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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. (forthcoming). Exploring emotional response to orchestral gestures. 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]