Presentation at the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC)
The 14th biennial International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC14) will be held July 5-9th, 2016 in San Francisco, USA. The poster Periodic Body Motions as Underlying Pulse in Norwegian Telespringar will be presented by Mari Romarheim Haugen.
Periodic Body Motions as Underlying Pulse in Norwegian Telespringar
(Haugen, M. R.)
The pulse in music is considered to be a fundamental reference level for the perception of rhythm. The preconception that the underlying pulse must consist of a series of isochronous beats is challenged by music styles that seem to be in non-isochronous meter, such as certain traditional Scandinavian dance music genres. This study investigates periodic body motion as a reference structure in a specific style of traditional Norwegian dance music called telespringar. Telespringar is often referred to as being is in so-called asymmetrical triple meter—that is, the underlying beats in a measure are of uneven duration.
Three professional telespringar performers, a fiddler and two dancers, participated in the study. The performers’ body motion was recorded using a state-of-the-art optical infrared motion capture system from Qualisys. Motion analysis of the fiddler's foot stamping indicated a very stable long - medium - short duration pattern at beat level. Analysis of the dancers' vertical hip motion also revealed a stable motion pattern that seemed to be synchronized with the duration pattern indicated by the fiddler's foot stamping. This result support the view that the underlying pulse in telespringar consists of beats of uneven duration.