Vita Tom Fritz

1973 born in Karlsruhe, currently lives in Leipzig, Germany

2015 - Guest professor for Empirical Music Research at Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music, University of Gent

2014 – Group leader of research group “Music evoked brain plasticity” at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science, Leipzig

2013 – Postdoc at the department of Nuclear Medicine, University of Leipzig, guest researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and at IPEM in Gent

2012 - Postdoc at the department of Neurology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and guest scientist at IPEM in Gent

2011-2014 Art Director Helmholtzcentre for Cultural Techniques Berlin

2011 Visiting postdoc at the Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music (IPEM), Gent, Belgium, Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig

2008 – 2010 Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig

2003 - 2008 PhD thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig (summa cum laude)

2004 – 2006 student of Hanns Schimansky (drawing)

2003 – 2006 Study of fine arts at the Kunsthochschule Berlin, Germany

2005 Music-ethnological studies in North Cameroun

2002 Student of Eva Bodnar (drawing)

2002 Research stay at the BIDMC (harvard medical school)

2001 - 2002 Scientific assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Neuropsychology in Leipzig

2000 – 2001 Diploma thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Neuropsychology, Leipzig, title: ´Pleasant versus unpleasant – music as a tool in the research of emotion`

2000 - 2001 Performance lectures at the "academy of knowledge" at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, University Dresden, Goethe Institute Dresden

2000 Student of Klaus Meier (etching)

1994 - 1999 Student of Ariel Auslender (sculpture)

1994-2000 Studies in biology and drawing at the University of Darmstadt, 
diploma

 

GRANTS/AWARDS

2005 Stipend DAAD (field research in Cameroon)

2009 Equipment funding for the workshop by the Hermann von Helmholtz
         Center for Cultural Techniques in Berlin (arts&science)

2011 Stipend of the Schering-Stiftung (arts&science)

2013 Poster prize at ICCS

2013 Stipend of the MPICBS Leipzig (technology development fund)

2014 Winner of 4th Art of Neuroscience competition by the Royal Netherlands
         Academy of Arts and Sciences (soundtrack to movie Fire & Wire)

2015 Grant technology development and research Max Planck Society

 

Exhibitions/Performances

2015 Performance "Jymmin", Pop-Kultur-Festival Berghain-Club, Berlin

2014 Exhibition “Erkundungen des Jetzt – Exploring the Now”, Sonderausstellung, Hygienemuseum Dresden.

2014 Installation “Jymmin - duale Ruderzugmaschine”, Helmholtz-center for Cultural Techniques, Januar-Rundgang at Spinnerei Leipzig.

2013 Installation “Time machine I, Wheel of Time”, Helmholtz-center for Cultural Techniques, Mai-Rundgang at Spinnerei Leipzig.

2013 Exhibition “Die Dynamik von Handlungsmacht”, Helmholtz-center for Cultural Techniques, September-Rundgang at Spinnerei Leipzig.

2013 Exhibition of soundtrack (pseudonym: Tommy Manko) with the installation „Metronom“ of Tilo Baumgaertel, Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig.

2013 Soundtrack of movie 3Dbrain – Fire&Wire, Deep Space, ARS Electronica, Linz.

2013 Exhibition of soundtrack (pseudonym: Tommy Manko) with the installation „Metronom“ of Tilo Baumgaertel, Kunsthal Amersfoort, Netherlands


2013 Exhibition of soundtrack (pseudonym: Tommy Manko) with the installation „Metronom“ of Tilo Baumgaertel, Leipzig Art Panorama, Seongnam Art Center, South Korea.

2012 Installation and Jymmin performance with musical fitness machines at MCP in Antverp, Belgium

2012 Installation „Jymmin” at The Neurobureau, Spinnerei Leipzig, Germany

2012 Exhibition at Artroom, Rundgang at Spinnerei Leipzig.

2011 Exhibition for Midnight Coffee Preview at the IPEM, Gent, Belgium

2011 Exhibition of soundtrack (pseudonym: Tommy Manko) with the installation „Metronom“ of Tilo Baumgaertel, Amersfoort, Netherlands

2011 Exhibition of Replay Open Score at the Interdisciplinary College, Günne, Germany

2010 Exhibition of soundtrack (pseudonym: Tommy Manko) with the installation „Metronom“ of Tilo Baumgaertel, Galery Christian Ehrentraut, Berlin, Germany

