Udo Will

Research and Publications

Brief Biography

Udo Will's first love has been music. He holds a degree from the Detmold Academy of Music (majoring in composition) and a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Bielefeld. However, Will's background also includes a Master's degree (Dipl. Soc.) in Sociology, and a second Ph.D. in Neurobiology.

Dr. Will is extraordinarily well travelled. His ethnomusicological research in China was published as a book in 1994 (Die Zerstörung des Tiao, P. Lang Verlag, Frankfurt). For a decade, Will lived in Australia and carried out research on aboriginal music with Catherine Ellis. His professional experience includes a stint as as an agricultural field worker in Egypt.

Professor Will has presented research papers at numerous conferences in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He has published extensively in the fields of both neurobiology and ethnomusicology. Dr. Will will be joining the faculty in the School of Music beginning January 1, 2001. 





Current Projects:

1) fMRI Study on cortical processing of melodic and rhythmic information.
2) EEG study on entrainment of brain waves through music
3) Entrainment to non-periodic, non-metered Music ( with E. Berg / on North Indian alap)
4) Synchronization effects of musical rhythms on heartbeat and breathing rate



( Musicology / selection)


Will, U.  and Ellis, C.  (1994) Evidence for linear transposition in Australian Western Desert Vocal Music. Musicology Australia, Vol. XVII, pp.2-12.

Will,  U.(1995)  Structures of frequency organisation in  Central Australian Aboriginal Music. in: Proceedings of the Xth European Seminar in Ethnomusicology ESEM Xth, 1994.
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Will,U. and Ellis,C.J. (1996a) : A re-analyzed Australian Western Desert Song. Ethnomusicology, Vol.40/2, pp. 187-222.

Will, U. (1996b):Sounds from the Dreamtime and the Pythagorean Paradigm. A Review of  L.Barwick, A.Marett and G.Tunstill (eds)‘The Essence of Singing     and the Substance of Song. Recent responses to the Aboriginal Performing Arts and other Essays in Honour of Catherine Ellis’. in World of Music, 2 / 1996, pp.85-89.

Will, U. 1997: Two types of octave relationships in Central Australian Aboriginal     Music. Musicology Australia. Vol. XX, pp.6 - 14

Will, U. 1998a: A Musicologist’s dilemma: Technology and the Analysis of Music. Proceedings of the XIIIth European Seminar in Ethnomusicology, ESEM XIIIth, In: Finnish Yearbook of Ethnomusicology 1998, Helsinki, Vol.10, pp.5-12  Download English Version in PDF format

Will, U. 1998b: Et quand ils n’en disent rien? (And what if they say nothing..?). In: Cahiers de Musiques Traditionelles, Vol. XI.  Georg, Genève, pp.175-185.
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Will, U. 1999: La baguette magique d’ethnomusicologie. Re- penser la notation et l’analyse de la musique.(The magic wand of Ethnomusicology. Re-thinking notation and its application in music analyses) In: Cahiers de Musiques Traditionelles, Vol. XII.  Georg, Genève, pp.9-34.
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Will, U. (2004) Oral Memory in Australian Song Performance and the Parry-Kirk Debate: a Cognitive Ethnomusicological Perspective. In: Hickmann,E. and Eichmann,R.(eds): Proceedings of the International Study Group on Music Archaeology, vol.X.
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Clayton, M., Will, U., Sager, R. (2004) In Time with the Music: The concept of entrainment and its significance for ethnomusicology. ESEM-Counterpoint, Vol.1
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( Liguistics / selection)

Will, U., Nottbusch, G., and Weingarten, R. (in press) Linguistic Units in Word Typing. Effects of Word Presentation Modes and Typing Delay. Written Language and Literacy (in prep)

