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Re: A/P, relative pitch, mel scale and laterality of the brain
I have a paper which suggests that some of the pitch scale warping can
occur in the periphery.
It defiantly generates better salience of musical notes and steps
towards a good nonlinear pitch scale.
On Tue, 2011-03-08 at 13:22 +0000, Jose Ignacio Alcantara wrote:
> Not sure if you're implying that the right hemisphere is important for AP Kevin? Is it? Didn't Schlaug (2005) also show that there were marked asymmetries in planum temporale (PT) for AP listeners - left PT larger than the right PT - indicating that "outstanding musical ability" was associated with increase leftward asymmetry of cortical areas that might subserve music processing?
> On 8 Mar 2011, at 12:50, Kevin Austin wrote:
> > From my reading it would appear that the mel scale is less of a 'scale' [an object], than it is of 'scaling', [a process or function], which might place this in the right hemisphere. Is there work on a lateral preference (or difference) for the mel 'scale'?
> > Are people with A/P able to 'hear' the mel scaling?
> > Kevin
> > On 2011, Mar 8, at 12:36 AM, Pierre Divenyi wrote:
> >> The mel scale is a fictional approximation of Greenwood's well-thought-out and meticulously researched formula. It's hemispheric location may be debated after reaching an agreement that it exists.
> >> -Pierre
> >> On 3/7/11 7:51 PM, "Kevin Austin" <kevin.austin@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >>> Oversimplified, in The Master and his Emissary
> >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Master_and_His_Emissary
> >>> http://www.iainmcgilchrist.com/comments.asp
> >>> I think Iain McGilchrist attributes 'absolute' [object] perceptions to the left hemisphere, and 'relative' [relational / process] perceptions to the right hemisphere.
> >>> Would this indicate that those with absolute pitch process pitch in the left hemisphere and those with relative pitch process pitch in the right hemisphere?
> >>> If this is the case, in which hemisphere will the mel scale be processed?
> >>> Thanks for your thoughts / knowledge / ideas on this.
> >>> Kevin
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