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Re: maximum tatum (one tatum, two tata)
I find this discussion highly interesting and I would like to add some
personal observations, in relation to Rebecca's and Pierre's comments.
I spent a year in the army (28 years ago...) doing a lot of Morse code work
and eventually I came out as the fastest and most accurate "receiver". In
numbers this meant 160 wpm (which with Rebecca's estimation is up to 2560
bpm). In this particular case, listening to Morse had become an automatic
behaviour and I can assure you that you hear words rather than individual
characters at that speed. Testing max speed was, of course, done in highly
controlled environments and if measured in realistic combat settings, it
would be much lower, around 80 wpm.
About playing the piano like Jerry Lee Lewis :-)
1. As a part-time jazz/rock pianist, I sometimes do JLL stuff. Currently two
keys on my MIDI gear are electrically but not
mechanically defect and it is really annoying to hear two notes missing when
sliding along the keys.
2. In a recent experiment while working on mapping free gesture devices
(Polhemus Fastrak) to sound models, we mapped one coordinate axis in space
to a full semi-note arpeggio over 127 notes. Some of our postgrads did hear
if there were notes missing (due to errors in the gesture algorithm) while
others did not hear this at full speed. The approximate full-speed rate of
notes was 127 notes in 0.5 seconds = 254 notes per second. Nobody could
identify what note was missing, just that something was wrong.