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The non-notatable (In Western terms) variances in rhythmic performance; microtiming is essentially the miniscule timing deviants from an established metric periodicity.

Microtiming takes one of several identities in musical literature:

“Expressive” – the individual idiosyncrasies in a performance, including patterns of expression and spontaneous irregularities.

“Structural” – the systematic variations that generally pervade all musical performance (e.g. the lengthening of the last event in group).

“Stylistic” – the variation applied by practitioners of a particular musical style or genre (e.g., swing ratio, backbeat).

“Human Factor” – the random variations without which performance is generally experienced as mechanical.

(Citations – NYUAD?)


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  1. I did not provide citations for these. You can add some if you find them as you are doing your reading for your project.

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