2010 Performance-Vortrag “Der Kopf” (the head) at the group exhibition „HEAD“, Galerie G11, Berlin, Germany 

2008 Production of a demo music album for the homeless musicians Johnny Northern and Marc Harris „live on broadway“, New York. USA

2007 Radio play „Der kleine Punkt“ (the little dot) at the radio play festival „Hoerspielsommer 2007“, Leipzig, Germany

2007 Installation and performances “local wisdom” at the International Conference for Computer Music (ICCM) in Kopenhagen, Denmark

2007 Installation „Ping Pong For One Evening“, Feinkost Leipzig, Germany

2007 Performance „Die Affäre“(the affair) at the end of year party of the fellowship holders of the Jan van Eick Academy, Maastricht, Netherlands

2006 Exhibition „songs for the deaf“ at the Kunsthochschule Berlin, Germany

2005 Performance “Die Brücke” (the bridge), Tag der offenen Tür (day of the open house) at the Monbijou building of the Kunsthochschule Berlin, Germany

2005 Production of a demo music album for local musicians in Mokkolo und Maroua (local “hits” on Radio Maroua), Cameroon

2004 Performance „Die Affäre“ (the affair) at the „Rundgang“ (round tour exhibition) of the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, Germany

2003 Performance „Die Affäre“ (the affair) in the Schaubühne Lindenfels, at „Hitchhiking“, Galery Kleindienst, Leipzig, Germany

2002 Performance „Energie“ (energy) on the Ponte dell' Accademia, Venice, Italy

2002 Performance „Die Affäre“ (the affair) at the Zentraltheater (central theater) Leipzig, Galery Kleindienst, Germany

2001 Performance-lectures „Die Gegenwart“ (the present) at the “academy of knowledge“ organized by the SächsischesStaatsministerium fürWissenschaftund Kunst. Performances at the Max Planck Institut for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, at the Technical University Dresden, and at the Goethe-Institute Dresden

2001 Performance „Die Affäre“ (the affair) at the vernissage „Russisch Brot“ at the Hochschule für Graphik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, Germany

2001 Performance „Die Affäre“ (the affair) at the vernissage „Andrea Meng“ at the Galery C-Keller, Weimar, Germany

2000 Organizer/artistic director of the „2. Jahrtausend“ at the transition of the millenium at the Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden, Germany, http://www.hellerau.org/ performance „Die Fata-Morgana“

 

Publications

Articles

Fritz, TH, Vogt, M, Lederer, A, Schneider, L, Fomicheva, E, Schneider, M, Villringer, A (2015). Benefits of listening to a recording of euphoric joint music making in polydrug abusers. Frontiers in Psychology, accepted.

Fritz, TH, Mueller, K, Mildner, T, Richter, M, Schulze, K, Lepsien, J, Schroeter, M, Moeller, H (2015). Investigating the dynamics of the brain response to music: A central role of the ventral striatum/nucleus accumbens. Neuroimage, accepted.

Fritz, TH, Steixner, A, Boettger, J, Villringer A (2015). Losing track of time through delayed body representations. Frontiers in Psychology, accepted.

Jacobsen, J., Stelzer, J., Fritz, T., Chetelat, G., La Joie, R., Turner, R. (2015). Why musical memory can be preserved in advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Brain, in print.

Fritz T.H., Ciupek M., Kirkland A., Ihme, K., Guha A., Hoyer J., Villringer A. (2014). Enhanced response to music in pregnancy. Psychophysiology, DOI: 10.1111/psyp.12228.

Fritz, T. H., Niessen, M., Villringer, A., Leman, M. (2014). Reply to Padulo et al.: Jymmin, an easy-to-implement musical workout approach. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Doi 10.1073/pnas.1400569111.

Pehrs C, Deserno L, Bakels JH, Schlochtermeier H, Kappelhoff H, Jacobs AM, Fritz T, Koelsch S, Kuchinke L (2014). How music alters a kiss: superior temporal gyrus controls fusiform-amygdalar effective connectivity. SCAN doi:10.1093/scan/nst169.

Fritz, T. H., Halfpaap, J., Grahl, S., Kirkland, A., Villringer, A. (2013). Musical feedback during exercise machine workout enhances mood. Frontiers in Cognitive Science 4:921. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00921.

Fritz, T. H., Hardikar, S., Demoucron, M., Niessen, M., Demey, M., Giot, O., Li, Y., Haynes, J., Villringer, A. & Leman, M. (2013). Musical agency reduces perceived exertion during strenuous physical performance. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Doi 10.1073/pnas.1217252110.

