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Structure and time

Structure and Time

What are the basic features of musical rhythm and how do rhythm and other temporal structures influence our experience of musical time?

About the research

We investigate the structure and aesthetics of musical rhythm and their link to perceptual, cognitive and motor mechanisms. We are also interested in the role of rhythm, temporal structure and timing in the experience of long-lasting musical form and more fragmented, audiovisual musical formats. Overarching questions are how genre familiarity, technology and socio-cultural context interact with perceptual and cognitive mechanisms in the experience of rhythm and time.

Man playing drums


Methodologically, we rely on a broad range of approaches, from musical analysis, performance study, qualitative interviews and interpretation to behavioural experiments, computational analysis and motion capture.​

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