Doctor Andrew Milne

Doctor Andrew Milne

Senior Research Fellow in Music Cognition and Computation,
MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development

Senior Research Fellow in Music Cognition and Computation,
MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development

Biography

I am a Senior Research Fellow in Music Cognition and Computation, and former DECRA fellow, working at the interface of music, cognitive science, and computing, and their implications for creativity, education, and well-being. I have published more than 45 peer-reviewed articles, conference proceedings, and book chapters. My recent research has included cross-cultural music cognition (including on-site field experiments in a remote Papua New Guinean community), the cognition of familiar and unfamiliar (microtonal) harmony, cognitive mechanisms and mathematical models related to the perception, performance, and algorithmic generation of complex rhythms, the perception of timbral change, and developing new musical interfaces in public art, therapeutic, and educational settings. I develop several free music software applications, which allow smooth control of the relationships between the spectra of tones in a scale or chord, and the Music Perception Toolbox for extracting several psychoacoustic and structural features from symbolic and audio musical data.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Milne.

Qualifications

  • PhD The Open University
  • MA University of Jyvaskyla

Professional Memberships

  • ESCOM (European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of of Music) (2019)

Awards

  • ARC DECRA (DE170100353) 2017-02-01
  • Department of Family and Community Services - 20211.58442 2018-06-01
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language - 20211.51582 2020-09-01

Interests

  • Musical Interfaces
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computational Modelling
  • Music Composition
  • Music and Emotion

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development
  • MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development

Committees

  • MARCS Institute Research Committee

Contact

Email: A.Milne@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9772 6151
Mobile: 0424717851
Location: U.6.14
Westmead

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Teaching

Current Teaching Areas

  • PERF1014 Music Production
  • PERF2029 Music Project 1: Multimedia

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 100980 Psychology Honours Thesis, 2016
  • 100980 Psychology Honours Thesis, 2017
  • 100980 Psychology Honours Thesis, 2018
  • 101541 Advanced Topics in Psychology, 2018
  • 101541 Advanced Topics in Psychology, 2019
  • 101680 Perception, 2016
  • 101680 Perception, 2017
  • 101680 Perception, 2018
  • 101680 Perception, 2019
  • 102561 Digital Musicianship, 2018
  • 102758 Interactive Electronic Media and Performance, 2020
  • 102758 Interactive Electronic Media and Performance, 2021
  • 102761 Electronic Music Production, 2020
  • 102761 Electronic Music Production, 2021
  • 102783 Perception (online), 2020
  • 300579 Professional Experience, 2020
  • 800168 Research Fields, 2016
  • 800173 Cognitive Science: Research and Application, 2015
  • 800173 Cognitive Science: Research and Application, 2016
  • 800173 Cognitive Science: Research and Application, 2017
  • 800173 Cognitive Science: Research and Application, 2018
  • 800193 Master of Research Thesis Examination, 2016

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Milne, A. and Olsen, K. (2021), 'Pitch, timbre, and rhythm', The Science and Psychology of Music, ABC-CLIO 9781440857713.
  • Hilton, C., Calilhanna, A. and Milne, A. (2019), 'Visualizing and sonifying mathematical music theory with software applications : implications of computer-based models for practice and education', Theoretical and Practical Pedagogy of Mathematical Music Theory: Music for Mathematics and Mathematics for Music, Form School to Postgraduate Levels, World Scientific 9789813228344.
  • Milne, A. (2019), 'XronoMorph : investigating paths through rhythmic space', New Directions in Music and Human-Computer Interaction, Springer 9783319920689.
  • Milne, A. (2018), 'Linking sonic aesthetics with mathematical theories', The Oxford Handbook of Algorithmic Music, Oxford University Press 9780190226992.

