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Fabian Moss was born in Cologne, Germany, and studied Mathematics and Educational Studies at University of Cologne, and Music Education (Major Piano) and Musicology at Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln.

His PhD project aims at combining and integrating the strengths of several different research disciplines, namely musical syntax, (mathematical) music theory, and music cognition to develop a formal model of extended tonality which can be used to make predictions for subsequent empirical research. Moreover, this will also allow for a more complete picture of the evolution of tonality and compositional practices.