Perception & Psychophysics

, Volume 41, Issue 6, pp 621–634 | Cite as

Dynamic pattern structure in music: Recent theory and research

  • Mari Riess Jones


Recent theory and research addressed to dynamic pattern structure in music is reported. Dynamic pattern structure refers to the ways in which rhythm and melody combine; it is summarized here in terms of the constructof joint accent structure. Properties of joint accent structures involving accent couplings and time symmetries are used to address standard psychological issues of pattern similarity and pattern simplicity as they are realized in musical tasks. In particular, experimental work on melody recognition reveals the importance of formalizations concerning dynamic pattern similarities, and other research on reproductions of music-like patterns reveals the potential of a time-based approach to dynamic pattern simplicity.


Pitch Contour Dynamic Shape Musical Structure Pitch Interval Time Symmetry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mari Riess Jones
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.The Netherlands Institute for Advanced StudyWassenaarThe Netherlands
  2. 2.The Ohio State UniversityColumbus

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