From 1998 to 2000, I worked as a postdoc in the Cognitive and Systematic Musicology Lab at Ohio State University. I did research on chord structure, on musical symmetry, and on the predictability of melodies and listeners’ melodic expectations. Today I apply my research skills outside music, but I still play keyboards, I’ve picked up the banjo, and I occasionally write a song.

  1. †Aarden, B., & von Hippel, P.T. (2004). “Rules for chord-tone doubling (and spacing): Which ones do we need?Music Theory Online 2.
  2. Hunter, D.J., & von Hippel, P.T. (2003). “How rare is symmetry in musical 12-tone rows?American Mathematical Monthly 110(2), 124-132.
  3. von Hippel, P.T. (2002). “Melodic expectation rules as learned heuristics.” Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. Adelaide: Causal Productions.
  4. von Hippel, P.T., & Huron, D. (2000). “Why do skips precede reversals? The effect of tessitura constraints on melodic structure.” Music Perception 18(1), 59-85.
  5. von Hippel, P.T. (2000). “Redefining pitch proximity: Tessitura and mobility as constraints on melodic intervals.” Music Perception 17(3), 315-327.
  6. von Hippel, P.T. (2000). “Questioning a melodic archetype: Do listeners use gap-fill to classify melodies?Music Perception 18(2), 139-153.