Ethnomusicology students present at ICTM World Conference

September 8, 2017
Cheong, Fan and Kung

Members of the Ohio State Cognitive Ethnomusicology Lab, including Claire Yu Fan (PhD candidate, musicology), Yong Jeon Cheong (PhD candidate, musicology) and Hsiang-Ning (Dora) Kung (PhD, 2017, musicology) organized a panel presentation on "Time Difference—Discovering Cultural Diversity in Rhythm Processing" at the 44th International Council of Traditional Music (ICTM) World Conference, which was held in July at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, Ireland. The panel discussed how cultural factors shape rhythm cognition while applying cognitive methods in cross-cultural studies.

In her study "Understanding the Cultural Influence on Pitch-Duration Interaction," Fan demonstrated that linguistic and musical backgrounds can influence human timing behavior by affecting the interaction between pitch and duration perception. As the recipient of the 2017 International Awards for Visual and Performing Arts from the College of Arts and Sciences, Cheong presented her paper entitled "Sound of Action: Musical Onomatopoeia as Embodied Signs." She discussed the role of musical onomatopoeia in memorizing rhythm and provided supporting evidence from rhythm memorization experiments. Kung gave the presentation "Diversely Heard: A Cross Cultural Study on Pulse and Complex-Meter Perception," in which she discussed cross-culturally the relationship between pulse, grouping and meter, and how this relationship is shaped by one’s previous metrical experiences.