I read Pablo's PNAS paper with great interest and some nostalgia: in the late 1960s Jack Taylor and I were James Carlsen's research assistants involved in collecting and analyzing the melodic expectancy data he published in 1981. Pablo's paper opens a whole territory and incites discussion of his findings and his model. Frederic was the first to start this discussion and I hope it will go on for a while — I am especially interested in hearing from Dave Huron!
My first reaction is that, as wonderful as the findings are, they are the fruit of a very incomplete analysis. In particular, I would like to see a subsequent combing through the database consider two temporal factors: (1) the place of a note in the metric framework (measures and N-measure thematic chunks) and (2) the influence of tempo. With respect to the latter, it is clear that in the Baroque era alone a voice often carries a hidden polyphony, i.e., breaks down into two melodic streams, and such breakdown is a function of the tempo, as Leon can Noorden showed. With respect to (1), the expectations Meyer was talking about are very much dependent on where in the N-measure chunk (N>=1) the implied continuation takes place.
On 5/30/13 10:59 AM, "Pablo Hernán Rodriguez Zivic" <elsonidoq@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I appreciate you comments and suggested bibliography. I will certainly consider them for my next publication
On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 5:50 AM, frédéric maintenant <fmaintenant@xxxxxxxx> wrote: