Thanks to the support of the Keio University Academic Development Funds for Individual Research I was able to successfully carry out the proposed research and publish 7 original research papers in Nature and other international journals and conference proceedings. All of these publications acknowledge the financial support of the fund.
Specifically, the fund allowed me to purchase CDs and accompanying books to allow my team to use new software, "Tarsos", to automatically analyse the structure of musical scales in hundreds of music recordings from around the world. These analyses showed that scales with small-integer ratios (e.g., 3:2, 4:3) predominate throughout most of the world's music, suggesting a psychoacoustic basis for statistical universals in the world's music. These analyses would not have been possible without the extensive programming consultation we were able to receive from Joren Six, inventor of Tarsos.
We also were able to use the fund to invite leading musicians including Rutsuko Yamagishi, Yuta Uozumi, and Mao Ya, to join us for panel discussions and workshops about how scientific analysis of the world's music can help us to create a better future for all the world's music and musicians.