How We Know When the Song is Over: Rhythm Perception, Musical Form, and Theories of Mind

July's Prof & A Pint features Associate Professor of Music Ben Leeds Carson and his career composing music under the influence of philosophy and neuroscience—drawing on contemporary studies of time perception and memory to explore new possibilities for rhythm and musical form. His new work proposes to return the favor: what can mind scientists learn from the arts? Join us as he discusses the work of composers, music theorists, and film theorists whose discoveries about rhythm, the perception of time, and the subjectivity of listening can help us answer some of our most persistent questions about identity, memory, and consciousness.

This event is free of charge. 

Questions? Contact Sam Li at or (831) 459-4631. 

Carson has been an Artist/Researcher-in-Residence for the Perception Laboratory at IRCAM (Institute de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique). His writing appears in the American Journal of Psychology, and the Journal of New Music Research, ECHO, the Institute for Advanced Feminist Studies' Shock and Awe: War on Words, and in other publications. He joined the University of California, Santa Cruz faculty in Music in 2003, and is affiliated with the Digital Arts / New Media faculty. At UCSC, he has been a recipient of the UC Santa Cruz Excellence in Teaching Award (2011), and the Arts Division's Excellence in Mentorship Award (2014). He currently serves as Provost of Kresge College.

Monday, July 8 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Forager Tasting Room and Eatery 420 South 1st St. San Jose, CA 95172

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Invited Audience

Alumni, Students, General Public, Graduate Students


Arts & Culture

UC Santa Cruz Alumni
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