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Music listening experiment (was: [AUDITORY] Software for internet-based auditory testing)

Dear Robert,

I realise this reply is slightly out of date, but here at INESC Porto we've been working on a web application for running listening experiments online. Our web application (called "Weve") is implemented using CouchDB and the code is freely available online through github:


In its current form it can play a set of stimuli to participants (in a variety of audio formats), record ratings entered through sliders, and manage a database of the all ratings collected.
We'd be delighted to hear from anyone (on or off list) who is interested in helping us take the application further - currently it's rather geared towards our own experimental setup, but could be modified to allow users to run their own experiments and configurations.

For those curious as to what Weve is like to use, we'd like to invite you to take a short (15 minute) music listening experiment by going to the following link:


Note: Due to the inclusion of HTML5 components in the experiment interface, please make sure your web browser is fully up to date. It has been tested on the latest versions of Google Chrome and Firefox, but we make no guarantees about IE or Safari.

Best wishes,


On 11/10/12 2:32 PM, Sam Mathias wrote:
During my PhD I created this online test using adobe flash: www.auditorytest.zxq.net

I used it to search for potential participants who were poor at pitch discrimination. [Mathias, Micheyl, & Bailey (2010) JASA, 127, 3026-3037]. I found flash to be highly versatile, have good functionality for auditory playback, and not too difficult to learn. However, I think support for this software is really dwindling these days (being replaced by HTML 5?) so it may be obsolete soon. It was also horrendously expense: I coded it with the 30-day trial version so I didn't have to pay for it.


On 9 November 2012 14:34, Robert Zatorre <robert.zatorre@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Dear list
> Several times the list has received requests for participation in web-based experiments. We would like to implement something along these lines, and I am wondering if any of you who have experience with it have recommendations (for or against) software to use. We are looking for something reasonably inexpensive and simple to program that would allow us to present audio stimuli and collect behavioral responses, ideally with response times although that may not be so simple I realize.
> Any advice would be welcome. Thank you in advance
> Robert Zatorre
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Dr. Samuel R. Mathias
Neural Mechanisms of Human Communication
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Stephanstraße 1
04103 Leipzig, Germany
Tel: +49 341 9940 2479

Matthew Davies
Sound and Music Computing Group