Tempo and Rhythm

  • J. Devin McAuley
Part of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research book series (SHAR, volume 36)


It is a remarkable feat that listeners develop stable representations for auditory events, given the varied, and often ambiguous, temporal patterning of acoustic energy received by the ears. The focus of this chapter is on empirical and theoretical approaches to tempo and rhythm, two aspects of the temporal patterning of sound that are fundamental to musical communication.


Weber Fraction Interval Model Interval Theory Probe Tone Musical Event 
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Many thanks to Mari Riess Jones, Laura Dilley, Molly Henry, and Nathan Miller for detailed comments on an earlier version of this chapter. Thanks also to Laura Dilley for help with figures. The author received support for this work from the National Science Foundation (BCS 0818271).


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