Department of Music
Northfield, MN 55057
JUSTIN LONDON is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music, Cognitive Science, and the Humanities at Carleton College. He teaches courses in Music Theory, The Philosophy of Music, Music Psychology, Cognitive Science, and American Popular Music. He received his B.M. degree in Classical Guitar and his M.M. degree in Music Theory from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and he holds a Ph.D. in Music History and Theory from the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked with Leonard Meyer.
His research interests include rhythm and meter, music perception and cognition, the history of the Delta blues, and musical aesthetics. He is the author of several articles in the recent revision of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and the Cambridge History of Western Music Theory. His book, Hearing in Time, (Oxford University Press, 2004, 2nd edition 2012) is a cross-cultural exploration of the perception and cognition of musical meter. He is currently involved in several joint research projects: microtimings and ensemble coordination in Malian percussion music (with Rainer Polak, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, and Nori Jacoby, Columbia University), the effect of bodily movement on tempo perception (with Petri Toiviainen, Birgitta Burger, and Marc Thompson, the University of Jyväskylä, Finland), and how the microstructure of musical sounds affects their rhythmic properties (with Anne Danielsen and Alexander Refsum Jensinus, University of Oslo).
Professor London has held two Fulbright Fellowships, the first in 2005-2006 at the Centre for Music and Science of the University of Cambridge, and the second at the Finnish Center of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research at the University of Jyväskylä in 2014. In 2016 he was Visiting Professor of Musicology at the University of Oslo. He served as President of the Society for Music Theory in 2007-2009, and is currently President of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition.
Row Forms in the serial works of Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern
Metric Fake Outs--An Excel spreadsheet which lists pop songs with metrically ambiguous openings
Pop Music Harmonic Surprises--Another Excel spreadsheet which lists pop songs which contain various harmonic & other surprises
Bad Text Setting Examples--Yet Another Excel spreadsheet which lists popular and art songs with both intentional and unintentional mis-matches of musical and prosodic accents
Recent Papers & Presentations
Tapping Rate Affects Tempo Judgments for Some Listeners--research presented at the 2011 meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (Rochester, NY) and the 2012 Perspectives on Rhythm and Timing workshop (Glasgow, Scotland) (PDF Version)
"Dansa" from Mali: Tempo-Metrical Types in Swing-based Meters--given at the 2014 meeting of the Society for Music Theory (PDF of Powerpoint presentation)