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Hearing in TimePsychological Aspects of Musical Meter$
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Justin London

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744374

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744374.001.0001

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NI Meters in Theory and Practice

NI Meters in Theory and Practice

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(p.143) 9 NI Meters in Theory and Practice
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Hearing in Time
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Justin London

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744374.003.0009

The chapter begins with some general considerations of the effect of the overall size of an NI meter (cardinality) and interactions between NI meters and NI rhythms. Scale theory (that is, the constraints on well-formed musical scales) is applied to rhythmic patterns that are either over- or under-determined relative to a potential meter. NI meters in the context of various pulse cycles (from 8 to 16 pulses) are then considered, along with musical examples of each from western and non-western musical sources. The well-formedness constraint introduced in the previous chapters is refined: maximally-evenness must be judged for the entire metric hierarchy, and not just relative to a particular metrical cycle. The 12 cycle is also shown to be particularly rich in affording both isochronous and NI metric possibilities.

Keywords:   scale theory, cardinality, Bell Pattern, Tāla, hierarchic maximal evenness

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