Roger A. Kendall

Emeritus Professor and Former Director of the Systematic Musicology Lab
Ph.D. Psychomusicology, University of Connecticut; M.M.E., University of Kansas; B.M.E., University of Kansas


Music perception and cognition; musical timbre and the process of musical communication; perceptual relationships among natural and synthetic orchestral instruments; musical meaning in film; experimental research design; computer applications

Roger A. Kendall co-authored an invited chapter on music perception and cognition for the Ecological Psychology volume of the Handbook on Perception, as well as a chapter on comparative music psychology for Psychology of Music (second edition). He was a co-editor and chapter contributor for the acclaimed Oxford University Press (UK) book, Psychology of Music in Multimedia (2013). His research interests include comparative perceptual and acoustical analyses of natural versus synthetic and sampled orchestral timbres and spectra, tuning models and perception of the slendro mode in the Gamelan, expressive music performance modeled in terms of communication theory, and perception of meaning in film music. Kendall gave a keynote address to the Center of Excellence (COE) of the Kyushu Graduate Institute of Design on his current theory of meaning in film and animation. He presented an invited study to the Japanese Acoustical Society in Fukuoka, Japan on his work with multitimbral triads. Professor Kendall presented a keynote on film music to the SPIE Electronic Imaging conference. He co-edited Perspectives in Systematic Musicology in Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology, Volume 12. Dr. Kendall has remained on the advisory board of the International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition since its inception in 1989. His computer program, the Music Experiment Development System (MEDS), permits flexible, object-oriented construction and analysis of perceptual and psychoacoustical experiments, and is used internationally. Kendall was a consulting editor for Music Perception for fifteen years. Currently in retirement in Arizona, Professor Kendall is working with Zachary Wallmark at SMU in completing an experimental article on embodied timbral meanings and a book chapter on timbre for Oxford University Press (USA).