quartet with Alex Riel, Lars Jansson and Ove Ingemarsson of which seven records have been released so far. He has also played on more than 100 recordings and been sideman with international jazz stars such as Lars Jansson, Tim Hagans, John Abercrombie, Dave Liebman and many more. He is the recipient of the 2009 Jazz Society of Aarhus’ "Gaffel"-prize. His album “September Song” was widely acclaimed by reviewers and received a nomination for a Danish Music Award in 2014.
As professor at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark, he has taught electric and acoustic bass as well as music theory, ear training and ensemble playing. He has given many keynote talks and masterclasses at international conferences and institutions on a wide range of topics ranging from the neuroscience of music to improvisation and composition. He has written three monograph's "Polyrhythm and –meter in modern jazz; a study of Miles Davis’ Quintet from the 1960s”, "Music on the Brain", and most recently a book on musical leadership.