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CSML Facility

The Cognitive & Systematic Musicology Laboratory (CSML) is one of several research laboratories at the Ohio State University that focus on the cognitive basis of musical behavior. The facility is used by faculty, post-doctoral fellows, visiting scholars and graduate students engaged in music research. The CSM Lab is overseen by Prof. David Huron and administered by the School of Music. Our research group emphasizes computer-based musicology and psychological experimentation.

Computational Musicology allows the testing of hypotheses using digitized musical artifacts such as notated scores or audio files. Each workstation in the lab allows access to a library of databases containing over 10,000 notated musical scores. Our digital library includes music in from Bartók to barbershop quartets, from Zarlino to Zulu songs. The Humdrum Toolkit permits a wide variety of analytic applications within a UNIX-like environment. The CSML contains eight workstations, equipped with Macintosh, Windows, and Linux systems.

Psychological Experiments are conducted within two Industrial Acoustics Corporation sound attenuation rooms, housed by the CSML. Each room is outfitted for sound/music playback and computer-based data collection of subjective reports, performed passages, as well as EEG information. Mixers, synthesizers, analog and digital recording interfaces, and other audio components are available.

We are supported by the School of Music's Music Research Program, which provides ready access to a subject pool of undergraduate students who can elect to participate in musical experiments as part of their course credit requirements. This program provides researchers throughout the School of Music with access to musician participants for experimental research. The program runs October through May each school year.

Amenities. Graduate students and visitors have 24-hour year-round access to the CSM lab. The lab provides a pleasant working and social environment with amenities such as a sofa, reading chair, telephone, refrigerator, microwave, coffee-maker, stereo, and large-screen HDTV. This state-of-the-art television and sound system would never used, of course, for such events as movie nights or Superbowl parties. Ever.