The Performance Studio is location on Level 7 of Westmead Innovation Quarter. The studio is a state-of-the-art multi-purpose audiovisual and motion capture research facility, allowing the scientific study of music performance, spatial audio, dance, gesture, rhythm and synchrony. With a seating capacity of 40 people via retractable seating, the Performance Lab is an ideal venue for functions, conferences, musical performances, and research.
The Performance Lab is used to support the following areas of the Art & Music Sciences research theme:
Perception and cognition of music for Western and non-Western listeners – e.g., affective responses to musical loudness, timbre, harmony, tonality, rhythms, meter, and spatialisation, and the way such responses vary between cultures.
Sociocultural mediation of music production and appreciation.
Computational and algorithmic generation of music – e.g., through mathematical idealisations and deep learning.
Use of music to enhance well-being and in therapeutic contexts – e.g., investigating cognitive benefits for older adults learning musical instruments, and using music to positively influence mood.
Studying musical performance and interaction between performers – e.g., how the rhythmic timing of one performer influences another performer.
Effects of music on the brain – e.g., using EEG to show how heard rhythms are transformed into brainwaves.
Development and testing of new musical interfaces – hardware and software – designed to facilitate the production of conventional and novel music (e.g., microtonal or polyrhythmic).
Composition and performance of new and experimental music informed by the above research topics (research-led practice).