N Cycle

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In London’s system of metrical cycles, the N cycle is “the lowest/fastest level of attentional periodicity present; typically a level of subdivision that functions as a constrain on the formal organization of higher levels of metric structure” (London, 2012: 96). It is represented as the outer circle, shown in black in this diagram. The number of markings around the N cycle determines its cardinality (in this example, the cardinality is 8, so we can refer to the cycle as an 8 cycle).

image from http://www.people.carleton.edu/~jlondon/hierarchical_representatio.htm