About Finn


Finn in a PhD Candidate in Music technology, focused on Music Cognition, a non-binary Montrealer living in NYC, and a regular contributor to the Three Patch Podcast. Their* current dissertation work focuses on the fleeting alignment of listeners’ breathing to musical event. Other recent projects include the TPP Fandom and Sexuality survey, a perception-based definition of Music, and development of Activity Analysis for the assessment of coordination within collections of related time series.

Always fascinated by the constructions of our experience in the perceptual present, Finn has worked on quantifying the relationship between the music we hear and the experiences that come out of the combinations of who we are and what we are doing, in the moment. At McGill, they worked with continuous responses recorded from music concert audiences in Prof. McAdam’s MPCL lab. At NYU, this research has continued with a focus repeated response experiments: case studies of individual listeners’ experiences as they hear the same pieces several times. Collections of continuous responses pose specific statistical challenges, be they ratings or physiological measures of emotion, and Finn has developed analytical tools to evaluate whether and when responses show significant agreement and coordination.

Finn is currently a PhD Candidate at New York University in Music Technology within the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, working with Prof. Mary Farbood.  While at NYU, their research has focused on how people breath while listening to music.

Prior to arriving at NYU, Finn completed a M.A. in Music Technology at McGill University, as well as a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics and a BMus in Music Theory. As musician, Finn plays many instruments badly, including the bassoon and the crash cymbals. As a mathee, they are a fan of non-linear dynamics and non-parametric statistics. As an academic, Finn reads too freely in the areas of social cognition, computational neuroscience, developmental psychology, and fan studies.

*Finn’s preferred pronouns are they/them/their. Feel free to consult the trans wiki for more information about non-binary gender identities and the GLAAD reference on how to be an ally to transgender people.


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