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SYMPOSIUM: "Microtiming and Musical Motion"

March 6-9, 2018

Musical microtiming refers to small-scale rhythmic irregularities and asynchronies, mostly on the order of 50–250 milliseconds. Such phenomena can have a profound effect on how music feels to the listener, including the qualities of motion that it evokes. This symposium explores some of these kinetic aspects of microtiming—including groove and flow in popular music—as well as some new methods and compositional applications of microtiming analysis.

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Past Events


September 14-15, 2017

This symposium explores strategies for externalizing and regulating an entraining agent: first the invention of clocks, later the metronome, and now click tracks in recordings and live concerts. The symposium supports a research project that builds on recent cognitive studies, exploring the historical and technological motivations for "playing in time," and assessing their impact on our collective engagement with music as a temporal art. Initially the project will focus on musicians and studio producers, but then on the experiences of average listeners and their awareness and appreciation of the human-technology interface.

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January 23-26, 2018

This symposium will explore intersecting tools and methodologies from the fields of music information retrieval, computational analysis, and experimental psychology, for application to the study of complex rhythmic structures. The symposium theme relates closely to Dr. Poudrier’s ongoing exploration of how perceptual processes and cognitive limits interact with musical creativity and expression through the use of polyrhythm and polymeter (the superposition of competing rhythms and meters). A computational approach supported with signal processing technology and complemented by behavioural studies would not only allow for the inclusion of music from oral traditions in this study, but also allow for a cross-cultural exploration of the psychological and social mechanisms at play in the creation of meaning through specific compositional techniques.

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