Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis


Mathematics and Statistics

Thesis Type

College of Arts and Science Honors, Honors College

First Advisor

Patricia Julien


"music", "groove, " "groove perception", "microtiming deviations", "quantization"


Microtiming deviations and their exact relationship to groove perception is an emerging field of study, in which many general beliefs about the nature of music have yet to be statistically proven. Although growing evidence supports the importance of microtiming deviations in swing grooves, the understanding of their role in funk grooves is poorly understood. This study presented survey participants with five sets of bass and drum audio samples, each consisting of a quantized and original audio pairing, to assess how they were perceived. Results showed that quantization never improved groove, but did not always degrade the perception of groove either.

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