maximum 'tatum' speed perception (Brian Whitman )

Subject: maximum 'tatum' speed perception
From:    Brian Whitman  <bwhitman(at)MEDIA.MIT.EDU>
Date:    Wed, 3 Apr 2002 15:53:24 -0500

Has there been any human-testing work on the maximum amount of discrete musical events a person can identify in a second? At what point should a machine listener (who obviously could do better) stop perceiving rapidly played notes or percussives? At extremely high LFs (20Hz) we'll start perceiving tones, and in playing-around testing on my computer I could hear quarter note snare drums up to 800bpm (so, about 13Hz). Is this a function of musical training, the sounds being played, or mechanics of the ear? -Brian -- Brian Whitman - bwhitman(at) Music, Mind & Machine Group MIT Media Lab

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