Mr. Nori Jacoby
Nori Jacoby (b. 1979) combines different aspects of science and music in his academic and creative careers. Trained as a mathematician and neuroscientist, Nori's research explores cognition and music perception using mathematical models. During his service in Israeli Defense Forces' Research Division in Mathematics and Computer Science, Nori was awarded the C4I Prize for Creative Work in the Sciences. Nori has been on the faculty at Bar Ilan University in Israel since 2009. His research interests lie in the application of methods from the domain of computational neuroscience to the domain of music cognition, primarily in the mathematical modeling of sensorimotor synchronization in the form of tapping experiments.
He is currently exploring these as a doctoral candidate at the Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he is working with Prof. Naftali Tishby and Prof. Merav Ahissar. Other areas of research include collaborations with musicologists in topics in music cognition and neuroscience. This year (2011-2012), Nori is also co-teaching a graduate seminar at the Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation on Music and the Brain, together with Professors Eli Nelkin, Roni Granot and Naftali Tishby.
As director of the Bar Ilan Music and Technology program, Nori has taught the following courses: Audio Synthesis, Advanced Studio Recording, Live Electronics Workshop, Arduino Workshop, Max and MIDI Applications, Sound Engineering and Audio Applications, a Music Cognition Workshop, and has co-taught a class on Music Cognition and Mathematics together with Professor Eytan Agmon.
In addition to teaching and research, Nori maintains an active international career as a composer and violist, specializing in diverse fields ranging from ethnic Jewish music to electronic and contemporary classical music. His music has been featured at distinguished festivals around the world, including the Sounds of Israel Festival at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie (2012), Lviv Klezfest (2011), Chicago World Music Festival (2005), Melbourne Festival (2005), London Jewish Culture Festival (Place Theater 1999), Krakow Dance Festival (2001) and the Israel Festival (2007, 2004, 2003). His works "Jerusalem Dream" (2005), "Symphonic Concerto" (2003), "Lullaby" (2002), "Prayer" (1998), and "Kaprizma" (1999) were recorded and broadcast by the Israeli radio. Honors include the 2008 Margalit Prize, Israel's most prestigious award for the composition of a theater score, the selection of his piece "Overtones" to represent Israel at the 2006 Singapore Art Festival, honorable mention at the 2000 Du Oman Festival in Israel, a special prize at the 1996 European Short Movies Competition for his score for the animation film Chronos, and regular scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Nori also has a special interest in experimental theater, and in early 2009 was featured in a multimedia project “Kings of Misery” at the Jerusalem Spoken Word Festival, where he combined his interests in neuroscience and contemporary music in portraying different characters based on the writings of Oliver Sacks. In 2009, Nori released a CD with his ensemble Tafillalt on John Zorn's Radical Jewish Culture Label, Tzadik. Tafillalt have performed widely throughout Israel, as well as the USA, Germany, United Kingdom, Hungary, and Ukraine.
Jacoby, Nori and Bruno H. Repp. “A General Linear Framework for the Comparison and Evaluation of Models of Sensorimotor Synchronization.” Biological Cybernetics, vol. 106/3, 135-154, DOI: 10.1007/s00422-012-0482-x.Go to article
Repp, Bruno H., Peter E. Keller, and Nori Jacoby. "Quantifying Phase Correction in Sensorimotor Synchronization: Empirical Comparison of Three Paradigms." Acta Psychologica 139, no. 2: 281-90. Go to article
Granot, Roni Y., and Nori Jacoby. "Musically Puzzling I: Sensitivity to Overall Structure in the Sonata Form?" Musicae Scientiae 15, no. 3: 365-86. Go to article
Granot, Roni Y., and Nori Jacoby. "Musically Puzzling II: Sensitivity to Overall Structure in a Haydn e-minor Sonata?" Musica Scientiae, doi:10.1177/1029864911423146. Go to article
1998 - 2007
While in the Israeli Defense Forces Research Division in Mathematics and Computer Science, authored a number of articles including a significant advance in the field of computer science, which garnered the prestigious Israeli Defense Forces C41 Prize. These articles are not in the public sphere.
Lawrence, Ruth and Nori Jacoby. "Some Computations of Ohtsuki Series," Advances in Topological Quantum Field Theory, eds J. Bryden, Kluwer (2004) 53-70.
"Tapping Working Memory with Sensorimotor Synchronization." Poster presentation at the Society for Neuroscience's 2012 Annual Conference, New Orleans, USA, October 17, 2012.
Invited speaker at the Monte Verita Workshop on Music and Neuroscience, Ascona, Switzerland, March 18-23, 2012.
"Kernel Information Bottleneck." Paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation's Annual Retreat, Ein Gedi, February 5, 2012.
“When the Rat Heard Ligeti: Neural Sensitivity to Auditory Structure.” Yael Bitterman, Ayaelet Hashahar-Shapira, Itai Hershenhoren, Nori Jacoby, Amit Yaron and Israel Nelken. Poster presentation at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. December 11-13, 2011.
"Reinforcement Learning and Computational Methods in Music Cognition" tutorial at the 3rd International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music (MCM 2011) at IRCAM, Paris, France, June 16, 2011.
“Multiple Neural Networks Depicted by Continuous Measurement of the Musical Emotional Experience.” Neomi Singer, Donna Abecasis, Eran Pasternak, Nori Jacoby, Roni Y. Granot, Talma Hendler. Neurosciences and Music Conference IV: Learning and Memory. Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. 9 - 12 June 2011.
“When the Rat Heard Ligeti: Neural Sensitivity to Auditory Structure.” Yael Bitterman, Ayaelet Hashahar-Shapira, Itai Hershenhoren, Nori Jacoby, Amit Yaron and Israel Nelken. Faculty Day, Dept. of Neurobiology, the Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation and the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, May 19, 2011.
"Preliminary Results with the Action Perception Model of Tapping" at the Columbia / Gatsby / ICNC Workshop, Columbia University, USA, May 16, 2011.
"Sound Editing for Experimental Design" tutorial at the 3rd meeting of the Israeli Music Cognition Group (IMCOG), Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, March 18, 2011.
"A General Linear Framework for the Comparison and Evaluation of Models of Sensorimotor Synchronization." Joint presentation with Bruno Repp at WEST (Western Society for Sequence and Timing), Santa Barbara, February 19, 2011.
"Action Perception Model of Sensorimotor Synchronization." Paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation's Annual Retreat, Ein Gedi, January 16-18, 2011.
"Preliminary Results with Action Perception Model of Sensorimotor Synchronization." Paper presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. December 12-14, 2010.
"Modeling Sensorimotor Synchronization." Guest lecture by invitation of Prof. Eve Poudrier at Yale University, March 2, 2010.
"Linear Models of Sensorimotor Synchronization." Guest lecture given at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University, February 17, 2010.
"Statistical Metrics to Measure Sensitivity to Overall Structure in Sonata Form" (joint work with Dr. Roni Granot, Hebrew University of Jerusalem). Guest lecture by invitation of Prof. Jonathan Berger, Stanford University, February 16, 2010.