Publications

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Thesis

Sears, David R. W. 2016. The Classical Cadence as a Closing Schema: Learning, Memory, and Perception. PhD Dissertation, McGill University. pdf

Articles

Sears, David R. W., Marcus T. Pearce, William E. Caplin, and Stephen McAdams. Forthcoming. “Simulating Melodic and Harmonic Expectations for Tonal Cadences Using Probabilistic Models.” Journal of New Music Research.

Ogg, Mattson, David R. W. Sears, Manuela Marin, and Stephen McAdams. 2017. “Psychophysiological Indices of Music-Evoked Emotions in Musicians.” Music Perception 35 (9): 38–59. pdf

Chuen, Lorraine, David R. W. Sears, and Stephen McAdams. 2016. “Psychophysiological Responses to Auditory Change.” Psychophysiology 53 (6): 891–904. pdf

Sears, David R. W., William E. Caplin, and Stephen McAdams. 2014. “Perceiving the Classical Cadence.” Music Perception 31 (5): 397–417. pdf

Sears, David R. W. 2011. “What is a Cadence? Theoretical and Analytical Perspectives on Cadences in the Classical Repertoire.” Conference Report. Eighteenth Century Music 8 (2): 361–4. pdf

Sears, David R. W. 2008. “Processing Surprise Tension in Tonal Melodies.” Inquiry Research Journal 9: 16–23.

Sears, David R. W., Marcus T. Pearce, Jacob Spitzer, William E. Caplin, and Stephen McAdams. Submitted. “Expectations for Tonal Cadences: Sensory and Cognitive Priming Effects.”

Book Chapters

Sears, David R. W. 2015. “The Perception of Cadential Closure.” In What is a Cadence? Theoretical and Analytical Perspectives on Cadences in the Classical Repertoire, edited by Markus Neuwirth and Pieter Bergé, 251–83. Leuven: Leuven University Press. pdf

Trochidis, Kostas, David R. W. Sears, Diêu-Ly Trân, and Stephen McAdams. 2013. “Psychophysiological Measures of Emotional Response to Romantic Orchestral Music and their Musical and Acoustic Correlates.” In From Sounds to Music and Emotions, edited by Mitsuko Aramaki, Mathieu Barthet, Richard Kronland-Martinet, and Sølvi Ystad, 44–57. Berlin: Springer Berlin Heidelberg. pdf

Proceedings

Sears, David R. W, Andreas Arzt, Harald Frostel, Reinhard Sonnleitner, and Gerhard Widmer. 2017. “Modeling Harmony with Skip-Grams.” In Proceedings of the 18th International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR 2017), Suzhou, China. pdf

Nikrang, Ali, David R. W. Sears, and Gerhard Widmer. 2017. “Automatic Estimation of Harmonic Tension by Distributed Representation of Chords.” In Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR 2017). Porto, Centro de Alto Rendimento Artistico. pdf

Cancino-Chacón, Carlos Eduardo, Maarten Grachten, David R. W. Sears, and Gerhard Widmer. “What Were You Expecting? Using Expectancy Features to Predict Expressive Performances of Classical Piano Music.” In Music and Machine Learning (MML 2017). Barcelona, Spain.

Abstracts

Sears, David, Mattson Ogg, Mitchel Benovoy, Diêu-Ly Trân, and Stephen McAdams. 2011. “Predicting the Psychophysiological Responses of Listeners with Musical Features.” Psychophysiology. Special Issue: Society for Psychophysiological Research Abstracts for the Fifty-First Annual Meeting 48: S106. pdf

Sears, David, Mattson Ogg, Mitchel Benovoy, Gilbert Zilberstein, and Stephen McAdams. 2010. “Are Bodily Responses Pre-Musical? Psychophysiological Applications to Music Analysis.” In Proceedings of the International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition 11, 46. Peer-reviewed abstract, Seattle, University of Washington.


Conference Presentations (selected)

Sears, David and Claire Arthur. 2016. “Beneath (or Beyond) the Surface: Corpus Studies of Tonal Harmony.” Symposium presented at the 14ᵗʰ International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), San Francisco, California, July 5-9.

Sears, David and Stephen McAdams. 2016. “A Corpus Study of Tonal Harmony: Pattern Discovery Using Non-contiguous N-grams.” Paper presented at the 14ᵗʰ International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), San Francisco, California, July 5-9.

