McGill Alert / Alerte de McGill

Updated: Thu, 07/18/2024 - 18:12

Gradual reopening continues on downtown campus. See Campus Public Safety website for details.

La réouverture graduelle du campus du centre-ville se poursuit. Complément d'information : Direction de la protection et de la prévention.

Moe Touizrar

Music Research
Music Composition
Doctoral Student
Areas of expertise: 

Composition, Music Perception and Cognition

Current research: 

My dissertation examines perceptual notions of brightness and darkness in orchestration. In particular, I am interested in how composers construct meaning in orchestral music using instrumental colour as a basic dark-to-bright syntax. Furthermore, I study how listeners might interpret these timbral codes, if at all, and how this composer-listener timbral interaction is based on our human auditory system. This research informs my own artistic approach to timbre in compositions for ensembles ranging from solos and duos, up to and including orchestral works.

Graduate supervision: 

John Rea (composition), Stephen McAdams (music perception and cognition)

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