Fritz, T. H., Schmude, P., Jentschke, S., Friederici, A. D., Koelsch, S. (2013). From understanding to appreciating music cross-culturally. PlosOne, volume 8 (9), e72500.

Fritz, T.H., Renders, W., Mueller, K., Schmude, P., Leman, M., Turner, R. & Villringer, A. (2013). Anatomical differences in human inferior colliculus relate to perceived valence of musical consonance and dissonance. European Journal of Neuroscience, European Journal of Neuroscience, Jul 16. doi: 10.1111/ejn.12305.

Fritz, T. (2013). The Dock-in Model of Music Culture and Cross-cultural Perception. Music Perception, volume 30, (5), 513–518.

Koelsch, S., Skouras, S., Fritz, T., Herrera, P., Bonhage, C., Küssner, M., Jacobs, A. (2013). Neural correlates of music-evoked fear and joy: The roles of auditory cortex and superficial amygdala. NeuroImage, volume 81, 49-60.

Mueller, K., Mildner, T., Fritz, T., Lepsien, J., Schwarzbauer, C., Schroeter, Möller, H. E. (2010). Investigating brain response to music: A comparison of different fMRI acquisition schemes. NeuroImage 54 (1), 337-343.

Fritz, T. (2010). The anchor model of musical culture. Proceedings of the International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD2010) http://www.icad.org/biblio.

Fritz, T., Jentschke, S., Gosselin, N., Sammler, D., Peretz, I., Turner, R., Friederici, A. D., & Koelsch, S. (2009). Universal Recognition of Three Basic Emotions in Music. Current Biology, 19(7), 573-576.

Fritz, T. and S. Koelsch (2008). The role of semantic association and emotional contagion for the induction of emotion with music. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31(05), commentary on Juslin & Vjästfjäll's Emotional Responses to Music: the Need to Consider Underlying Mechanisms, 579-580.

Koelsch, S., Schulze, K., Sammler, D., Fritz, T., Gruber, O. (2008). Functional Architecture of Verbal and Tonal Working Memory: An fMRI Study. Human Brain Mapping, DOI 10.1002/hbm.20550.

Koelsch, S., Fritz, T., Schlaug, G. (2008). Unexpected chord functions can modulate amygdala activity during music listening. NeuroReport 19(18): 1815-1819.

Fritz, T. (2007). Das motorische Repertoire des Stimmapparates im Dienste der Musikwahrnehmung. In Singen, Schriftenreihe Jahreskongress Bundesverband Deutscher Gesangspädagogen, ISBN 978-3-939141-01-3, Herausgeber: Bundes-verband Deutscher Gesangspädagogen.

Sammler, D., Grigutsch, M., Fritz, T., & Koelsch, S. (2007). Music and emotion: Electro-physiological correlates of the processing of pleasant and unpleasant music. Psychophysiology, 44: 293-304.

Koelsch, S., Fritz, T. (2007). Neuronale Korrelate der Musikverarbeitung. Verhaltens-therapie & Verhaltensmedizin, 28(1), 23-38.

Fritz, T., Koelsch, S. (2007). Musik und Emotion - Gibt es unterschiedliche Musikperzeption in verschiedenen Kulturen? Atlantische Texte, 28, 51-59.

Koelsch, S., Remppis, A., Sammler, D., Jentschke, S., Fritz, T., Bonnemeier, H., Mietchen, D., Siebel, W. A. (2007). Cardiac Signatures of Emotionality. European Journal of Neuroscience. 26: 3328–3338.

Koelsch, S., Fritz, T., Cramon, D.Y.v., Mueller, C., Friederici, A.D. (2006). Investigating emotion with music: An fMRI study. Human Brain Mapping, 27(3): 239-250.

Koelsch, S., Fritz, T., Schulze, K., Alsop, D., and Schlaug, G. (2005). Adults and children processing music: An fMRI study. Neuroimage, 25(4): 1068-1076.

Koelsch, S. & Fritz, T. (2003). Untersuchung von Emotion mit Musik: eine funktionell-bildgebende Studie. Sprache Stimme Gehör, 27, 62-65.

 

Book Chapters

Fritz, T., Koelsch, S. (2013). Emotional Communication as a cross-species homology underlying music processing. In “Emotional Communication”, Altenmüller, E., Zimmermann, S. (eds.). 300-312.

