[ The MIT Media Lab's Music Mind and Machine group is no longer active. This site provides background on some of the people and projects that were associated with this research.
The Music, Mind, and Machine Group at the MIT Media Laboratory is a research group focusing on music and the cognitive investigations describing it. Ranging from the automatic detection of features in existing audio content to the future of efficient transmission over the internet, the group's mission is to determine and characterize music cognition on both micro and macroscopic scales. The wide variety of projects and research use empirical and theoretical methods to learn more about the structure of music (tempo, timbre, rhythm, etc.) as well as its effect on sociological groups (genre determination, human emotional response, prediction of human rhythm).
This group envisages a new future of audio technologies and interactive applications that will change the way music is conceived, created, transmitted and experienced, and we are active participants in every facet of this exciting future. Be sure to explore our web site, try out our demonstrations on site, and feel free to ask any questions about our research.