Wednesday, July 3, 2013

BKN25 Symposium: Milestones in Music Cognition

Milestones in Music Cognition: A Quarter-Century Celebration of Books
by Bregman, Krumhansl and Narmour (BKN25)

In 1990, three major books were published that were to become
transformative pillars in the field of music cognition research and

Albert Bregman's Auditory Scene Analysis: The Perceptual Organization
of Sound, MIT Press.

Carol Lynne Krumhansl's The Cognitive Foundations of Musical Pitch,
Oxford University Press, and

Eugene Narmour's The Analysis and Cognition of Basic Melodic
Structures: The Implication-Realization Model. The University of
Chicago Press.

In anticipation of the 25th anniversary of these influential tomes, a
two-day symposium will be held at the Schulich School of Music of
McGill University in Montreal July 7-8, 2014. The symposium will be
composed of opening and closing keynote addresses, three sessions with
invited speakers reflecting upon the impact of the honorees' work on
the fields of music psychology, music theory, cognitive neuroscience
and engineering, and a contributed poster session. Musical interludes
will be provided by the students and faculty of the Schulich School of
Music. The invited talks include:

Opening introduction: Lola Cuddy, Queen's University

Opening keynote: Caroline Palmer, McGill University

Session in honor of Albert Bregman (chaired by Stephen McAdams, McGill

Claude Alain, Rotman Research Institute and University of Toronto

Dan Ellis, Columbia University

David Huron, Ohio State University

Albert Bregman, McGill University (discussant)

Session in honor of Carol Lynne Krumhansl (chaired by David Temperley,
Eastman School of Music)

Elaine Chew, Queen Mary University of London

Fred Lerdahl, Columbia University

William Forde Thompson, Macquarie University

Carol Lynne Krumhansl, Cornell University (discussant)

Session in honor of Eugene Narmour (chaired by Alexander Rozin, West
Chester University)

Justin London, Carleton College

Frank Russo, Ryerson University

Zohar Eitan, Tel Aviv University

Eugene Narmour, University of Pennsylvania (discussant)

Closing keynote: Robert Gjerdingen, Northwestern University

Poster session (open to submissions)

Participants who wish to present their own work in the poster session
may submit abstracts to the email address ( by
March 1, 2014. The posters should present current research that
relates in a direct way to the work of one or more of the honorees.
Abstracts should be no more than 200 words. A selection committee will
examine the submissions and authors will be informed of the outcome by
April 1, 2014.

A special issue of Music Perception to honor these three books will be
organized by guest editors David Temperley, Alexander Rozin and
Stephen McAdams, targeting the June 2015 issue. Manuscripts for this
special issue should be submitted directly to the journal by October
1, 2014 (indicate in the cover letter that the submission is intended
for the special issue). Speakers and poster presenters at the McGill
symposium are encouraged to submit. All manuscripts will be reviewed
through the normal procedure. The final versions of all submissions
must be accepted by February 28, 2015 to be considered for inclusion
in the special issue. Due to the limited page space for a single
issue, papers that are deemed acceptable for publication in Music
Perception but for which space is not available will appear in
subsequent issues of the journal.

We hope the music cognition community will join us in celebrating our
colleagues both at the symposium and through their submissions to the
special issue. Further information concerning registration and lodging
possibilities for the symposium will be available in the near future
on the symposium website: But mark
this momentous event in your calendar now!

The organizing committee

Lola Cuddy

Stephen McAdams

Alexander Rozin

David Temperley