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Re: Rhythm perception

I guess the problem you refer to is "beat induction": how do listeners arrive at a metrical interpretion when listening to a rhythm. H.C. Longuet-Higgins was one of the first to address the problem in a computational way (see H.C. Longuet-Higgings, Mental Proceses. Studies in cognitive sciences, MIT press, 1987). The literature since then is vast, approaching the problem with a wide variety of computational paradigms (see, e.g., * for an overview, or the papers in the "foot-tapping" session at ICMC 1992; **).

Henkjan Honing

*  http://www.hum.uva.nl/mmm/abstracts/dh-100.html
** http://www.hum.uva.nl/mmm/mmm-2003/fun/beat.html

On 15 Nov 2005, at 13:40, John ffitch wrote:

We were discussing rhythm patterns the other day and the question came
up about how one determined the start of a pattern.  If there is a
heavy emphasis on one beat of the sequence then I can understand that
that is taken as the first beat.
  But if the sequence is unemphasised how does one decide?  Or do
people decide differently, or is it cultural?

I am not sure where to start to look -- as ever this is outside my
general field of study -- but I though this list might be the place
to ask for clues.

I hope I have explained the question sufficiently!

==John ffitch


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