Alex Khalil; Timescapes: quantitative and qualitative approaches to timing in music


27/11/2019 - 27/11/2019


1:00PM - 2:00PM


Old McMordie Hall, Music Building, University Road, BT71NN

Alex Khalil (University College Cork, Institute for Neural Computation, University of California, San Diego) Timescapes: quantitative and qualitative approaches to timing in music

Alexander Khalil is an ethnomusicologist and cognitive scientist specializing in music learning and transmission, musicality in human interaction, and the perception of time. Informed by his long experience as a chanter in the Greek Orthodox tradition, his ethnographic work investigates timing and temporality amongst chanters both at ancient centers of the tradition, such as Constantinople (present-day Istanbul), and in diaspora. 

Khalil's work in cognitive science connects the ability to synchronize—or co-process time—rhythmically with other cognitive skills such as attention behaviour and so links the practice of music to broader areas of cognition. Khalil received his doctorate in music at the University of California, San Diego in 2009. Upon completing his Ph.D., Khalil joined the department of Cognitive Science at UCSD as a postdoctoral scholar and fellow at the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center, a National Science Foundation Science of Learning Center.

In 2014 he joined the Institute for Neural Computation, also based at UCSD, as a project scientist where he developed methods for EEG recording with multiple people, also known as “hyperscanning”, in ecological environments.

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School of AEL

Queen's University Belfast

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