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The nature and perception of fluctuations in human musical rhythms.

PLoS ONE 6:e26457 (2011)
Verlagsversion DOI PMC
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Although human musical performances represent one of the most valuable achievements of mankind, the best musicians perform imperfectly. Musical rhythms are not entirely accurate and thus inevitably deviate from the ideal beat pattern. Nevertheless, computer generated perfect beat patterns are frequently devalued by listeners due to a perceived lack of human touch. Professional audio editing software therefore offers a humanizing feature which artificially generates rhythmic fluctuations. However, the built-in humanizing units are essentially random number generators producing only simple uncorrelated fluctuations. Here, for the first time, we establish long-range fluctuations as an inevitable natural companion of both simple and complex human rhythmic performances. Moreover, we demonstrate that listeners strongly prefer long-range correlated fluctuations in musical rhythms. Thus, the favorable fluctuation type for humanizing interbeat intervals coincides with the one generically inherent in human musical performances.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
Schlagwörter RANGE TEMPORAL CORRELATIONS; 1/F NOISE; CARDIAC DYNAMICS; TIME-SERIES; HUMAN BRAIN; HUMAN GAIT; SYSTEMS; EXPONENTS; INTERVAL; COMPLEX
ISSN (print) / ISBN 1932-6203
Zeitschrift PLoS ONE
Quellenangaben Band: 6, Heft: 10, Seiten: , Artikelnummer: e26457 Supplement: ,
Verlag PLoS
Verlagsort Lawrence, Kan.
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