Hearing in Time

Hearing in Time : Psychological Aspects of Musical Meter

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Our sense that a waltz is "in three" or a blues shuffle is "in four" comes from our sense of musical meter. Hearing in Time uses cognitive theories of perception and attention to explore musical meter. London shows how our ability to follow musical meter is simply a specific instance of our more general ability to synchronize our attention to regularly recurring events in our environment. Thus, musical meter is subject to a number of fundamental perceptual and cognitive constraints that form the cornerstones of London's account. Because listening to music, like many other rhythmic activities, is something that we often do, London views it as a skilled activity for performers and non-performers alike. Hearing in Time approaches musical meter in the context of actual music performance rather than as a theoretical ideal. Its approach is not based on any particular musical style or cultural practice, so it uses familiar examples across a broad range of music - from Beethoven and Bach to Brubeck and Ghanaian drumming - bringing out fundamental similarities between a variety of different metric phenomena, such as the difference between so-called simple versus complex or additive meters. Because of its accessible style, Hearing in Time is for anyone interested in rhythm and meter, including cognitive psychologists, musicologists, musicians and music theorists.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 206 pages
  • 154.9 x 241.3 x 22.9mm | 476.28g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous figures and musical examples
  • 0195160819
  • 9780195160819
  • 1,676,653

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"London is able to formulate interesting hypotheses about a broad scope of phenomena from the performer's choice of tempo for a given piece to the affect or character of rhythmic figures performed in different tempos...London's study also goes beyond traditional theories of meter in that it embraces both Western and non-Western musical idioms."--Journal of Music Theory "London is able to formulate interesting hypotheses about a broad scope of phenomena from the performer's choice of tempo for a given piece to the affect or character of rhythmic figures performed in different tempos...London's study also goes beyond traditional theories of meter in that it embraces both Western adn non-Western musical idioms."--Journal of Music Theory "London is able to formulate interesting hypotheses about a broad scope of phenomena from the performer's choice of tempo for a given piece to the affect or character of rhythmic figures performed in different tempos...London's study also goes beyond traditional theories of meter in that it embracesboth Western adn non-Western musical idioms."--Journal of Music Theoryshow more

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Meter as a kind of attentional behaviour; 2. Research on temporal perception and its relevance for theories of musical meter; 3. Meter-rhythm interactions I: Ground Rules; 4. Metric representations and metric well-formedness; 5. Meter-rhythm interactions II: Problems; 6. Metric flux in Beethoven's Fifth; 7. Non-isochronous meters; 8. NI meters in theory and practice; 9. The many-meters hypothesis; Conclusion; References; Indexshow more

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