July 11, 2011
How big is the Asia-Pacific Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music?
Kengo Ohgushi, the founding father of the Asia-Pacific Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (APSCOM), invited me to give a series of lectures at his place, Kyoto City University of Arts, in January, 2001. Ohgushi-sensei offered me some sake (Japanese rice wine) after my duties for a day, and told to himself, and probably to me as well, that it might be interesting to invite researchers in the field of music perception and cognition from Korea and Australia to Japan. After going back to Fukuoka, I found that my colleagues, including Shin-ichiro Iwamiya and Kazuo Ueda, and I were in a position to organize the very first official meeting of APSCOM (APSCOM 0) as a part of a meeting of the Japanese Society for Music Perception and Cognition. This took place in May. Suk Won Yi from Korea and Kate Stevens from Australia kindly visited my family together with Kengo after this meeting, and we enjoyed ourselves. This was just the beginning of a long story.
Making the long story very short—ten years has passed, and we have China as a new member country. This was decided in 2008 in an APSCOM business meeting chaired by Kate. I really appreciate that our Chinese colleagues managed to organize such a gorgeous meeting immediately after joining our society. They kept our great tradition to create a friendly atmosphere anywhere possible. Ten years ago, we were already proud of the fact that the APSCOM region was a very interesting place in our research field because very old and very new cultures and innovative scientific activities were blended up in a very stimulating manner there. This is now far more the case with China. It is a miracle that people with such different backgrounds can be so friendly to each other. Do you know who caused this miracle? All the people involved did.
One of our important duties is to support the International Conference for Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC). In the past, ICMPC meetings were held in Kyoto, Seoul, Sydney, and Sapporo in our region. Probably we have to learn to work more closely together for such practical things. This will make our relationship stronger.
I would like to thank Shibin Zhou, who has been determined to realize this conference, and the organizers, including competent students, for their enormous effort. The APSCOM Advisory Board and the Science Committee, as well as a few extra reviewers, also played very important roles that should be acknowledged. This meeting would have been impossible without the continuous support of the Capital Normal University, and I am very grateful for this. Now I have to give an answer to my question above—APSCOM is as big as you think.