Catherine Guastavino

Academic title(s): 

Professor - School of Information Studies

Associate Member - Schulich School of Music

Member - Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT)

Catherine Guastavino
Contact Information
Email address: 
catherine.guastavino [at]
  • PhD, Psychoacoustics, Laboratoire d'Acoustique Musicale, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI)
  • MSc, Computer Science and Music Technology, Institut Recherche Coordination Acoustique et Musique (IRCAM), Université Aix-Marseille, France
  • BSc, Mathematics, McGill University
  • GLIS 657
  • GLIS 692 Music Information Retrieval
  • GLIS 703
  • GLIS 617
Graduate supervision: 

Graduate students

  • Cynthia Tarlao
  • Richard Yanaky
  • Christopher Trudeau
  • Valerian Fraisse (Music Technology, co-supervised with Marcelo Wanderley)
  • Charlie Reimer (Music Technology, co-supervised with Marcelo Wanderley)


  • Daniel Steele
  • Edda Bild
  • Josée Laplace
  • Nicola Di Croce
  • Frederik Leclerc
Research areas: 
Auditory perception & cognition
Human-computer interaction
Multisensory perception
Music archiving & retrieval
Current research: 
2021 – 2023 MITACS – Accelerate Insight. Integrating sound considerations into the Montreal nightlight policy (P.I.)
2020 – 2022

SSHRC – Insight Development Grant. Sound Art Documentation : Spatial Audio and Significant Knowledge. (co-applicant, G. Boutard, P.I.)

2020 – 2025

FRQSC/FRQNT - Regroupement Stratégique. Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT). (Co-applicant., I. Cossette, P.I. and Director and 52 others).

2020 – 2021 MSSS (Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux). Valeurs guides, limites d'exposition et méthodes d'évaluation appliquées aux sources de bruit environnemental – Phase 2 (P.I.)
2020 MITACS – Accelerate. Understanding Montreal festival soundscapes, with Quartier des Spectacles. (P.I.)
2019-2024 NSERC - Discovery Grant and Discovery Accelerator Supplements. Sound in Space: towards a unified theory of auditory localization (P.I.)
2018- 2019

MSSS-MELCC (Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux - Ministère de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques). Valeurs guides, limites d'exposition et méthodes d'évaluation appliquées aux sources de bruit environnemental (P.I., 5 co-applicants from McGill, Ecole Technologie Supérieure and Université Laval)



Sounds in the City: a cross-sector partnership to make cities sound better

2016-2018 SSHRC - Insight Development Grant (Sounds in the city: Applying the soundscape approach to urban noise management)
2018-2023 SSHRC - Partnership Development Grant, in Collaboration with Ville de Montréal (P.I.)


2018-2023 SSHRC - Partnership grant Analysis, Creation and Teaching of Orchestration (ACTOR) (Co-I, S. McAdams, P.I.)
2017-2021 FRQSC - Soutien aux équipes de recherche (2017-2021). Approches analytiques, perceptives et technologiques de l'orchestration musicale et sa pédagogie (Co-I, S. McAdams, P.I. and 5 others)


NSERC. Engage and Engage Plus grants with Applied Acoustics Systems. Virtual Acoustics Models for Physically-modeled Musical Instruments (P.I.)


CFI – NIF. Live Expression “in situ”: Musical and Audiovisual Performance and Reception (Co-I., M. Wanderley, P.I. and 8 others)

2014 – 2015 NSERC. Engage grant with industry partner Audiokinetic. Spatialized and interactive artificial binaural reverberation (P.I.)
2014 – 2019 FRQ - Regroupement Stratégique. Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) (Co-I., M. Wanderley, P.I. and 40 others).
2014 CFI – Leaders Opportunity Fund Award. Digital Musical Instrument Performance Research and Rapid Prototyping Laboratory (PR2P) (Co-I., M. Wanderley, P.I. and S. Ferguson).
2013 SSHRC – Connection. Colloque International : Analyser les processus de creation musicale / Tracking the creative process in music (Co-I., J. Goldman, P.I. and 3 others).
2012-2017 NSERC - Discovery Grant. Upper limits of auditory motion perception (P.I.)
2011-2016 NSF Research Coordination Network Grant. A global sustainable soundscape network (Co-I., B. Pijanowski, P.I.)
2006-2011 Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Leaders Opportunity Fund. Perceptual evaluation of human-computer interaction: Applications to the design of adaptive multimodal systems (P.I.)
2010–2013 NSERC - Collaborative Research and Development. Physical characterization and perception of vibration transmission of road bike components (Co-I., Y. Champoux, P.I. and 1 other).
2009–2012 CFI – NIF. Vibroacoustics of large-scale, complex, multi-material structures in aerospace and terrestrial transport (Co-I., A. Berry, P.I.).


