Time in music
The issue of temporal perception is clearly relevant to any
study of musical rhythm. My thesis on periodicities in music proposed that
periodic events which recur at a rate higher than approximately 6 seconds are very
unlikely to be perceived as periodic without other related factors, due to the
intervention of psychological effects and memory processing. See music theory page.
Issues of psychological time and its relation to music have been
a favourite subject for my explorations, and my thoughts on them can be traced
in the following: "Temporal
Aspects of Music - Perception of Time", "Perception of Time
through the Lens of Music" and "Factors that Influence our
Perception of Time through Music".
The article The Breathing of Time in(to)
Music outlines my speculations on the specific factors within
the music itself which will tend to expand or shrink our sense of time. This
was a focus of the design of my electroacoustic work Eddies in the River of
Memory. Many of my compositions consciously examine aspects of temporal
issues, as described in the article Composition:
my laboratory for auditory perception research.
I am now collecting all of these topics into a book entitled A
Musician's Guide to Time.