The brain does not necessarily perceive the sounds in music simultaneously as they are being played. New research sheds light on musicians’ implicit knowledge of sound and timing.
“It is very important for our overall impression of music that the details are right,” says musicologist Anne Danielsen at the RITMO Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion at the University of Oslo.
Together with her research colleague Guilherme Schmidt Câmara, she is looking for answers to what these details are. They know there are some basic rules relating to sound and timing which most creators of music comply with. Few, however, are aware of what they actually do in order to make it sound right.