The field of groove studies has seen an increased interest in recent years, but the factors influencing groove are still largely unknown. In order to study the groove phenomenon empirically, the availability of ecologically valid and modifiable acoustic stimuli is of crucial importance. This website presents the Lucerne Groove Research Library, a corpus of 250 drum beats designed for the use in groove studies. The beats have been extracted from popular recordings, and were played by 50 highly acclaimed drummers in the fields of pop, rock, funk and jazz.

The browse tab allows for an interactive exploration of the drum beats, with a graphical representation of user selected descriptors and further search options.

The download section of this website includes the complete collected metadata, timing measurements, a set of diverse acoustical descriptors, as well as transcriptions, midi and audio reconstructions.

We hope these materials may be useful for other scientists working in the field of groove studies.

Prof. Dr. Olivier Senn
lic. phil. Lorenz Kilchenmann
MA Toni Bechtold
MA Florian Hoesl