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Re: maximum 'tatum' speed perception

It would also depend on, I would suppose, the operational definition of "perception".  That is, one could come up with a variety of experimental paradigms that would give differing estimates of how dense musical material could be heard, depending on the rigour of the operational definition.  Transcription would give one sort of limit; on the other hand, one could present a pitch stream followed by a single pitch, and then ask the person to indicate whether or not the pitch was in the stream--like a pitch version of the Sternberg memory search paradigm.  That would give a lower limit (this must have been done somewhere).
Geoff Collier