SHORT TERM PITCH MEMORY IN WESTERN vs OTHER EQUAL TEMPERAMENT TUNING SYSTEMS

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Unit:
Department of Music Studies
Title:
SHORT TERM PITCH MEMORY IN WESTERN vs OTHER EQUAL TEMPERAMENT TUNING SYSTEMS
Languages of Item:
English
Abstract:
This study investigates the use of short-term memory for pitch recognition in a Western (12-tone) vs. a 10-tone equal temperament context. 10 subjects with at least one year of formal music and theory training participated in an experiment that consisted of two identical music lis- tening tests (one per tuning system) in which they were trained to recall a reference tone and count the number of times it recurred in various short monophonic melodies. In the parts of the experiment where subjects used their short-term memory to execute one-to-one comparisons between the given reference tone and the melody tones, the results were equivalent for both tuning modes. On the other hand, when subjects tried to recall the reference tone directly from long-term memory, the results were noticeably better for the Western tuning context.
Publication year:
2010
Authors:
Andreopoulou, Areti
Farbood, Morwaread
Publisher:
Sound and Music Computing Conference
Conference title:
7th Sound and Music Computing Conference (SMC)
Pages:
1-5
Keywords:
Music Technology, Short term memory, long term memory
Main subject category:
Technology - Computer science
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