Quantifying the Strategy Taken by a Pair of Ensemble Hand-Clappers under the Influence of Delay
Pairs of subjects were placed in two acoustically isolated rooms clapping together under an influence of delay up to 68 ms. Their trials were recorded and analyzed based on a definition of compensation factor or CF. This parameter was calculated from the recorded observations for both performers as a discrete function of time and thought of as a measure of the strategy taken by the subjects while clapping. Increasing the delay CF was shown to be increased linearly as it is desired to avoid tempo decrease for such high latencies. Theoretically a critical value for CF was defined as tempo over measure (or beat) duration and was used to explain why very short latencies may lead to a tempo acceleration in accordance with Chafe effect.
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