Evolution of music
What are the origins of music? How did music evolve over time? What explains the cultural differences between scales used in the world and through time? How did pop music evolve over the last fifty years?
Can the techniques used for studying the Evolution of Language, be employed to answer questions with regard to the evolution of music, like: what cognitive strategies allow for scales to emerge through cultural interactions? (cf. the language game) Is music indeed getting less "diverse" as some scientists claim? How did different musical genres influence eachother? (in the classical ages but also blues, gospel, ...)
Machine learning, statistical and data mining techniques will be applied to study the evolution of music over time.
15% literature study
35% analysis & approach
Please bear in mind that this description is just a starting point and that personal input is more than welcome!