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Rosemary Mountain

Rosemary Mountain (b. 1954, Montreal) is an artist / researcher whose explorations led her to question numerous aspects of standard music training, and to develop alternate analytical strategies and methods to express different perspectives. Raised within a scholarly environment with early exposure to art, technology, and other cultures predisposed her to critical reflection on pedagogy and communication: cross-disciplinary, non-verbal, etc. After a brief stint at art school, she trained in music theory, analysis, and composition: her Ph.D. (1994) incorporates perception & cognition studies into a study of musical rhythm. Her compositions, although often acoustic, owe much to her early (1979) training in musique concrète and a fascination with multiple layers. In 2002, she invented a new framework for music and multimedia analysis (IMP-NESTAR), which has been developing in conjunction with various colleagues and institutions worldwide, and broadened into different fields from translation to mental health to marketing. Most of her time since the early 1990s has been dedicated to teaching, administration, and the development of art / technology institutes (including Hexagram), mainly at UAveiro, Portugal and Concordia U, Canada. She has now returned to an independent status, maintaining various roles such as membership in CIRMMT (Montreal) and associate editor of Organised Sound (UK), but focussing mainly on completing some pending books (next: A Musician’s Guide to Time) and compositions. Her observations, many of which are summarized in the forthcoming book Conversational Musicology, have been presented to various communities from electroacoustic and computer music to analysis, education, psychology, ethno-musicology, and film.

location: Nova Scotia, Canada