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The role of melodic and temporal cues in perceiving musical meter.
J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform. 2004 Oct; 30(5):956-74.JE

Abstract

A number of different cues allow listeners to perceive musical meter. Three experiments examined effects of melodic and temporal accents on perceived meter in excerpts from folk songs scored in 6/8 or 3/4 meter. Participants matched excerpts with 1 of 2 metrical drum accompaniments. Melodic accents included contour change, melodic leaps, registral extreme, melodic repetition, and harmonic rhythm. Two experiments with isochronous melodies showed that contour change and melodic repetition predicted judgments. For longer melodies in the 2nd experiment, variables predicted judgments best at the beginning of excerpts. The final experiment, with rhythmically varied melodies, showed that temporal accents, tempo, and contour change were the strongest predictors of meter. The authors' findings suggest that listeners combine multiple melodic and temporal features to perceive musical meter.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA. eeh5@cornell.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15462633

Citation

Hannon, Erin E., et al. "The Role of Melodic and Temporal Cues in Perceiving Musical Meter." Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance, vol. 30, no. 5, 2004, pp. 956-74.
Hannon EE, Snyder JS, Eerola T, et al. The role of melodic and temporal cues in perceiving musical meter. J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform. 2004;30(5):956-74.
Hannon, E. E., Snyder, J. S., Eerola, T., & Krumhansl, C. L. (2004). The role of melodic and temporal cues in perceiving musical meter. Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance, 30(5), 956-74.
Hannon EE, et al. The Role of Melodic and Temporal Cues in Perceiving Musical Meter. J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform. 2004;30(5):956-74. PubMed PMID: 15462633.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The role of melodic and temporal cues in perceiving musical meter. AU - Hannon,Erin E, AU - Snyder,Joel S, AU - Eerola,Tuomas, AU - Krumhansl,Carol L, PY - 2004/10/7/pubmed PY - 2005/1/29/medline PY - 2004/10/7/entrez SP - 956 EP - 74 JF - Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance JO - J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform VL - 30 IS - 5 N2 - A number of different cues allow listeners to perceive musical meter. Three experiments examined effects of melodic and temporal accents on perceived meter in excerpts from folk songs scored in 6/8 or 3/4 meter. Participants matched excerpts with 1 of 2 metrical drum accompaniments. Melodic accents included contour change, melodic leaps, registral extreme, melodic repetition, and harmonic rhythm. Two experiments with isochronous melodies showed that contour change and melodic repetition predicted judgments. For longer melodies in the 2nd experiment, variables predicted judgments best at the beginning of excerpts. The final experiment, with rhythmically varied melodies, showed that temporal accents, tempo, and contour change were the strongest predictors of meter. The authors' findings suggest that listeners combine multiple melodic and temporal features to perceive musical meter. SN - 0096-1523 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15462633/The_role_of_melodic_and_temporal_cues_in_perceiving_musical_meter_ L2 - http://content.apa.org/journals/xhp/30/5/956 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -