Dr Andrew J. Milne

Research Program: Music Cognition and ActionAndrew J. Milne


Andrew Milne joined MARCS and the Music Cognition and Action program from The Open University in the UK, where he recently received his PhD on performance, perception and computational modelling of tonal and microtonal music systems. He has developed and analysed specialised interfaces for efficient realisation of some of the unusual tuning systems amongst his set.

Besides research, Andy also produces 'post-punk' microtonal music, rock and beyond. He is working mainly with Roger Dean, and will contribute to ongoing studies in melody cognition involving microtonal and electroacoustic themes, while also developing his own directions in tonal perception and new musical interfaces.

Research Interests

  • Music perception and cognition
  • Computational models of how acoustical features (timbre) affect the affinity, tension and resolution of successions of tones and chords
  • Musical scale theory, including well-formed scales and spatial representations of pitch
  • Software to facilitate composition and performance of microtonal music

Qualifications and Honours

  • PhD, 'A Computational Model of the Cognition of Tonality', The Open University, UK, 2013
  • MA in Music, Mind and Technology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, 2009
  • BA (Hons) in Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University, UK, 1988


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Music Cognition and Computation

Full Publications

For a full listing of my publications please see my personal publications page.(opens in a new window)

Contact Andrew

Phone+61 2 9772 6253
LocationWestern Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)