Selected publications: 

Trudeau, C., King., N. & Guastavino, C. (2023). Investigating sonic injustice: a review of published research. Social Science & Medicine.

Yanaky, R., Tyler, D., & Guastavino, C. (2023). City Ditty: An Immersive Soundscape Sketchpad for Professionals of the Built Environment. Applied Sciences, 13, 1611.

Tarlao, C., Steele, D., Blanc, G., & Guastavino, C. (2023). Interactive soundscape simulation as a co-design tool for urban professionals. Landscape and Urban Planning, 231, 104642.

Steele, D., Bild. E., & Guastavino, C. (2023). Moving past the sound-noise dichotomy: how professionals of the built environment approach the sonic dimension. Cities, 132, 103974,

Tarlao, C., & Guastavino, C. (2022). On the ecological validity of soundscape reproduction in laboratory. The Brunswik Society Newsletter, 37, 57–60.

Laplace J. & Guastavino, C. (2022). Exploring sonic experiences in church spaces: A psycholinguistic analysis. The Senses and Society, 17 (3), 343-358.

Bild, E., Steele, D. & Guastavino, C. (2022). Revisiting public space transformations from a sonic perspective during the Covid-19 pandemic. Built Environment, 48(1), 244-263,

Boissinot, E., Bogdanovitch, S., Bockstael, A, & Guastavino, C. (2022). Effect of hearing protection use on pianists’ performance and experience: Comparing foam and musician earplugs. Frontiers in Psychology, 13:886861,

Tarlao, C., Steele, D., & Guastavino, C. (2022). Assessing the ecological validity of soundscape reproduction in different laboratory settings. Plos One, 17.6 (2022): e0270401,

Di Croce, N., Bild, E., Steele, D., & Guastavino, C. (2022). A sonic perspective for the post-pandemic future of entertainment districts: the case of Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 1-24,

Fraisse, V., Giannini, N., Guastavino, C., & Boutard, G. (2022). Experiencing sound installations: a conceptual framework. Organised Sound. 1-16, doi:10.1017/S135577182200036X

Boutard, G., Guastavino, C., Bernier, N., Gauthier, P-A., Fraisse, V., Gianini, N. & Champagne, J. (2022). A taxonomical review of contemporary sound installations in Québec. Resonance: The journal of sound and culture, 3(2), 177–193.

Bild, E., Steele, D. & Guastavino, C. (2022). Festivals and events as everyday life in Montreal’s entertainment district. Sustainability, 14(8):4559,

Frissen, I., Yao, H. Y., Guastavino, C., & Hayward, V. (2022). Humans sense by touch the location of objects that roll in handheld containers. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology,

Sullivan, J.. Guastavino, C., & Wanderley, M. (2022). Surveying digital musical instrument use in active musical practice. Journal of New Music Research, 1-18,

Laplace, J. , Bild, E., Trudeau, C., Perna, M., Dupont, T. & Guastavino C. (2022). Encadrement du bruit environnemental au Canada. Canadian Public Policy / Analyse de politiques publiques, 48(1), 49-65.

Perna, M., Padois, T., Trudeau, C., Bild, E., Laplace, J., Dupont, T., & Guastavino, C. (2022). Comparison of road noise policies across Australia, Europe, and North America. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(1), 173.

Valentin, O., Gauthier P-A, Camier, C, Verron, C., Guastavino, C., & Berry, B. (2022). Perceptual validation of sound environment reproduction inside an aircraft mock-up. Applied Ergonomics, 88: 103603.

Bild, E., Steele, D., Guastavino, C. (2021). At home in Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles festival district. Journal of Sonic Studies, 21.

Steele, D., Guastavino, C. (2021). Quieted city sounds during the COVID-19 pandemic in Montreal. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18: 5877.

Fraisse, V., Wanderley, M., & Guastavino, C. (2021). Comprehensive Framework for Describing Interactive Sound Installations. Multimodal Technologies and Interaction. 5(4), 19.

Tarlao, C., Fernandez, P., Frissen, I., & Guastavino, C. (2021). Influence of Sound Level on Diners’ Perceptions and Behavior in a Montreal Restaurant. Applied Acoustics. 174: 107772.

