Dr Andrew J. Milne

Research Program: Music Cognition and Action


Andrew joined the MARCS Institute as a postdoctoral research fellow in late 2013, shortly after completing his PhD in Computational Musicology at The Open University, UK. In 2016, he won an ARC DECRA award ($369,000) for a three-year research project entitled “Uncovering Universal Mechanisms for the Communication of Musical Emotion.”

His current research focus is on musical tonality and meter; for example, using perceptual and cognitive processes to explain why differing successions of chords induce differing feelings of expectation and resolution. His research also engages with new musical interfaces, including the algorithmic generation of music, as exemplified by his suite of free music applications available at the Dynamic Tonality website, which includes the widely used musical loop generator XronoMorph.

Research Interests

  • Music perception & cognition
  • New musical interfaces
  • Sound and music computing
  • Cognitive science
  • Computational modelling

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 6151
LocationWestern Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)