The perception of music

Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Containing Papers of a Biological Character
H C Longuet-Higgins

Abstract

A common but none the less remarkable human faculty is the ability to recognize and reproduce familiar pieces of music. No two performances of a given piece will ever be acoustically identical, but a listener can perceive, in both, the same rhythmic and tonal relationships, and can judge whether a particular note or phrase was played out of time or out of tune. The problem considered in this lecture is that of describing the conceptual structures by which we represent Western classical music and the processes by which these structures are created. Some new hypotheses about the perception of rhythm and tonality have been cast in the form of a computer program which will transcribe a live keyboard performance of a classical melody into the equivalent of standard musical notation.

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Citations

Jan 1, 1977·Perception·M J Steedman

Related Concepts

Computer Software
Sound Waves
Vocal Melody
Structure
Classical Music
Rhythmic Process (Biological)
Perception
Computers, Digital
Music
Hearing

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