Sears, David, Marcus Pearce, William E. Caplin, and Stephen McAdams. 2015. “Statistical Learning and the Perception of Closure: How IDyOM Models Cadences.” Paper presented at the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC), Nashville, Tennessee, August 1-5.

Sears, David. 2014. “The Classical Cadence in Context: A Corpus Study of Haydn’s String Quartets.” Paper presented at the 8ᵗʰ European Music Analysis Conference (EuroMAC), Leuven, Belgium, September 17-21.

Sears, David, William E. Caplin, and Stephen McAdams. 2014. “Expecting the Classical Cadence: Priming Effects.” Paper presented at the 13ᵗʰ International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), Seoul, South Korea, August 4-8.

Fujinaga, Ichiro, David Sears, and Andrew Hankinson. 2014. “Big Data for the Music Perception and Cognition Community.” Paper presented at the 13ᵗʰ International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), Seoul, South Korea, August 4-8.

Chuen, Lorraine, David Sears, and Stephen McAdams. 2013. “Psychophysiological Responses to Auditory Change.” Poster presented at the Auditory Perception, Cognition, and Action Meeting (APCAM), Toronto, Ontario, November 14.

Sears, David. 2013. “Modeling Cadential Strength: Perception, Context, and Hierarchy.” Poster presented at the 36ᵗʰ annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory (SMT), Charlotte, North Carolina, October 31-November 3.

Sears, David, William E. Caplin, and Stephen McAdams. 2013. “Hierarchies of Cadential Closure: Effects of Training and Context.” Paper presented at the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC), Toronto, Ontario, August 8-11.

Weigl, David M., David Sears, Jason A. Hockman, Stephen McAdams, and Catherine Guastavino. 2013. “Investigating the Effects of Beat Salience on Beat Synchronization Judgements During Music Listening.” Paper presented at the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC), Toronto, Ontario, August 8-11.

Chuen, Lorraine, David Sears, and Stephen McAdams. 2013. “Psychophysiological Responses to Auditory Change.” Poster presented at the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC), Toronto, Ontario, August 8-11.

Weigl, David M., David Sears, and Catherine Guastavino. 2013. “Examining the Reliability and Predictive Validity of Beat Salience Judgements.” Poster presented at the Cognitively Based Music Informatics Research Conference (CogMIR), Toronto, Ontario, August 7.

Sears, David. 2013. “Transcribing the Sound-box: Perceptual Principles and Compositional Choices.” Paper presented at the International Conference on Analyzing Popular Music (popMac), Liverpool, United Kingdom, July 2-4.

Trochidis, Kostas, David Sears, Diêu-Ly Trân, and Stephen McAdams. 2012. “Psychophysiological Measures of Emotional Response to Romantic Orchestral Music and their Musical and Acoustic Correlates.” Paper presented at the 9ᵗʰ International Symposium on Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval, London, United Kingdom, June 19-22.

Sears, David, Mattson Ogg, Mitchel Benovoy, Diêu-Ly Trân, and Stephen McAdams. 2011. “Predicting the Psychophysiological Responses of Listeners with Musical Features.” Poster presented at the 51ˢᵗ annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR), Boston, Massachusetts, September 14-18.

Sears, David, William E. Caplin, and Stephen McAdams. 2011. “The Perception of Cadential Closure in Mozart’s Keyboard Sonatas.” Paper presented at the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC), Rochester, New York, August 11-14.

Sears, David. 2010. “The Effect of Performance Features and Formal Repetition on Measures of Physiological Arousal.” Paper presented at the 3ʳᵈ meeting of the Northeastern Music Cognition Group (NEMCOG), Boston, Massachusetts, October 23.

Sears, David, Mattson Ogg, Mitchel Benovoy, Gilbert Zilberstein, and Stephen McAdams. 2010. “Are Bodily Responses Pre-musical? Psychophysiological Applications to Music Analysis.” Paper presented at the 11ᵗʰ International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), Seattle, Washington, August 23-27.

Sears, David, Mattson Ogg, Mitchel Benovoy, and Stephen McAdams. 2010. “The Effect of Performance Features on the Psychophysiological Responses of Listeners.” Poster presented at the BRAMS Annual Scientific Day, Montreal, QC, April 16.