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Time Will TellA Theory of Dynamic Attending$
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Mari Riess Jones

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190618216

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190618216.001.0001

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Meter and Rhythm

Meter and Rhythm

How We Hear Them

(p.183) 9 Meter and Rhythm
Time Will Tell

Mari Riess Jones

Oxford University Press

The primary goal of this chapter is to establish that meter and rhythm, usually treated as distinctly different structures in music, share similar origins in dynamic attending theory. Against a review of prominent approaches that concentrate on differentiating rhythm from meter, this chapter points out ways in which both types of time structure afford musical driving rhythms. However, meters in music tend to activate metric oscillator clusters in listeners whereas the time patterns of rhythm typically activate rhythmic attractor profiles in listeners. Also discussed in this chapter are accents and distinctions between objective and subjective salience in accents.

Keywords:   meter, rhythm, metric oscillator clusters, rhythmic attractor profiles, accents, accent salience

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