Will,U., Weingarten,R., Nottbush,G. and Albes,Ch. (in prep) Linguistische Rahmen und segmentale Information bei der Einzelwortschreibung (Linguistic frames and segmental information in discontinuous writing). In: C.Habel and Th.Pechmann (eds) Sprachproduktion, Westdeutscher Verlag.
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Weingarten, R., Will, U. and Nottbusch, G.(2004): Morphemes, syllables and graphemes in written language production. In: Pechmann, Thomas & Habel, Christopher (eds.) Language Production. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 529-572
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Nottbush, G., Grimm, A., Will, U., and Weingarten, R. (2005) Experience of spoken language is not crucial for syllabic structure in typing: Evidence from hearing-impaired writers. Reading and Writing 18: 497-526  Download PDF Version
Nottbusch, G., Weingarten, R. und Will, U. (1998 ): Schreiben mit der Hand und Schreiben mit dem Computer (Linguistic time structures in handwriting and writing with computers). Osnabrücker Beiträge zur Sprachtheorie, 56: 11-27.

( Neurobiology / selection)

Will,U.:  Efferent neurons of the lateral line system and the VIIIth cranial  nerve in the brainstem of  anurans.  Cell  Tissue Res. 225: 673-685 (1982).

Will,  U.:  Mauthner  neurons survive metamorphosis  in  anurans:  A comparative HRP study on the cytoarchitecture of  Mauthner Neurons in Amphibians. J.comp. Neurol. 244: 111-120 (1986)

Will,  U,:  Organization and projections of the area octavolateralis in amphibians. In: B.Fritzsch et al.(eds) The Evolution of the Amphibian auditory system. New York, Wiley, pp 185-208 (1988).

Will,  U.:  The Amphibian Mauthner Cell. In: J. Erber et al.: Neural mechanisms  of behavior.  Proc.  2nd ICN.  Thieme  Verlag, Stuttgart, New York. pp.214-215 (1989).
Will,  U.: Central mechanosensory lateral line system in Amphibians. In:  S.  Coombs,  P.Görner,  and H.Münz (eds) The Mechano-sensory Lateral Line. Neurobiology and Evolution. New York, Springer-Verlag. pp.365-386 (1989).

Will, U.: Research on the amphibian Mauthner cell: past and present. In:  Neurologica oggi.  Selected Symposia and  Monographs. Unione Zoologica Italiana (1992).

Will,U. (1991):  The Amphibian Mauthner Cell. Anatomical, physiological and  behavioral aspects. Brain Behav. Evol. 37: 317-332.

Will, U. and  G.Luhede:  Organization of sensory input to the  torus semicircularis of Xenopus laevis.  Verh.  Dtsch. Zool Ges. 77: 345 (1984).

Will, U. and B.Fritzsch: The octavus nerve of amphibians. Peripheral and central distribution.  In B.Fritzsch et al.  (eds) The Evolution  of  the Amphibian Auditory  System.  New  York, Wiley, pp.159-183 (1988).

Will, U., G.Luhede and P.Görner: The area octavolateralis of Xenopus laevis.  Part  I:  The primary afferent  projection. Cell
Tissue Res. 239: 147-161 (1985).

Will, U. ,G.Luhede and P.Görner: The area cotavolateralis of Xenopus laevis.  Part II:  secondary and higher projections.  Cell Tissue Res. 239: 162-175 (1985).

Will,U.,H.Kortmann and H.Flohr:  HRP study on structural changes  in the commissural fiber system of Rana temporaria  following labyrithectomy. In: H.Flohr (ed) Post-Lesion  Neural Plasticity. New York, Springer, pp. 345-355 (1988).

Will,U.,H.Kortmann   and  H.Flohr: Collateral sprouting in the commissural fiber system following labyrinthectomy in the frog. In:  N.Elsner  and  G.Barth  (eds)  Sense organs: Interfaces between Environment and Behavior. Proc. 16th. Gött. Neurobiol. Conference. p.201 (1988).

Fritzsch,B., A.M.Nikundiwe and U.Will: Projection Pattern of lateral line afferents in anurans. A comparative HRP study. J.comp.Neurol. 229: 451-469 (1984).

Fritzsch,B.,  U.Will and A.M.Nikundiwe: The area octavo-lateralis of amphibian:  a reinterpretation. Fortschr. d. Zool 30: 603-606 (1985).

Flohr,H., A.Burt, U.Will and R.Ammelburg: Vestibular compensation: a paradigm for lesion-induced neuronal plasticity. In:  H.Rahman (ed.) System (1989)