More cowbell: Measuring Beat Consistency with respect to Tempo and Metronome Variations

Owens, Steffan and Cunningham, Stuart (2017) More cowbell: Measuring Beat Consistency with respect to Tempo and Metronome Variations. In: 12th International Audio Mostly Conference on Augmented and Participatory Sound and Music Experiences (AM 2017), 23-26 August 2017, London, UK.

More Cowbell_Variations_inc c sheet.pdf

Download (368kB) | Preview


This paper investigates the relationship between a participants' ability to maintain consistent distance between taps or strikes (Inter-Onset Interval, or IOI), when provided with varying metronome conditions and tempos. This ability, alongside traditional isochronous sequence production, represents two qualities that can be measured to express a musicians' capacity to keep time accurately. The experiments asked participants to play along with a metronome. The timings of these taps were recorded and analysed to observe consistency and establish any effect metronome and tempo have. The results of the experiments suggest that when the metronome is continuous, its type (Cross-Rhythmic or Mono-Rhythmic) has no significant effect on IOI. This is also true of tempo. When the metronome is removed for a number of beats, however, the results suggest this does have a significant effect on IOI consistency, and that this also has a significant relationship to tempo. The results of this study suggest that a participants' ability to maintain a consistent IOI may not be influenced as strongly by metronomic audio information as their ability to reproduce an isochronous sequence in-phase with a metronome. This suggests that consistent IOIs and traditional, in-phase timekeeping are not as closely linked as could be expected.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Applied Science, Computing and Engineering
Depositing User: Hayley Dennis
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2018 08:46
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2018 08:46

Actions (login required)

Edit Item Edit Item