Steele, D., Fraisse, V., Bild, E., Guastavino, C. (2021). Bringing music to the park: the effect of Musikiosk on the quality of public experience. Applied Acoustics. 177: 107910.

Tarlao, C., Steffens, S., & Guastavino, C. (2021). Investigating contextual influences on urban soundscape evaluations with structural equation modeling. Building and Environment. 188: 107490.

Trudeau, C., Steele, D., Guastavino, C. (2020). A tale of three misters: the effect of water features on soundscape assessments in a Montreal public space. Frontiers in Psychology, section Environmental Psychology. Research Topic: Human Perception of Environmental Sounds,11: 570797.

Steele, D., Kerrigan, C., & Guastavino, C. (2020). Sounds in the City: bridging the gaps from research to practice through soundscape workshops. Journal of Urban Design, 25(5), 656-664.

Roggerone, V., Vacher, J., Tarlao, C., & Guastavino, C. (2019). Auditory motion perception emerges from successive sound localizations integrated over time. Scientific Reports, 9: 16437.

Axelsson, O., Guastavino, C., & Payne, S. (2019). Editorial: Soundscape assessment. Frontiers in Psychology, section Environmental Psychology, 10: 2514.

Steele, D., Bild, E, Tarlao, C., & Guastavino, C. (2019). Soundtracking the Public Space: Outcomes of the Musikiosk Soundscape Intervention. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16: 1865.

Payne, S. R., & Guastavino, C. (2018). Exploring the validity of the Perceived Restorativeness Soundscape Scale: a psycholinguistic approach. Frontiers in Psychology, section Environmental Psychology, 9, 2224.

Féron, F-X, & Guastavino, C. (2018). Étudier la musique sous toutes ses formes: la démultiplication des approches scientifiques en musicologie. Histoire de la recherche contemporaine, VII(1), 40-49.

Boutard, G., & Guastavino, C. (2018). Cultural heritage, information science and the creative process. In N. Donin (Ed)., Oxford Handbook of Creative Process in Music(pp. 1-23). New York, N.Y: Oxford University Press.

Ayachi, F.S., Drouet, J-M., Champoux, Y., & Guastavino, C.(2018). Perceptual thresholds for vibration transmitted to road cyclists. Human Factors, 60(6), 844-854.

Roque, J., Guastavino, C., Lafraire, J. & Fernandez, P., (2018). Plating influences diners’ perception of culinary creativity. International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science, 11, 55-62.

Guastavino, C. (2018). Everyday Sound Categorization. In T. Virtanen, M. D. Plumbley, & D. Ellis (Eds.), Computational Analysis of Sound Scenes and Events (pp. 183–213). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Saitis, C., Scavone, G., Fritz, C., Guastavino, C., & Dubois, D. (2017). Perceptual evaluation of violins: a psycholinguistic analysis of preference verbal descriptions by experienced musicians. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141 (4), 2746-2757.

Steffens, J., Steele, D., & Guastavino, C. (2017). Situational and person-related factors influencing momentary and retrospective soundscape evaluations in day-to-day life. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141(3), 1414-1425.

Romblom, D., Guastavino, C. & Depalle, P. (2016). Perceptual thresholds for non-ideal diffuse field reverberation. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140(5), 3908-3916.

Camier, C., Boissinot, J., & Guastavino, C. (2016). On the robustness of the upper limit for circular auditory motion perception. Journal of Multimodal User Interfaces, 10, 295-298.

Gauthier, P-A., Camier, C., Lebel, F-A., Pasco, Y., Berry, A., Langlois, J., Verron, C., & Guastavino, C. (2016). Experiments of multichannel least-square methods for sound field reproduction inside aircraft mock-up: Objective evaluations. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 376, 194-216.

Romblom, D., Depalle, P., Guastavino, C., & King, R. (2016). Diffuse field modeling using physically-inspired decorrelation and B-format microphones: Part 1 Algorithm. Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, 64(4), 177-193.

Rummukainen, O., Romblom, D., & Guastavino, C. (2016). Diffuse field modeling using physically-inspired decorrelation and B-format microphones: Part 2 Evaluation. Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, 64(4), 194-207.

Luizard, P. , Katz, B. & Guastavino, C. (2015). Perceived suitability of reverberation in large coupled volume concert halls. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain, 25(3), 317-325.

