Harmonic and rhythmic influences on musical expectancy.

  title={Harmonic and rhythmic influences on musical expectancy.},
  author={Mark A. Schmuckler and Marilyn Gail Boltz},
  journal={Perception & psychophysics},
  volume={56 3},
The effects of harmony and rhythm on expectancy formation were studied in two experiments. In both studies, we generated musical passages consisting of a melodic line accompanied by four harmonic (chord) events. These sequences varied in their harmonic content, the rhythmic periodicity of the three context chords prior to the final chord, and the ending time of the final chord itself. In Experiment 1, listeners provided ratings for how well the final chord in a chord sequence fit their… CONTINUE READING