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A fraction of a second is all you need to feel the music

A fraction of a second is all you need to feel the music

“Scientists have previously assumed that we perceive the timing at the beginning of a sound but have not reflected critically on what happens when the sounds have different shapes,” says musicologist Anne Danielsen. Photo: Colourbox.

Your brain does not necessarily perceive the sounds in music simultaneously as they are being played. New research sheds light on musicians’ implicit knowledge of sound and timing.

“It is very important for our overall impression of music that the details are right,” says musicologist Anne Danielsen at the RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion at the University of Oslo.

Together with her research colleague Guilherme Schmidt Câmara, she is looking for answers to what these details are. They know there are some basic rules relating to sound and timing which most creators of music comply with. Few, however, are aware of what they actually do in order to make it sound right. Full story.

Mari Lilleslåtten (RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion) / October 20, 2020

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