Patrick Savage

Patrick Savage

Project Associate Professor
Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Graduate School of Media and Governance
DegreesPhD in Musicology (Ethnomusicology), Tokyo University of the Arts
Short Biography(full CV:
2017 PhD Musicology (ethnomusicology), Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan
2014 MA Musicology (ethnomusicology), Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan
2011 MSc Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, McMaster University, Canada
2007 BA summa cum laude Music (composition), Amherst College, USA

2018- Project Associate Professor (tenure-track), Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus, Japan
2017-18 Postdoctoral Researcher in Statistical Data Analysis, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford, UK

2018 Individual Grant (Keio Gijuku Academic Development Fund)
2018 Startup Grant (Keio Research Institute at SFC)
2017 Ikushi Prize (Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science)
2017 Hirayama Ikuo Arts and Culture Prize (Tokyo University of the Arts)
2011-17 MEXT Scholar (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology, Japan)
2010-11 Roland Wood Fellowship (Amherst College)
2007-08 Amherst-Doshisha Fellowship (Amherst College & Doshisha University)
2007 Composer-in-Residence (Samuel Marsden Collegiate High School)
2013 1st equal (Intermediate div.) (National Championship, Nat. Folk Song Association of Japan)
2007 3rd place, International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (Amherst College Zumbyes)

New York Times - "Can you tell a lullaby from a love song?", January 25, 2018
NPR - "From Pygmy hunting songs to Taylor Swift, what makes music universal", July 9, 2015.
The Atlantic - "A study suggests that people can hear universal traits in music", January 25, 2018
NBC News - "Folk music could track human migrations". November 14, 2013.
FNMNL - "音楽はなぜ僕らを動かすのか", August 30, 2016
Areas of ExpertiseMusic, Psychology, Anthropology, Computer Science, Cultural Evolution, Digital Humanities
Courses TaughtMUSIC AND CULTURE (GIGA/GG/GI),HISTORY OF MUSIC (GIGA/GG/GI),EVOLUTION OF MUSIC (GIGA/GG/GI),SONGWRITING,EVOLUTION OF MUSIC,MASTER SEMINAR,SEMINAR(CompMusic: Comparative and computational musicology (1)),SEMINAR(CompMusic: Comparative and computational musicology (2)),SEMINAR(CompMusic: Comparative and computational musicology (2)),SEMINAR(Comparative Musicology),SEMINAR(CompMusic Research),ACADEMIC PROJECT (Music)
Selected Publications(for full list including 18 peer-reviewed articles, see

Whitehouse, H.*, François, P.*, Savage, P. E.*, Currie, T. E., Feeney, K. C., Cioni, E., Purcell, R., Ross, R. M., Larson, J., Baines, J., ter Haar, B., Covey, A., Turchin, P. (In press). Complex societies precede moralizing gods throughout world history. Nature.

Savage, P. E. (Under contract). Comparative musicology: The science of the world’s music. Oxford University Press.

Savage, P. E. (2019). Cultural evolution of music. Palgrave Communications, 5(6), 1-12.

Savage, P. E. (2018). Alan Lomax’s Cantometrics Project: A comprehensive review. Music & Science, 1, 1-19.

Savage, P. E., Cronin, C., Müllensiefen, D., & Atkinson, Q. D. (2018). Quantitative evaluation of music copyright infringement. In Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Folk Music Analysis (FMA2018), 61-66.

Savage, P.E., Tierney, A.T., & Patel, A.D. (2017). Global music recordings support the motor constraint hypothesis for human and avian song contour. Music Perception, 34(3), 327-334.

Savage, P.E., Brown, S., Sakai, E., & Currie, T.E. (2015). Statistical universals reveal the structures and functions of human music. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112(29), 8987-8992.

Savage, P.E., Matsumae, H., Oota, H., Stoneking, M., Currie, T.E., Tajima, A., Gillan, M., & Brown, S. (2015). How ‘circumpolar’ is Ainu music? Musical and genetic perspectives on the history of the Japanese archipelago. Ethnomusicology Forum 24(3), 443-467.

Brown, S., Savage, P.E., Ko, A. M.-S., Stoneking, M., Ko, Y.-C., Loo, J.-H., & Trejaut, J.A. (2014). Correlations in the population structure of music, genes, and language. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281(1774), 20132072.

Savage, P.E. & Brown, S. (2013). Toward a new comparative musicology. Analytical Approaches to World Music, 2(2) 148-197.
Message to StudentsWhen I was a student I planned to major in science, but I spent most of my time playing/singing/composing all kinds of music (a cappella, classical, jazz, funk, folk). Eventually I realised I could use science to help understand how and why humans all over the world make such beautiful and diverse music. If you want to use science to gain a deeper understanding of music, you've come to the right place!
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