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Syncopation creates the sensation of groove in synthesized music examples
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2014 (English)In: Frontiers in Psychology, ISSN 1664-1078, E-ISSN 1664-1078, Vol. 5, article id 1036Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In order to better understand the musical properties which elicit an increased sensation of wanting to move when listening to music groove we investigate the effect of adding syncopation to simple piano melodies, under the hypothesis that syncopation is correlated to groove. Across two experiments we examine listeners' experience of groove to synthesized musical stimuli covering a range of syncopation levels and densities of musical events, according to formal rules implemented by a computer algorithm that shifts musical events from strong to weak metrical positions. Results indicate that moderate levels of syncopation lead to significantly higher groove ratings than melodies without any syncopation or with maximum possible syncopation. A comparison between the various transformations and the way they were rated shows that there is no simple relation between syncopation magnitude and groove.

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2014. Vol. 5, article id 1036
Keywords [en]
groove, syncopation, movement, rhythm, listening experiment, music
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-93059DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01036ISI: 000341859200003PubMedID: 25278923OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-93059DiVA, id: diva2:746009
Available from: 2014-09-11 Created: 2014-09-11 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved

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