Fernandez, P., Aurouze, B., & Guastavino, C. (2015). Plating in gastronomic restaurants: A qualitative exploration of chefs’ perception. Menu, Journal of Food and Hospitality Research, 4, 16-22.

Steffens, J., & Guastavino, C. (2015). Trends in momentary and retrospective soundscape judgments. Acta Acustica united with Acustica, 101(4), 713-722.

Absar, R., & Guastavino, C. (2015). The design and formative evaluation of nonspeech auditory feedback for an information system. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 66(8), 1696-1708.

Luizard, P. , Katz, B. & Guastavino, C. (2015). Perceptual thresholds for realistic double-slope decay reverberation in large coupled spaces. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 137(1), 75-84.

Ayachi, F., Dorey, J., & Guastavino, C. (2015). Identifying factors of bicycle comfort: An online survey with enthusiast cyclists. Applied Ergonomics, 46(A), 124–136.

Frissen, I.,  Féron, F-X., & Guastavino, C. (2014). Auditory velocity discrimination in the horizontal plane at very high velocities. Hearing Research, 316, 94-101.

Frissen, I.,  & Guastavino, C. (2014). Do whole-body vibrations affect spatial hearing? Ergonomics, 57(7), 1090-1101.

Pras, A., Cance, C., & Guastavino, C. (2013). Record producers’ best practices for artistic direction – From light coaching to deeper collaboration with musicians. Journal of New Music Research, 42(4), 381-395.

Rosenblum, A. L., Burr, G., & Guastavino, C. (2013). Survey: Adoption of Published Standards in Cylinder and 78rpm Disc Digitization. International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives Journal, 41, 40-55.

Julien, C-A., Tirilly, P., Dinneen, J. D. & Guastavino, C. (2013). Reducing subject tree browsing complexity. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 64(11), 2201-2223.

Boutard, G., Guastavino, C., & Turner, J. (2013). A digital archives framework for the preservation of artistic works with technological components.  International Journal of Digital Curation, 8(1), 42-65. Retrieved from

Pras, A., Lavoie, M. & Guastavino, C. (2013). The impact of technological advances on recording studio practices. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 64(3), 612–626.

Pras, A., & Guastavino, C. (2013). Impact of producers’ comments and musicians’ self evaluation on perceived recording quality. Journal of Music, Technology & Education, 6(1), 81-101.

Verron, C., Gauthier, P-A., Langlois, J, & Guastavino, C. (2013). Spectral and spatial multichannel analysis/synthesis of interior aircraft sounds. IEEE transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, 21(7), 1317-1329.

Boutard, G., & Guastavino, C. (2012). Following gesture-following: Grounding the Documentation of a Multi-Agent Music Creation Process. Computer Music Journal, 36(4), 59-80.

Boutard, G., & Guastavino, C. (2012). Archiving electroacoustic and mixed music: significant knowledge involved in the creative process of works with spatialisation. Journal of Documentation, 68(6), 749-771.

Julien, C-A., Tirilly, P, Leide, J.E. & Guastavino, C. (2012). Constructing a True LCSH Tree of a Science and Engineering Collection. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 63(12), 2405-2418.

Frissen, I., Ziat, M., Campion, G., Hayward, V., & Guastavino, C. (2012). The effect of voluntary movements on auditory-haptic and haptic-haptic temporal order judgments. Acta Psychologica, 141, 140-148.

Giordano, B., Guastavino, C., Murphy, E., Ogg, M., Smith, B.K., & McAdams, S. (2011). Comparison of Dissimilarity Estimation Methods. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 46, 1-33.

Féron, F-X., Frissen, I., Boissinot, J., & Guastavino, C. (2010). Upper limits of auditory rotational motion. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 128(6), 3703-3714.

Guastavino, C., Gómez, F., Toussaint, G., Marandola, F., Gómez, E. (2009). Measuring similarity between Flamenco Rhythmic Patterns. Journal of New Music Research, 38(2), 175-184.

Guastavino, C. (2007). Categorization of environmental sounds. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology. 60(1), 54-63.

Selected talks and presentations: 

Keynotes at international conferences:

Guastavino, C. (2020). Current trends in urban soundscape research. 49th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (Internoise 2020), Seoul, Korea, August 23-26, 2020.

Guastavino, C. (2019). Making sense of the sounds around us: Auditory scene analysis in everyday listening. 4th international workshop on Detection and Classification of Acoustics Scenes and Events (DCASE 2019). New York, NY, USA, October 25-28.

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