Analysing multi-person timing in music and movement: Event based methods

Mark T. Elliott, Dominic Ward, Ryan Stables, Dagmar Fraser, Nori Jacoby, Alan M. Wing

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Accurate timing of movement in the hundreds of milliseconds range is a hallmark of human activities such as music and dance. Its study requires accurate measurement of the times of events (often called responses) based on the movement or acoustic record. This chapter provides a comprehensive over - view of methods developed to capture, process, analyse, and model individual and group timing [.] This chapter is structured in five main sections, as follows. We start with a review of data capture methods, working, in turn, through a low cost system to research simple tapping, complex movements, use of video, inertial measurement units, and dedicated sensorimotor synchronisation software. This is followed by a section on music performance, which includes topics on the selection of music materials, sound recording, and system latency. The identification of events in the data stream can be challenging and this topic is treated in the next section, first for movement then for music. Finally, we cover methods of analysis, including alignment of the channels, computation of between channel asynchrony errors and modelling of the data set.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTiming and Time Perception
Subtitle of host publicationProcedures, Measures, and Applications
EditorsArgiro Vatakis, Fuat Balcı, Massimiliano Di Luca, Ángel Correa
Number of pages39
ISBN (Electronic)9789004280205
ISBN (Print)9789004280199
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Neuroscience
  • General Psychology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Social Sciences


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