Pushing the Boundaries of Musical Expression

November 29 - Dec 1 2017, Bar Ilan University, Israel
We ask broad questions that over time we expect will become an important foundation of our research:
Are there common generative mechanisms in music and mind that can account for the extreme diversity in music across culture and genre,
could they be modeled within a new predictive theory, what it would take to get there, and if so, what are the implications on art, science, and creative expression?

Please contact us if you are interested to participate, attend, or would like additional details.

Presentations by:


o Prof. Jonathan Berger, CCRMA department of music, Stanford University
“An integrated approach to detecting and measuring music engagement”
o Prof. Moshe Bar, Director, Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan
“Exploration and exploitation in the human brain”
o Prof. Naftali Tishby, The Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences
“What can we learn about human creativity from the success of Machine & Deep Learning?”
o Prof. Eli Nelken, Director, The Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences
“Processing of sounds in the auditory system - not what you think”
o Prof. Idan Segev, The Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences
“Expanding Creative Bounds”
o Dr. Daniel Oppenheim, Chairman' IRMaM
Keynote:”The IRMaM Vision”, Presentation: ”Unleashing creative expression in music: an introduction”
o Dr. Shai Cohen, Head, Bar-Ilan Music Technologies Program
“Compositional analysis and synthesis In Search for artistic potential”
o Dr. Roni Granot, Musicology Department, Faculty of Humanities the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
“Listening to brightness, playing sharpness: A study of cross-modal communication in music ”
o Dr. Avi Gilboa, Head, Department of Music, Bar-Ilan University
“How can music therapy benefit from-and contribute-to IRMaM”
o Prof. Georg Hajdu, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, Germany
“Music Composition, concert with Meitar Ensemble”
o Revital Hollander, College of Management
“Different approaches for using technology in order to enhance creativity”
o Assaf Talmudi, Musician and Researcher
“The Borgesian Map problem of Deep Learning and Music”
o Amit Dolberg and the Meitar Ensemble
“Resident performance group”
Pushing the Boundaries of Musical Expression Bar-Ilan University, November 29 through December 1, 2017, Israel The Faculty of Humanities of musicThe conference will be held in English | Admission is free but please RSVP to: https://goo.gl/6fi8WwThe conference is supported by the Office of the Rector and by the Office of the Vice President for ResearchIRMaM - The Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Music and Mind An International Conference on Research in Music and CreativityFriday, December 1Wednesday, November 29Thursday, November 30 Gathering and refreshments9:00 Gathering and refreshments9:30 Gathering and refreshments9:30 Breakout Sessions: Topics of Interest Small-group discussion will discuss topics raised during the conference 9:30-10:15 Session 3: Creation and Experience: the Individual, Genre, and Culture Chair: Dr. Stephen Horenstein Dr. Avi GilboaDr. Roni Granot, Department of Musicology, the Hebrew University Dr. Shai Cohen, Head, Bar-Ilan Music Technologies Program 10:00-11:30 Open: Prof. Arie Zaban, President, Bar-Ilan University Prof. Miriam Faust, Rector, Bar-Ilan University Dr. Avi Gilboa, Head, Music Department, Bar-Ilan University Prof. Eitan Avitzur, Founder, Bar-Ilan Music Technologies Program10:00-10:30 Round Table 3: Summary Summary of Conference & Breakout sessions – different points-of-view Round Table 4: Operational next steps: how to make IRMaM successful 10:30-12:30 Session 4: Media Platform Chair: Prof. Jonathan Berger Dr. Daniel Oppenheim, Chairman, IRMaM Dr. Dan Gang, AIResearcherRevital Hollander, College of Management Assaf Talmudi, Composer and researcher12:00-14:00 Session 1: Vision The IRMaM vision, challenges, and strategy. Dr. Daniel Oppenheim, Chairman, Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Music and Mind: IRMaM10:30-11:30Round Table / Brainstorm 2: Envisioning New Approaches For Creative Expression Chair: Prof. Georg Hajdu Dr. Daniel Oppenheim, Dr. Stephen Horenstein, Revital Hollander, Assaf Talmudi15:00-16:30 Session 2: Generative Mechanisms in Music and Mind Chair: Prof. Eitan Avitzur Prof. Eli Nelken, Director, The Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, Hebrew UniversityProf. Naftali Tishby, The Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, Hebrew University Prof. Jonathan Berger, CCRMA Department of Music, Stanford University, Prof. Moshe Bar, Director, Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan12:00-14:00Open Rehearsal with Meitar Ensemble Prof. Georg Hajdu, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, Germany17:00-18:30 Round Table / Brainstorm 1: Expanding Creative Bounds Chair: Prof. Jonathan Berger Dr. Daniel Oppenheim, Prof. Georg Hajdu, Prof. Idan Segev, Prof. Moshe Bar, Prof. Naftali Tishby, Dr. Dan Gang 15:00-16:30Concert with Meitar Ensemble Prof. Georg Hajdu, Dr. Shai Cohen, Ofer Pelz, Marcin Stańczyk19:00-20:30 Open Rehearsal with Meitar Ensemble: Dr. Shai Cohen, Ofer Pelz, Marcin Stańczyk17:00-18:30