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The presentation below provides an overview of my research interests. The overarching goal of my research is to develop methodologies to learn about the creative process by examining creative products and to orient these findings within the cultural contexts in which the works are created. This work integrates domain knowledge and skill sets from traditional music-theoretical and musicological approaches, perceptual and behavioural psychology, signal processing, and machine learning.

My work has implications for developing computational models of human performance of music. Specifically, modelling the subtle changes in the human performers’ timing, loudness, pitch, and timbre in combination with the ways in which humans interact when performing together facilitates the development of robotic performers and their integration into ensemble performance contexts. My work can be situated within the digital humanities, with its particular focus on audio creative products in contrast to the current dominance of text-based studies. 

Current Research Projects

Creative Materials

Developing Representations for Symbolic Music Processing


Experiments on Performance Practice

Digitizing the Performance Scores in the Publications from Carl Seashore’s Lab

Creative Products

Perceptually-Meaningful Extraction of Performance Data from Recordings


Implications of Performance Analysis for Scholars and Listeners

Older Research Projects

Pitch Spelling

  • Devaney, J. 2005. Pitch Spelling: Towards a More Holistic Generalized Spelling Algorithm MA Paper. Columbia University.

Music of Elliott Carter

Pedagogical Applications of Music Software

Composing in Alternative Temperaments

Current trends in musicological approaches to the music of Monteverdi

Study of Temperament Notation Systems from the Renaissance to the Present

  • Devaney, J. 2002. Notating Temperaments. Paper for GS/MUSI 6530 3.0 Directed Reading course with Michael Coghlan.

Analysis of Modernist elements in the work of Ralph Vaughan Williams

Civic Music in Late Renaissance Venice

Digital Re-creations of the Tuning Systems of Nicola Vicentino

  • Devaney, J. 1999. Realizing Temperaments. Talk given for the Computer and Music Reading Group, University of Toronto.