Prof. David Temperley, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, USA

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Oesterreichisches Forschungsinstitut fuer Artificial Intelligence(OFAI) der OSGK
Freyung 6/6, A-1010 Wien
Tel: +43-1-5336112-17, Fax: +43-1-5336112-77, Email:

Professor of Music Theory
Eastman School of Music, Rochester, USA


Recent research in psycholinguistics has shown that language processing
is optimal when information is conveyed at a moderate, uniform rate —
a principle known as Uniform Information Density (UID). (Here I use
“information” in the statistical sense, meaning the negative log of
probability: low-probability events are high in information.) In this
talk I will suggest that UID has great explanatory value with regard to
music as well.

Three predictions follow from UID:
1) low-probability events should be lengthened and spaced out in time;
2) an event that is low in probability in one dimension should be high
in probability in other dimensions;
3) an event that is low in probability should be used in the context of
other high-probability events.

I will demonstrate the validity of these predictions with regard to a
variety of musical phenomena: rules of Renaissance counterpoint, the
construction of classical themes, and phenomena of expressive


Time: Wednesday, 4th May 2016, 6:30 p.m. sharp

Location: Oesterreichisches Forschungsinstitut
fuer Artificial Intelligence, OFAI
Freyung 6, Stiege 6, 1010 Wien

Univ.-Prof. Ing. Dr. Robert Trappl


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