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TIME - Timing and Sound in Musical Microrhythm

When does a beat actually happen in time? What part of the beat’s sound constitutes its temporal position, and how does this perception or judgment depend upon a listener’s music-cultural background?

Musicians in a street parade

About the project

The project Timing and Sound in Musical Microrhythm (TIME) will conduct comparative investigations of four different rhythmic genres – jazz, electronic dance music, R&B/hip-hop and Scandinavian fiddle music – in order to gain new insights into the relationship between temporal and sound-related aspects of musical perception and performance.


The aim of the project is to understand the micro level of auditory perception and the role of cultural background and/or training in music in this regard.

Photo: Håkon Høgemo & Judith Vestreim, by David Zadig, (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Tags: Rhythm and Groove, Popular Music, Music Psychology
Published Aug. 24, 2016 10:19 AM - Last modified Sep. 22, 2021 3:10 PM