Uwe Seifert, Paul F. M. J. Verschure, Michael A. Arbib, Annabel J. Cohen, Leonardo Fogassi, Thomas Fritz, Gina Kuperberg, Jônatas Manzolli, and Nikki Rickard (2013). Semantics of Internal and External Worlds. From “Language, Music, and the Brain,” edited by Michael A. Arbib. Strüngmann Forum Reports, vol. 10, J. Lupp, series ed. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 978-0-262-01810-4.

Koelsch, S., Fritz, T., Siebel, W. (2009).  Functional Neuroimaging of Emotion with Music. In "Handbook of Music and Emotion". Juslin, P., Sloboda, J. (eds.).

Koelsch, S., Fritz, T. (2007).  Musik verstehen - Eine neurowissenschaftliche Perspektive. In "Musikalischer Sinn. Beiträge zu einer Philosophie der Musik." Alexander Becker, Matthias Vogel (eds.), Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Wissenschaft, Frankfurt am Main.

 

Books

Fritz, T. (2009). Emotion investigated with music of variable valence – neurophysiology and cultural influence. Dissertation. MPI Series In Human Cognitive And Brain Sciences. ISBN 978 3-936816-84-0. Published onlite at the Institutional Repository of the University of Potsdam: http://opus.kobv.de/ubp/volltexte/2009/2911/urn:nbn:de:kobv:317-opus-29114

 

Patents

Prioritätsbegründende Anmeldung (26.05.2010; Veröffentlichungsnummer 2389992) with the title "Training apparatus and system with musical feedback" at European patent office. Based on this are the following patent applications:

European patent office, publication nr.: 2575981

US patent office, publication nr.: 13/0116091

 

Talks

Music antrhropology (2013). Neuromusicology symposium at European Stroke Congress, London, England.

Benefizielle Effekte von Musik (2013). Brain Days, Linz, Austria.

Universalien von Musikwahrnehmung (2013). Brain Days, Linz, Austria.

The dock in model of musical culture – universals and cultural specifics in musical communication (2012). 3rd international congress on clinical neuromusicology, Brescia, Italy.

Gehirn und Kreativität – jeder Mensch ein Erfinder oder Komponist? (2012). Brain days, Loccum, Germany.

Gehirn und Musik: Aktivierung und Veränderung des Gehirns durch Hören und Musizieren (2012). Brain days, Loccum, Germany.

Gehirn und Kreativität – jeder Mensch ein Erfinder oder Komponist? (2012). Brain days, Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria.

Gehirn und Musik: Aktivierung und Veränderung des Gehirns durch Hören und Musizieren (2012). Brain days, Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria.

Music and Emotion in Musicethnology, fMRI and explorative arts installations (2011). IPEM, University of Gent, Belgium.

Investigating temporal changes of brain activity with pleasant and unpleasant music using fMRI. Müller, K., Fritz, T., Schulze, K., Mildner, T., Lepsien, J., Schroeter, M. L., & Möller, H. E. (2011). Talk presented at 28th Scientific Meeting of the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB). Leipzig, Germany. 2011-10-06 - 2011-10-08.

Musical Fitness Machines (2011). CNRS, Dijon, France.

Untersuchung der dopaminergen Antwort auf Musikpräsentation mittels PET und selektiven Radiotracern für die zentralen Dopamin-D1 und –D2  Rezeptoren (2011). University of Leipzig.

Das Emotionale (2011). Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig.

Untersuchungen zum Perzept von 'angenehm' und 'unangenehm' beim Hören von Musik (2011). Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Leipzig.

Investigation of Emotion with Music (2010). Junior research symposium. Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science, Leipzig.

Die universale Kraft der Musik (2010). 1. Kongress der Carinthischen Musikakademie Ossiach, Austria.

Der Kopf (the head) (2010). Performance-lecture at the group exhibition „HEAD“, Galerie G11, Berlin, Germany. 

Investigation of emotion with music – cross-cultural and brain imaging experiments (2009). Symposium on Music and the brain. University of Hamilton.

Die Wirkung von Musik auf den Menschen (2009). Kulturkreis der Industrie, Germany.

Wie der Mensch Musik verarbeitet (2009). Kirchgemeindenzentrum Nikoleikirche eV, Leipzig, Germany.

Einfluss von Musik auf die Hirnentwicklung des Kindes (2009). Kongress der Pädagogik, Hamburg, Germany.

Music in the auditory pathway (2008). Stony Brook, USA.

The physiological response to pleasantness and unpleasantness in music (2007). University of Montreal, Canada.