Re: maximum 'tatum' speed perception (Bruno Repp )

Subject: Re: maximum 'tatum' speed perception
From:    Bruno Repp  <repp(at)ALVIN.HASKINS.YALE.EDU>
Date:    Mon, 8 Apr 2002 15:05:04 -0700

In response to Jeff Bilmes's comment: I should have pointed out that my rate limit estimates of 8-10 Hz are for isochronous sequences of uniform sounds. In real music, there is variation in pitch, intensity, and timing. This variation often defines slower periodicities that may function as a reference. Also, expert musicians may well have exceptional skills in that regard. However, the rapid production of notes is not evidence for tatum perception; it may merely represent the filling-in of longer intervals by rapid actions that are not individually controlled but are part of a larger gesture. -- Bruno H. Repp Senior Research Scientist Haskins Laboratories 270 Crown Street New Haven, CT 06511-6695 Tel. (203) 865-6163, ext. 236 FAX (203) 865-8963 e-mail: repp(at)

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