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Steven Jan studied music at the University of Leeds and went on to complete a PhD there, entitled 'Aspects of Mozart 's Music in G Minor: Toward the Identification of Common Structural and Compositional Characteristics’, under the supervision of Professor Julian Rushton. The dissertation was published by Garland in 1995 in their Outstanding Dissertations in Music from British Universities series. Before joining the Music Department at Huddersfield in January 2001 he taught at the University of East Anglia and in the School of Academic Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. He is currently Senior Lecturer and Music/Music Technology Research Coordinator.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Music and memetics
  • Music and evolutionary thought
  • Music theory and analysis
  • Computer-aided musicology, music theory and music analysis
  • Computational creativity
  • Musicological research on Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven


  • music theory
  • music analysis
  • musicology
  • evolutionary theory
  • memetics
  • computational creativity
  • Haydn
  • Mozart
  • Beethoven

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Research Output 1992 2018

The Theory and Analysis of Computer-Generated Music: A Case-Study of Colossus

Jan, S., Aug 2018, Proceedings of the Third Conference on Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity, CSMC2018. Dublin, Eire, 24 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Music Analysis
Music Theory
Open Access
Statistical Models
Cultural Evolution
Molecular Biology

"The Two Brothers": Reconciling Perceptual-Cognitive and Statistical Models of Musical Evolution

Jan, S., Mar 2017, Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on New Music Concepts (ICNMC 2017). Della Ventura, M. (ed.). Milan: AB Editore, p. 21-47

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Statistical Model
Cognitive Models
Open Access
5 Citations

Symbolic melodic similarity: State of the art and future challenges

Velardo, V., Vallati, M. & Jan, S., 26 May 2016, In : Computer Music Journal. 40, 2, p. 70-83 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Information retrieval
Comparative Analysis

Activities 2015 2016

  • 2 Editorial work
  • 1 Oral presentation

Journal of Creative Music Systems (Journal)

Steven Jan (Editor in chief), Robin Laney (Editor in chief)
Sep 2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

A Grammatical Model of Butterfly Schemas in the Late Classical Style

Steven Jan (Speaker)
19 Aug 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Journal of Music Research Online (Journal)

Steven Jan (Member of editorial board)
Feb 2015

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work