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Slow motion: Transformations of musical time in perception and performance

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Project "SloMo" data sheet

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Organization address
address: MITTELWEG 177
postcode: 20148
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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Total cost 1˙923˙190 €
 EC max contribution 1˙923˙190 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-04-01   to  2022-03-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG DE (HAMBURG) coordinator 1˙923˙190.00


 Project objective

Slow motion is widely employed in popular media such as emotional movie scenes or in the broad-casting of momentous bodily and physical actions. Slow motion functions as a counterpoint to the perceived acceleration of life, and non-profit organisations and meditation practices promote its virtues. Slow motion is used as a beneficial rehearsal strategy in music, dance, and other movement-based arts and sports. This research proposal shifts existing boundaries by hypothesizing that the time-stretching mechanism of slow motion is a) associated with high emotional significance, b) beneficial for interpersonal coordination, c) relevant in cross-modal approaches with augmented feedback such as the sonification of human movements, d) reduces cognitive working memory load in learning. It is assumed that music as a temporal-motional art is central for the study of these processes, since music consists of structured time at different hierarchical levels and deeply “moves” people. The musical surface structure (on a note-to-note level) allows synchronisations at higher tempi compared to deeper structural levels (such as strong beats in a measure or phrases). Music may thus transform perceptions of motion and time. The proposed project contains three main phases, first addressing the perception of slow motion in music and dance in relation to the attentional, emotional and aesthetic effects on the audience. In the second phase, performance qualities are studied, addressing cognitive load, imagery, and interpersonal coordination at slow tempi. High-speed cameras, a 3D motion capture system and physiological measures are used to analyse the psychological and bodily processes involved. The final phase aims at the creation of three applications, including a learning app for portable devices, a film with super slow motion sequences based on the studies, and sonifications of Tai Chi movements. These applications present the aesthetic dimensions of slow motion to a wider audience.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Visi, F., Hammerschmidt, D., & Wöllner, C.
Using Unimanual and Bimanual Tapping to Explore Synchronisation with Musical Rhythmic Layers.
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15th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition / 10th Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music 2019-11-15
2019 Wang, X., Wöllner, C., & Shi, Z.
How does time fly in inconsistent audiovisual contexts? An exploratory study with a temporal bisection paradigm
published pages: 88-90, ISSN: , DOI:
Tagungsband der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Musikpsychologie 2019-11-15
2018 Wöllner, C. & Hammerschmidt, D.
Stretching time in audiovisual media: Influences of playback technology and music on perceived emotion and induced arousal.
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Proceedings of SEMPRE MET2018 2019-11-15
2019 Hammerschmidt, D., Wöllner, C., & London, J.
Time-Stretching: Über den Zusammenhang von Tempo- und Zeitwahrnehmung beim Musikhören
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Tagungsband der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Musikpsychologie 2019-11-15
2020 Hammerschmidt, D., & Wöllner, C.
Sensorimotor synchronisation with higher metrical levels in music shortens perceived time
published pages: , ISSN: 0730-7829, DOI:
Music Perception 2019-11-15
2019 Allingham, E., & Wöllner, C.
Effects of attentional focus on motor skill performance in violin bowing
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SEMPRE autumn conference ‘Expression, Communication and Learning’ 2019-11-15
2017 Wöllner, C., Albrecht, H., Hammerschmidt, D., & Hohagen, J.
Slow motion in films and video clips: The role of music on perceived duration, emotions and eye movements.
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25th Anniversary Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music 2019-11-15
2018 Hammerschmidt, D., & Wöllner, C.
Eye movements in film perception: The Impact of emotional music and playback speed.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
15th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition / 10th Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music 2019-11-15
2018 Clemens Wöllner, David Hammerschmidt, Henning Albrecht
Slow motion in films and video clips: Music influences perceived duration and emotion, autonomic physiological activation and pupillary responses
published pages: e0199161, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0199161
PLOS ONE 13/6 2019-05-15
2018 David Hammerschmidt, Clemens Wöllner
The impact of music and stretched time on pupillary responses and eye movements in slow-motion film scenes
published pages: , ISSN: 1995-8692, DOI: 10.16910/jemr.11.2.10
Journal of Eye Movement Research 11(2):10 2019-05-15

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