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Eric J. Isaacson

Associate Professor Music Theory
Phone: (812) 855-0296

See also: Professor Isaacson's homepage


  • Ph.D., Indiana University, 1992

Research Interests

Music theory and cognition

I am interested pitch relations in, and cognitive models, of post-tonal music. One branch of my work is concerned with the assessment of similarity between analytical "objects." This research has so far concentrated on context-free measures of interval-class similarity betwee n pitch-class set classes. Present work involves studying the effects of musical context on these measures through connectionist models. A second branch of work involves the use of self-organizing neural networks to study post-tonal music for underlying structural organization.  Courses taught recently include Models of Music Cognition, and Computer Tools for Music Research.

Dissertation Committee Service

Bold student names indicate a cognitive science standalone student.

Author Dissertation Title Committee
Nichols, EricMusicat: A Computer Model of Musical Listening And Analogy-Making (December 2012) Hofstadter, D. (Chair), Isaacson, E., Byrd, D., Gasser, M.