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Music and Science

Wednesday 6th, May 2015

Department of Physics and Coull Quartet, University of Warwick

Organisers: R. Coull, N. Roberts, R.A. Römer

Conference email:


Background and Purpose

A one-day meeting to be hosted in Physics on Science and Music to bring together Warwick and non-Warwick staff and students across faculties with both “academic” and “creative” external speakers. This is part of an IATL-funded initiative to create a cross-faculty new module for undergraduates about "Science and Music" to be taught starting 2015.

Our vision: "In the module, we aim to introduce students (in all subject areas and with any level of musical expertise) to the relationships between science, music and mathematics. Students will develop an appreciation and understanding of the complex interplay of mathematics and physics with technological, cultural and historical factors inherent in the making and appreciation of music. The course will also touch on aspects of physiology, and psychology in the perception of music and the inspiration of mathematical and scientific ideas in musical composition."

Sounds good? Then register, come along and help us to understand what we should do to turn our vision into reality!

Exam clashes: We know that this day is difficult for students preparing for exams. Unfortunately, due in part to the performance schedule of the quartet, this was the only available day not directly in the exam period. Participants wanting to attend for part of the day only are welcome do to so! Please still register even if you attend a single talk only. This will allow us to gauge the level of interest in the event as well as in the planned module.



This is a nearly-final programme (010515).

Time Title Speaker
09:00-09:50 Registration + tea/coffee/biscuits  
09:50-10:00 Welcome  
Morning Chair: Rudo Römer
10:00-10:50 Around violin making
[with music demonstrations by the Coull Quartet]
Bruno Guastalla (violin maker and restorer, Oxford Violins)
10:50-11:00 discussion  
11:00-11:50 Auditory Perception Malik Refaat (University of Warwick)
11:50-12:00 discussion  
12:00-13:30 Lunch Break + poster session + live rehearsal of the Coull Quartet  
Afternoon Chair: Nick Roberts
13:30-14:20 Music ensemble timing skill
[with music demonstrations by the Coull Quartet]
Alan Wing and Dominic Ward (Birmingham University)
14:20-14:30 discussion  
14:30-15:20 Using sound to understand the electron beam behaviour in a synchrotron Guenther Rehm (Diamond Light Source)
15:20-15:30 discussion  
15:30-16:00 Tea Break + poster session  
Prevening Chair: Roger Coull
16:00-16:50 Feeling Sound - What music can teach us about sequential and parallel thinking
[with music demonstrations by the Coull Quartet]
Christopher Gayford (Conductor)
16:50-17:00 discussion  
17:00-17:50 The Mathematics of Music Richard Gratwick (University of Warwick)
17:00-18:00 discussion  
18:00 - Farewell  



Please contact if you think this workshop is interesting and want more information. Unless you are an invited speaker, we will not be able to pay for any expenses.

The symposium will start May 6th, 2015, at 9-10am at the University of Warwick. Note that the university is located at the outskirts of Coventry and not in Warwick. See for travel details and for maps of the central campus. In case you come by car, parking is available for delegates at car park 15.

This list of participants is preliminary.

Name Affiliation Status
Talha Ahmad Warwick Student
Rohan Amliwala Warwick Student
William Bolton Warwick Student
Nicola Branscombe Warwick Student
Peter Brommer Warwick Staff
Sue Burrows Warwick Staff
Rob Channon Warwick Student
Mohammad Bazli Che Rozenan Warwick Student
Eu Meng Chong Warwick Student
Winnie Chua University of Birmingham Staff
Oliver Crook Warwick Student
Rachel Edwards Warwick Staff
Rasa Giniunaite Warwick Student
Stephanie Glenister Warwick Student
Stephanie Glover Warwick Student
Steven Granados Warwick Student
Jacob Hollebon Warwick Student
Biser Hong Warwick Student
Amy Hopper Warwick Student
Oliver Hutter Warwick Student
John Landor London Musical Arts Staff
Joe Marsh Rossney Warwick Student
Kenneth Marshall Warwick Student
Dan Martin Warwick Organizer
Clement Mawby Warwick Student
Bethany McDonagh Warwick Student
Kaja Milczewska Warwick Student
Caleb Owusu-Yianoma Warwick Student
David Pardo Warwick Student
Michelle Kelly Parker Warwick Student
Ben Pooley Warwick Student
Michael Pounds Warwick Staff
Stephen Rayner Warwick Student
Alexandra Richards Warwick Student
Nick Roberts Coull Quartet Organizer
Rudo Roemer Warwick Organizer
Jan Rombouts Warwick Student
Justina Sarkaite Warwick Student
Abigail Shum Warwick Student
Timothy Sit Warwick Student
Charlotte Slade Warwick Student
Eleanor Slann Warwick Student
Sophie Tan Warwick Student
Henry Todman Warwick Student
Iliyana Trifonova Warwick Student
Oksana Trushkevych Warwick Staff
Martin Tyler Warwick Student
Nicholas Wynn Watkins London School of Economics Staff
Kitt Wong Warwick Student
Dawn Wood Warwick Student
Danny Yen Warwick Student
Yan Zhang Warwick Student
Total Attendees:


Venue and Accommodation

Registration and all talks will be held in the Helen Martin Studio of the Warwick Arts Centre. This is building 68 of the Warwick central campus.

The workshop will start with the registration at the University of Warwick. Note that the university is located at the outskirts of Coventry and not in Warwick. See for travel details and for maps of the central campus. In case you come by car, parking is available for delegates at car park 15.

Accommodation for invited speakers shall be provided at

Radcliffe Training & Conference Centre
The University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Road
Coventry, CV4 7AL UK
Tel: +44 (0) 24 7647 4711
Fax: +44 (0) 24 7669 4282

In case you are self-invited, please call the conference centre directly and arrange your stay.



Prof. Rudolf A Römer
Physics Department
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)24 76574328
Fax: +44 (0)24 76150897

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