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Reproduction of familiar melodies and the perception of tonal sequences

Reproduction of familiar melodies and the perception of tonal sequences

Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 61(2): 534-541

A sample of professional classical musicians and a selected nonmusicians group was used. Both groups used an original production method to represent melodies and tonal sequences. The performance of the 2 groups was compared under conditions of dictation and production, using a contour task and a magnitude-estimation task. Although the musicians were generally superior, there was little difference between musicians and nonmusicians in terms of perception of melodic contour. Both groups performed at a much lower level when estimating interval magnitudes, suggesting that the size of pitch intervals was not normally coded in terms of magnitude. This finding was discussed in the light of Dowling and Fujitani's interpretation; an alternative matching model was proposed.

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Accession: 006315886

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PMID: 845315

DOI: 10.1121/1.381295

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