matt chiu

Music Theorist ~ Organist ~ Programmer

About me

I'm a music researcher who focuses primarily on computational methods for music analysis. The most interesting results for me are when my models misalign with my musical intuition; in my research, I continue to interrogate that misalignment, whether that's a bias of the model or a subjective priority of my own. I'm a Ph.D. student in music theory at the Eastman School of Music, where I'm currently working on my dissertation with Davy Temperley and serving as co-editor to Intégral.

In my free time I like to take photos, bird watch, rock climb, and play piano with my 4-hands partner (and partner) Eron.



Macroharmonic Progressions through the Discrete Fourier Transform: An Analysis from Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem
2021 Article: Music Theory Online
2019 Presentation: Music Theory Midwest (awarded Arthur J. Komar Student Award)

"All the Small Things": Microtiming Deviations in Contemporary Punk
Co-Author: Andrew Blake
2021 Presentation: The International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition

The Impact of Language on Cadential Stress in Polish Instrumental Music
Co-Author: Derek J. Myler
2021 Poster: The International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition

Investigating the Mazurka Style using the Common-Practice Cadence Corpus
Co-Author: Derek Myler
2021 Presentation: Music Theory Midwest

Punk Voices and the Voices of Punk
2021 Presentation: University of Connecticut Graduate Music Conference

A Companion to Mallet Quartet: Rhythmic Voice Leading Prototypes
Co-Author: Tyler Howie
Article: Drumming@50

Contextual Chord Embeddings for Stylistic Analysis
2021 Presentation: South Central Society for Music Theory

Reshaping Rhythm: An Analysis of Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 4
Article: Forthcoming, European Music Analysis Conference proceedings

Chord Spacing and Quality: Lessons from Timbre Research
Co-Author: Noah Kahrs
Article: Future Directions of Music Cognition proceedings
P-DFT web app
2020 Presentation: Society for Music Theory; Music Theory Society for New York State;

Navigating the P-DFT Model: Subject-Data Correlations
Co-Author: Noah Kahrs
2020 Presentation: Society for Music Theory, Math Interest Group

Putting the Math in Math Rock
Paper: Forthcoming, Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory proceedings
2020 Presentation: South Central Society for Music Theory; Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic; Music Theory Southeast

Form as Meter: Metric Forms through Fourier Space
Master's Thesis
2018 Presentation: University of Arizona, Graduate Student Conference; The Music Society at Temple, Graduate Student Conference

West-African Percussive Traditions, Beat-Class Organization, and Rhythmic Voice Leading in Steve Reich's Mallet Quartet
Co-Author: Tyler Howie
2017 Presentation: Nief-Norf, Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism

A Message from the Real: Paradigmatic and Syntagmatic Quilting in Liszt's Liebestraum No. 1
2017 Presentation: Fourth Biennial Louisiana State University Music Colloquium


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