Journal Articles

  • Smit, E., Milne, A., Dean, R. and Weidemann, G. (2022), 'Making the unfamiliar familiar : the effect of exposure on ratings of unfamiliar musical chords', Musicae Scientiae, vol 26, no 2 , pp 339 - 363.
  • Smit, E., Milne, A., Dean, R. and Weidemann, G. (2022), 'Evaluative conditioning of responses to unfamiliar chords by exposure to valenced images', Psychology of Music, vol 50, no 2 , pp 579 - 595.
  • Smit, E., Milne, A. and Escudero, P. (2022), 'Music perception abilities and ambiguous word learning : is there cross-domain transfer in nonmusicians?', Frontiers in Psychology, vol 13 .
  • Macritchie, J., Breaden, M., Taylor, J. and Milne, A. (2022), 'Exploring older adult needs and preferences for technology-assisted group music-making. A qualitative analysis of data collected during the participatory user-centred design process', Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, .
  • Chmiel, A., Milne, A., Dean, R. and Schubert, E. (2022), '[In Press] Increasing music preference through guided self-framing : a comparison of historical and imaginative approaches', Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, .
  • Short, A., Cheung, G., Smit, E. and Milne, A. (2022), 'Audio analysis reveals mutual associations between clients' and therapists' vocal timbres in guided imagery and music sessions', The Arts in Psychotherapy, vol 80 .
  • Smit, E., Milne, A., Sarvasy, H. and Dean, R. (2022), 'Emotional responses in Papua New Guinea show negligible evidence for a universal effect of major versus minor music', PLoS One, vol 17, no 6 .
  • Bulger, D., Milne, A. and Dean, R. (2022), 'A point-process model of tapping along to difficult rhythms', Journal of Mathematical Psychology, vol 111 .
  • Smit, E. and Milne, A. (2021), 'The need for composite models of music perception : consonance in tuning systems (familiar or unfamiliar) cannot be explained by a single predictor', Music Perception, vol 38, no 3 , pp 335 - 336.
  • Taylor, J., Milne, A. and MacRitchie, J. (2021), '[In Press] New musical interfaces for older adults in residential care : assessing a user-centred design approach', Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, .
  • Dean, R., Bulger, D. and Milne, A. (2021), 'On the roles of complexity and symmetry in cued tapping of well-formed complex rhythms : descriptive statistics and time series analysis', Music Perception, vol 39, no 2 , pp 202 - 225.
  • MacRitchie, J., Breaden, M., Milne, A. and McIntyre, S. (2020), 'Cognitive, motor and social factors of music instrument training programs for older adults' improved wellbeing', Frontiers in Psychology, vol 10 .
  • Smit, E., Dobrowohl, F., Schaal, N., Milne, A. and Herff, S. (2020), 'Perceived emotions of harmonic cadences', Music and Science, vol 3 , pp 1 - 13.
  • Milne, A. and Herff, S. (2020), 'The perceptual relevance of balance, evenness, and entropy in musical rhythms', Cognition, vol 203 .
  • Herff, S., Herff, C., Milne, A., Johnson, G., Shih, J. and Krusienski, D. (2020), 'Prefrontal high gamma in ECoG tags periodicity of musical rhythms in perception and imagination', eNeuro, vol 7, no 4 , pp 1 - 11.
  • Dobrowohl, F., Milne, A. and Dean, R. (2019), 'Timbre preferences in the context of mixing music', Applied Sciences, vol 9, no 8 .
  • Dean, R., Milne, A. and Bailes, F. (2019), 'Spectral pitch similarity is a predictor of perceived change in sound- as well as note-based music', Music and Science, vol 2 , pp 1 - 14.
  • Dobrowohl, F., Milne, A. and Dean, R. (2019), 'Controlling perception thresholds for changing timbres in continuous sounds', Organised Sound, vol 24, no Special Issue 1 , pp 71 - 84.
  • Smit, E., Milne, A., Dean, R. and Weidemann, G. (2019), 'Perception of affect in unfamiliar musical chords', PLoS One, vol 14, no 6 .
  • Taylor, J. and Milne, A. (2019), 'The Rhythmotron', Leonardo Music Journal, vol 29 , pp 67 - 72.
  • Stanford, S., Milne, A. and MacRitchie, J. (2018), 'The effect of isomorphic pitch layouts on the transfer of musical learning', Applied Sciences, vol 8, no 12 .
  • MacRitchie, J. and Milne, A. (2017), 'Exploring the effects of pitch layout on learning a new musical instrument', Applied Sciences, vol 7, no 12 .
  • Milne, A., Bulger, D. and Herff, S. (2017), 'Exploring the space of perfectly balanced rhythms and scales', Journal of Mathematics and Music, vol 11, no 2-3 , pp 101 - 133.
  • Milne, A. and Dean, R. (2016), 'Computational creation and morphing of multi-level rhythms by control of evenness', Computer Music Journal, vol 40, no 1 , pp 35 - 53.
  • Milne, A., Laney, R. and Sharp, D. (2016), 'Testing a spectral model of tonal affinity with microtonal melodies and inharmonic spectra', Musicae Scientiae, vol 20, no 4 , pp 465 - 494.
  • Milne, A. and Holland, S. (2016), 'Empirically testing Tonnetz, voice-leading, and spectral models of perceived triadic distance', Journal of Mathematics and Music, vol 10, no 1 , pp 59 - 85.
  • Milne, A., Laney, R. and Sharp, D. (2015), 'A spectral pitch class model of the probe tone data and scalic tonality', Music Perception, vol 32, no 4 , pp 364 - 393.
  • Prechtl, A., Milne, A., Holland, S., Laney, R. and Sharp, D. (2012), 'A MIDI sequencer that widens access to the compositional possibilities of novel tunings', Computer Music Journal, vol 36, no 1 , pp 42 - 54.
  • Milne, A., Sethares, W., Laney, R. and Sharp, D. (2011), 'Modelling the similarity of pitch collections with expectation tensors', Journal of Mathematics and Music, vol 5, no 1 , pp 1 - 20.
  • Sethares, W., Milne, A., Tiedje, S., Prechtl, A. and Plamondon, J. (2009), 'Spectral tools for dynamic tonality and audio morphing', Computer Music Journal, vol 33, no 2 , pp 71 - 84.
  • Milne, A., Sethares, W. and Plamondon, J. (2008), 'Tuning continua and keyboard layouts', Journal of Mathematics and Music, vol 2, no 1 , pp 1 - 19.
  • Milne, A., Sethares, W. and Plamondon, J. (2007), 'Isomorphic controllers and dynamic tuning : invariant fingering over a tuning continuum', Computer Music Journal, vol 31, no 4 , pp 15 - 32.

