The Sound of Science

Monday, December 04th 2023

10:03 – 10:03 (GMT)

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We all have songs that we will have forever linked to some event in our life, the one from that time partying with your friends, the one in the background during our first kiss, the favourite one of our parents we were listening to during car trips. Music is an integral part of our lives, and saying it is just a form or art would be an understatement. Indeed, there is much more beyond that: already in ancient Rome, Cicero pointed out: “Music is the foundation of all the sciences. Education was begun with music with the persuasion that nothing could be expected of a man who was ignorant of music.”

The goal of this event is to to go beyond and begin to investigate music with science. We will gather scientists, physicians and entrepreneurs to tell us their different perspectives on music. These interdisciplinary afternoon talks will take us from the brain perception of music to the improvements and innovations that science and technology have brought to music. Moreover, because music is something that we usually listen to, we will have a short live concert by Mathieu Clavel and Shahab Eghbali after the talks, followed by a rich apero. So join us in auditorium SV1717 at EPFL if you don't want to miss the opportunity to learn more about the latest innovations concerning sounds and technology as well as the novel potential applications in the field of healthcare, entertainment and AI. 

Stay with us until the end of the event and participate at our live quiz "Can you guess the sounds of EPFL?". You will hear the sounds that represent the research carried on in different laboratories at EPFL. The person who will collect the highest amount of correct answers will win a pair of Sony noise-cancelling headphones WH-1000XM3. Don't miss this chance!




17:20 -18:05

How does the brain perceive music?

18:05 -19:10

New technologies and algorithms in music

19:10 -19:25

Musical heritage from Afghanistan and live concert – Mathieu Clavel

19:25 -19:40

Contest – Can you guess the sounds of EPFL?


Light apéro dinner and networking


Scientist at Digital and Cognitive Musicology Laboratory, EPFL

Doctoral Assistant at Laboratory of Computational Neuroscience, EPFL

Product Manager at Sony

Head of Electronics & Systems Engineering, EPFL+ECAL-Lab

Operations & Development Director, Metamedia Center - EPFL
Montruex Jazz Digital Project

Master Student at Laboratory for Experimental Museology (eM+)

Doctoral Assistant in Laboratory of Fluid Mechanics and Instabilities, EPFL


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