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Re: Identification of musical tones

There are a series of studies on instrument identification with initial attacks or final releases removed:

C. Elliott (1975) Journal of research in Music Education 23, 35-40.
Erickson (1975) Sound Structure in Music.
Campbell & Heller (1979) Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education 59, 18-23.
Iverson & Krumhansl (1993) JAMA 94, 2595-2603.
John Hajda (1996), 101st Convention of Audio Engineering Society, preprint No. 4391.

I don't have the sources nearby, but I'm sure that most of them have confusion matrices.

Best wishes,

Scott Spiegelberg, PhD
Assistant Professor of Music
DePauw University School of Music
1106 Green Center for Performing Arts

On Apr 3, 2008, at 1:46 PM, Bruno L. Giordano wrote:


I am investigating the human identification of the tones of real/simulated musical instruments.

I need to check data (confusion matrices) from previous studies.

After a more or less extensive search, I came up with a surprisingly low number of publications that do so:

1. Clark et al. (1963)
2. Berger (1964)
3. Strong and Clark (1967)
4. Grey (1977)
5. Martin (1999)
6. Srinivasan et al. (2002)

Is anybody aware of other publications (journal papers, conference proceedings, theses) that report confusion matrices?

Alternatively, is anybody willing to share their own data from published studies on the topic?

Thank you.



Bruno L. Giordano, Ph.D.
Music Perception and Cognition Laboratory
Schulich School of Music
McGill University
555 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal, QC H3A 1E3
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