Conference Papers

  • Milne, A. and Calilhanna, A. (2019), 'Teaching music with mathematics : a pilot study', International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music, Madrid, Spain.
  • Hearne, G., Milne, A. and Dean, R. (2019), 'Distributional analysis of n-dimensional feature space for 7-note scales in 22-TET', International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music, Madrid, Spain.
  • Hamilton, T., Doai, J., Milne, A., Saisanas, V., Calilhanna, A., Hilton, C., Goldwater, M. and Cohn, R. (2018), 'Teaching mathematics with music : a pilot study', IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment and Learning for Engineering, Wollongong, N.S.W..
  • MacRitchie, J. and Milne, A. (2017), 'Evaluation of the learnability and playability of pitch layouts in new musical instruments', Sound and Music Computing Conference, Espoo, Finland.
  • Herff, S., Johnson, G., Milne, A., Herff, C., Shih, J. and Krusienski, D. (2017), 'Signal characterization for a musical rhythm BCI', IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual International Conference, Jeju Island, Korea.
  • Milne, A., Herff, S., Bulger, D., Sethares, W. and Dean, R. (2016), 'XronoMorph : algorithmic generation of perfectly balanced and well-formed rhythms', International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Brisbane, Qld..
  • Milne, A., Bulger, D., Herff, S. and Sethares, W. (2015), 'Perfect balance : a novel principle for the construction of musical scales and meters', MCM, London, UK.
  • Milne, A., Carle, M., Sethares, W., Noll, T. and Holland, S. (2011), 'Scratching the scale labyrinth', International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music, Paris, France.
  • Milne, A., Xambo, A., Laney, R., Sharp, D., Prechtl, A. and Holland, S. (2011), 'Hex player : a virtual musical controller', International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Oslo, Norway.
  • Milne, A. (2010), 'Tonal music theory : a psychoacoustic explanation?', International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, University of Washington.
  • Milne, A., Sethares, W., Laney, R. and Sharp, D. (2010), 'Metrics for pitch collections', International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, University of Washington.

Exhibitions

  • 2017, 'Rhythmotron'

Other Publications

  • 2018, 'Resonances', Recorded Work
  • 2017, 'Primitive Minimals; My Only Friend', Recorded Work
  • 2016, 'Babylon 19|30', Recorded Work
  • 2016, 'Babylon 19|30', Recorded Work
  • 2014, 'Red-backed Fairy-wren', Recorded Work
  • 2014, 'Serial Meantimes', Recorded Work
  • 2006, 'X_System', Report

My research interests are in the fields of music computing, music perception and cognition, and mathematical modelling. I aim to synthesize knowledge in these areas to create predictive and generative models of musical communication. 

I am particularly interested in models that embody perceptual and cognitive universals that exist prior to, or independently of, musical exposure. Such models have the capacity to explain how music can communicate across personal and cultural differences, and to generate new forms of music (e.g., microtonal, spectral, ametrical) grounded in those universals. 

I provide resources of music perception models at www.dynamictonality.com/portfolio and creative musical applications at www.dynamictonality.com. Music I have composed and performed – both with and without these applications – is available at soundcloud.com/andrew-j-milne.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Milne.

Previous Projects

Title: The impact of music and musical abilities on cross-situational word learning [Eline Smit]
Funder:
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language
Western Researchers: Paola Escudero Neyra and Andrew Milne
Years: 2020-09-01 - 2021-06-30
ID: P00026556
Title: Interactive Music-making for older adults in aged care
Funder:
  • Department of Family and Community Services
Western Researchers: Jennifer Macritchie, Andrew Milne and John Taylor
Years: 2018-06-01 - 2019-08-31
ID: P00024635
Title: Uncovering universal mechanisms for the communication of musical emotion
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Andrew Milne
Years: 2017-02-01 - 2022-10-31
ID: P00023370

Supervision

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: A CANARY IN A COALMINE: RHYTHMIC ENTRAINMENT IN LIVE PERFORMANCE AS A TOOL FOR ANXIETY REDUCTION
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Maintaining Active Minds and Bodies through older adult music education
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Music Instrument Learning throughout Ageing and Cognitive Impairment
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Subtextual Voice: The Sounding of the Silenced Voice
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Timbral transformation in contemporary music: event generation, perception thresholds and mixing preferences
Field of Research: Health, N.e.c.
Thesis Title: The Cognition of Harmonic Tonality in Microtonal Scales
Field of Research: Music
Thesis Title: Investigating the Regency Effect in Intonation Drift
Field of Research: Psychology
Thesis Title: Perception of Affect in Unfamiliar Music
Field of Research: Behavioural Science; Psychology; Music

Media

Title: Dynamic Tonality
Description: Music software applications: The Viking, 2032, Transformer, Hex, Relayer, XronoMorph
Title: XronoMorph YouTube channel
Description: Demonstration videos and forum for XronoMorph the rhythmic loop generator

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