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Re: sometimes behave so strangely

Freed, Dan wrote:
If the rhythm of repetition is the key to switching the listener into a
musical perception mode, then perhaps the effect of Diana's
demonstration could be undermined by inserting irregular pauses between
the repetitions.
I played around a bit with the wav file, trying out repetitions of other speech segments,
which after 20 or so times failed to become music. I also tried distorting the "strangely" sentence
but couldn't lose the musical effect. I think part of the solution is to recognize that Diana actually IS singing,
which could explain why the effect is robust. If we don't at first hear it as song, then perhaps it's
that a trigger is needed to prompt that sort of schematization of pitch & rhythm that gives music part of its identity
as a structural pattern abstraction. Perhaps a musical context, not just repetition, could act as this trigger. If the fragment
is preceded with a 'b', say, on the piano or something, would anyone NOT immediately hear Diana's song?

-- eliot

Eliot Handelman PhD
Computational music theory & AI