Guilherme Schmidt Câmara

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Research Project

In my Ph.D. project, I will be investigating the interaction between timing and sound at the level of rhythmic production, as well as perception, in live groove-based contexts. In the ‘production’ component, a series of performance experiments will seek to answer to what extent instrumentalists might systematically manipulate ‘sound’ parameters – such as intensity, acoustic envelope and timbre – when playing under various instructed microrhythmic timing conditions (‘laid-back’, ‘pushed’, or ‘on-the-beat’). In the ‘perception’ component, by using real musical stimuli from recordings of the performance experiments (as opposed to artificial/synthetic sounds more commonly used in audio perception studies) a series of ‘P-center’ (perceptual center) experiments will seek to discern how various microtiming configurations might alter subjects’ temporal perception of those instruments’ sounds – both when presented as single, isolated events, as well as in compound forms. The extent to which cultural familiarity with groove-based genres and/or instrument training may influence both the general production and perception of micro-temporal/sound relationships will also be of central concern.

My Ph.D. is a part of the Timing and Sound in Musical Microrhythm (TIME) project at the Department of Musicology (IMV). http://www.hf.uio.no/imv/english/research/projects/time/

Background

I have a Bachelor’s (2013) and Master’s degree (2016) in Musicology from the Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo. My main academic area of interest has been rhythmic analysis of groove-based music – that is, the study of temporal relationships between constituent groove elements, all the way from the macro-structural level (measure-length, basic rhythmic patterns) to the micro level (order of tens of milliseconds). Questions such as ‘what makes a rhythmic pattern, in fact, groove’, and ‘how do performers successfully produce/perceive groove’ have been of central importance to my research. In my master’s thesis, I empirically investigated the extent to which pioneer musicians of classic funk and jazz-funk (1967-1971) applied microrhythmic expression devices such as ‘swing’ (non-isochronous subdivision) as well as asynchrony, at the 16th-note level.

Parallel to my scholarly pursuits, I have been active as a performing musician (guitar and percussion) for several years, playing with a variety of funk/soul, reggae/ska and samba/bossa-nova groups, as well as a composer/arranger and recording engineer/producer. As of 2018, my main musical activity is as guitarist, composer/arranger, and band director of the 8-piece funk-soul ensemble, ‘Baba Soul & The Professors of Funk’.

 

Tags: Microtiming, Empirical Musicology, Groove, Rhythm Analysis, Music Cognition, Audio Perception, P-Center Studies

Publications

Câmara, Guilherme Schmidt & Danielsen, Anne (2018). "Groove", In Rehding Alexander & Rings Steven (ed.),  The Oxford Handbook of Critical Concepts in Music Theory.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 9780190454746.  

Câmara, Guilherme Schmidt (2016). Swing in early Funk and Jazz-Funk (1967-1971): Micro-rhythmic and Macro-structural investigations. Master thesis, University of Oslo Press.

Danielsen, Anne; Nymoen, Kristian; Anderson, Evan; Câmara, Guilherme Schmidt; Langerød, Martin Torvik; Thompson, Marc R. & London, Justin (2019). Where is the beat in that note? Effects of attack, duration, and frequency on the perceived timing of musical and quasi-musical sounds. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.  ISSN 0096-1523.  45(3), s 402- 418 . doi: 10.1037/xhp0000611

 

Discography

Baba Soul & The Professors of Funk - Chronotapes. So Real International 2017. (Album - Producer/Composer/Arranger/Performer) [Soul/Funk]

Chakras - Understand. 2015(Album - Perfomer/Arranger) [Reggae/Ska]

 

  • Danielsen, Anne; Nymoen, Kristian; Anderson, Evan; Câmara, Guilherme Schmidt; Langerød, Martin Torvik; Thompson, Marc R. & London, Justin (2019). Where is the beat in that note? Effects of attack, duration, and frequency on the perceived timing of musical and quasi-musical sounds. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.  ISSN 0096-1523.  45(3), s 402- 418 . doi: 10.1037/xhp0000611 Show summary
  • Câmara, Guilherme Schmidt & Danielsen, Anne (2018). Groove, In Rehding Alexander & Rings Steven (ed.),  The Oxford Handbook of Critical Concepts in Music Theory.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 9780190454746.  Groove. Full text in Research Archive. Show summary

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  • Câmara, Guilherme Schmidt; Nymoen, Kristian & Danielsen, Anne (2019). Timing is Everything... Or is it? Part II: Effects of Instructed Timing Style and Timing Reference on Drum-Kit Sound in Groove Performance.
  • Câmara, Guilherme Schmidt; Nymoen, Kristian; Lartillot, Olivier & Danielsen, Anne (2019). Timing is Everything... Or is it? Part I: Effects of Instructed Timing and Reference on Guitar and Bass Sound in Groove Performance.
  • Sioros, George; Câmara, Guilherme Schmidt; Danielsen, Anne & Nymoen, Kristian (2019). Timing and drummers’ movement: A novel methodology for performance analysis. Show summary
  • Câmara, Guilherme Schmidt (2018). Original concert performance with funk/soul ensemble "Baba Soul & The Professors of Funk", Oslo World Music Festival 2018.
  • Câmara, Guilherme Schmidt (2018). Presentation of Mocap Component of Performance Experiments from the Timing and Sound in Musical Microrhythm (TIME) project.
  • Câmara, Guilherme Schmidt (2018). Presentation of preliminary findings: Effects of Instructed Timing on Guitar and Bass Sound in Groove Performance.
  • Danielsen, Anne; Nymoen, Kristian; Haugen, Mari Romarheim & Câmara, Guilherme Schmidt (2017). Project presentation: Timing and Sound in Musical Microrhythm (TIME).
  • Martin, Charles Patrick; Gonzalez Sanchez, Victor Evaristo; Kelkar, Tejaswinee; Zelechowska, Agata; Berggren, Stig Johan; Hopgood, Christina; Wallace, Benedikte; Brustad, Henrik; Utne-Reitan, Bjørnar; Ellefsen, Kai Olav; Nygaard, Tønnes Frostad; Søyseth, Vegard Dønnem; Câmara, Guilherme Schmidt & Diaz, Ximena Alarcón (2017). Ensemble Metatone - Improvised Touchscreen Performance.

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Published Apr. 24, 2017 10:59 AM - Last modified Nov. 11, 2019 10:06 AM