chapter  3
The Neural Dynamics of Rhythm
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To paraphrase a famous quote by Igor Stravinsky, one of the most important aspects of the function of music is to communicate time. Stravinsky was not simply referring to music’s timekeeping process as a purely chronological clock that counts time in subdivisions of duration units. Rather, in music the human brain creates and experiences a unique, highly complex, time-ordered, and integrated process of perception and action based on sensory events, as well as complex perceptual, cognitive, and affective operations. In music, the listener and performer experience time-in the temporal dimensions of sequence and simultaneity-as a regulated flow of sensory events, evoking associated emotions and thoughts in a time-ordered process and structuring coordinated movements in synchronized time to physically express music or create music.