The distinctly human capacity for sophisticated rhythmic play is engaged in diverse musical traditions found the world over.
The Rhythm Research Cluster will investigate three questions fundamental to our understanding of musical rhythm and rhythmic play:
- How do the perceptual processes and cognitive limits governing human rhythmic behavior interact with musical creativity and expression?
- What is the impact of technologies of musical coordination (from the metronome to the click track) upon our collective engagement with music as a temporal art?
- What is the relationship between small-scale rhythmic variations (measureable at the millisecond level) and the embodied experience of musical motion?
To pursue these questions, the cluster will bring together scholars from the fields of music theory, ethnomusicology, music cognition, and computational musicology, as well as practitioners from the applied fields of composition, performance, and music production.