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Week 2 wrap-up

A wrap-up of week 2 of Music Moves.
Hello, everyone. Today, I’m standing in the Danish Radio’s head quarters here in Copenhagen, Denmark, I’m here with Simon Høffding and it’s a special day today because tonight, we are going to receive a prize here in this building. And what is this about Simon? Yes, this is so exciting because this is a prize for the classical “event of the year” that we all did together at RITMO with our collaborators from Europe back in October with the Danish String Quartet. We are the first researchers ever to receive a musical prize. That’s extremely exciting, I think. And for this event, what we call a Music Lab, a concept that we have been developing at the University of Oslo over the years.
The idea is to see how we can study music in a real-life setting, capturing different things on the musicians and also on the audiences and see how we can share and work with that material openly. And in this particular MusicLab, the MusicLab Copenhagen, what did we do there in this setting? Well, what didn’t we do, because it’s extremely complex. We were, if you count everyone who joined in and did a good chunk of work with 25 people working on that, at least 12 researchers working on their own hypotheses.
So, we are working on hypotheses relating, to synchronization of different bodily signals internally to audience members and internally to the musicians but also across audience and musicians We’re looking at pupillometric responses to stress when performing. We have a huge questionnaire where the audience are reporting when they feel what kinds of existential emotions or absorbed into the music, or when they are mind-wandering, and all of that can be connected in a myriad of ways. There’s no way we can cover all of it in our own work. So it’s openly accessible for anyone out there who want to look at it.
And most importantly, we worked with the Danish String Quartet, one of the leading string quartets in the world playing some fantastic music. From Beethoven to folk music. So if you’re interested in more about this, look at the links down here where you can see the full concert and there are links to the prize ceremony and more material and data and everything else? And a really cool documentary video if you want to get just a 10-minute impression
So that’s it: Music lab Copenhagen. See you later.

In this week’s wrap-up video, we have a special announcement: a team of researchers from the University of Oslo has won the Danish Radio’s “Happening of the Year” for the “research concert” MusicLab 7 Copenhagen which was held in October last year.

For that reason, Alexander has travelled to Copenhagen to receive the prize together with music philosopher Simon Høffding, a former postdoctoral fellow at UiO. Simon has been working with the world-leading Danish String Quartet (DSQ) for more than ten years. For MusicLab Copenhagen, this collaboration culminated in a full evening concert featuring motion capture and physiological measurements of both the musicians and audience. The aim is to understand more about relationships of mind and body in a real-world concert setting.

If you are interested in learning more about this event, you can watch a recording of the full concert or a 10-minute mini-documentary explaining the background of the project. Moreover, data from the concert will be uploaded to OSF as the research progresses.

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