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Different kinds of groove in jazz and dance music as indicated by listeners' ratings
Institutionen för psykologi, Uppsala universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5366-1169
2001 (English)In: Proceedings of the VII International Symposium on Systematic and Comparative Musicology and III International Conference on Cognitive Musicology / [ed] Henna Lapalainen, Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä , 2001, 108-112 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
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Groove – or swing – is a primordial aspect of music, more so for ingenous and functional kinds of music, such as dance- and folk music, than for art music. People appear to judge the amount of groove fast and effortlessly, although an objective or consistent definition is wanting. One possible definition of groove could be "suggestion to move to the pulse". It is not clear if the attribution of groove is inter-individually consistent across a large number of real music examples. If not, one could ask if different kinds of groove can be identified. In a first experiment to explore these issues, nonmusicians were asked to rate groove and a number of other adjectives commonly used for characterising music on a 10-point scale for 64 short excerpts from commercially available recordings of dance-, folk-, jazz-, and fusion music. The ratings were subjected to correlation- and factor analyses. The former may indicate to what extent groove is related to other typical dimensions, such as tension-calm, complexity–stability, and sadness-happiness. The latter may indicate if these examples contain features that contribute independently to groove. The results may help to understand the nature of groove, and its psychological significance, and to aid the design of research purporting to map the relationships between groove and objective properties of sound patterns.

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Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä , 2001. 108-112 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-46747OAI: diva2:440525
International Symposium on Systematic and Comparative Musicology, August 16-19, Jyväskylä, Finland
Available from: 2011-09-13 Created: 2011-09-13 Last updated: 2016-01-13Bibliographically approved

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