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Goodchild, M., & McAdams, S. (forthcoming) Timbre perception and orchestration. In A. Rehding & E. Dolan (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Timbre, Oxford University Press, New York, NY.

McAdams, S. & Siedenburg, K. (forthcoming). Perception and cognition of musical timbre. In D. Levitin & J. Renfrow (Eds.), Foundations in Music Psychology: Theory and Research, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Goodchild, M., Wild, J. & McAdams, S. (2017, published online). Exploring emotional response to orchestral gestures. Musicæ Scientiæ. [pdf]

Lembke, S.-A., Levine, S. & McAdams, S. (forthcoming). Blending between bassoon and horn players: An analysis of timbral adjustments during musical performance. Music Perception.

Lembke, S.-A., Parker, K., Narmour, E. & McAdams, S. (forthcoming). Acoustical correlates of perceptual blend in timbre dyads and triads. Musicæ Scientiæ.

McAdams, S., and M. Goodchild. (2017). “Perception and cognition of musical timbre.” In Routledge Companion to Music Cognition, edited by R. Ashley & R. Timmers. New York: Routledge.

McAdams, S., Douglas, C. & Vempala, N. (2017). Perception and modeling of affective qualities of musical instrument sounds across pitch registers. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 153.


Chiasson, F., Traube, C., Lagarrigue, C. & McAdams, S. (2016, published online). Koechlin’s volume: Perception of sound extensity among instrument timbres from different families. Musicae Scientiae.  [pdf]

Douglas, C., Noble, J. & McAdams, S. (2016). Auditory scene analysis and the perception of sound mass in Ligeti’s Continuum. Music Perception, 33, 287-305. [pdf]

Esling, P., & Crestel, L. (2016). Live Orchestral Piano, a system for real-time orchestral music generation. Submitted to International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC).

Goodchild, M. (2016). Orchestral gestures: Music-theoretical perspetives and emotional responses. PhD dissertation in Music Theory, McGill University. [Nominated by the Schulich School of Music for a McGill University convocation prize. Nominated by McGill University for the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Dissertation Award in the social sciences and humanities category] [pdf]


Lembke, S.-A. & McAdams, S. (2015). The role of local spectral-envelope characteristics in perceptual blending of wind-instrument sounds. Acta Acustica united with Acustica, 101, 1039-1051. [pdf] 

Tan, A. (2015) Ksana: Compositional control of spectral fusion as a parameter of timbre functionality. PhD dissertation in Composition, McGill University


Lembke, S.-A. (2014) When timbre blends musically: Perception and acoustics underlying orchestration and performance. PhD dissertation in Music Technology, McGill University [recipient of the Governor General’s Gold Medal for the most outstanding McGill graduate receiving a Doctoral degree in any discipline and the McGill Alumni Association Graduate Award given to an outstanding McGill graduate receiving a degree in any discipline]


Esling, P. (2013). Multiobjective time series matching and classification. PhD Thesis, UPMC.

Esling, P., & Agon, C. (2013). Multiobjective time series matching and classification for audio retrieval. IEEE Transactions on Speech Audio and Language Processing, 21(10), 2057–2072. [pdf]

Lembke, S.-A. & McAdams, S. (2013). Measuring the interaction between bassoon and horn players in achieving timbre blend. Proceedings of the Stockholm Music Acoustics Conference 2013 and the Sound and Music Computing Conference 2013, Stockholm.  [pdf]

Goodchild, M. (2013). Acoustic and musical features of emotional response to orchestral gestures. In Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (Vol. 19, pp. 1–7). [pdf]

McAdams, S. (2013). Musical timbre perception. In D. Deutsch (Ed.), The Psychology of Music (pp. 35–67). New York: Academic Press. [pdf]


Carpentier, G., Daubresse, E., Garcie Victoria, M., Sakei, K. & Villanueva Carratero, F. (2012). Automatic orchestration in practice. Computer Music Journal, 36(3), 24-42. [pdf]

Carpentier, G., Cordero, V. & Daubresse, E. Cartographier le timbre. (2012). Projets Orchis/Pléione, Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève. Dissonances, 119, 48-63. [pdf] [supplemental materials]

Esling, P., & Agon, C. (2012). Time series data mining. ACM Computing Surveys, 45(1). [pdf]

Tardieu, D., & McAdams, S. (2012). Perception of dyads of impulsive and sustained instrument sounds. Music Perception, 30(2), 117–128. [pdf]


Esling P., Carpentier G., & Agon C. (2010). Dynamic musical orchestration using genetic algorithms. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 6025, 371-380.

McAdams, S., & Giordano, B. (2010). La psychoacoustique dévoile le potentiel musical du timbre. 10ème Congrès Français d’Acoustique, 1–8. [pdf]


Tillmann, B., & McAdams, S. (2004). Implicit learning of musical timbre sequences: Statistical regularities confronted with acoustical (dis)similarities. Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 30(5), 1131–42. [pdf]

McAdams, S., Depalle, P., & Clarke, E. (2004). Analyzing Musical Sound. In E. Clarke & N. Cook (Eds.), Empirical Musicology (pp. 157–196). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [pdf]

McAdams, S., Vieillard, S., Houix, O. & Reynolds, R. (2004). Perception of musical similarity among contemporary thematic materials in two instrumentations. Music Perception, 22, 207-237.  [pdf]

Poulin-Charronnat, B., Bigand, E., Lalitte, P. , Madurell, F., Vieillard, S. & McAdams, S. (2004). Effects of a change in instrumentation on the recognition of musical materials. Music Perception, 22, 239-263.  [pdf]

1992 – 2000

Pressnitzer, D., & McAdams, S. (2000). Acoustics, psychoacoustics and spectral music. Contemporary Music Review, 19(2), 33–59. [pdf]

Pressnitzer, D., McAdams, S., Winsberg, S. & Fineberg, J. (2000). Perception of musical tension for nontonal orchestral timbres and its relation to psychoacoustic roughness. Perception & Psychophysics., 62, 66-80.  [pdf]

Paraskeva, S., & McAdams, S. (1997). Influence of timbre, presence/absence of tonal hierarchy and musical training on the perception of tension and relaxation schemas of musical phrases. In Proceedings of the 1997 International Computer Music Conference (pp. 438–441). Thessaloniki: International Computer Music Association. [pdf]

McAdams, S., Winsberg, S., Donnadieu, S., De Soete, G., & Krimphoff, J. (1995). Perceptual scaling of synthesized musical timbres: Common dimensions, specificities, and latent subject classes. Psychological Research, 58, 177–192. [pdf]

McAdams, S. (1993). Recognition of sound sources and events. In S. McAdams & E. Bigand (Eds.), Thinking in Sound: The Cognitive Psychology of Human Audition (pp. 146–198). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [pdf]

McAdams, S., & Cunibile, J.-C. (1992). Perception of timbral analogies. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 336, 383–389. [pdf]