salience of pitch-time patterns (Richard Parncutt )

Subject: salience of pitch-time patterns
From:    Richard Parncutt  <richard.parncutt(at)KFUNIGRAZ.AC.AT>
Date:    Tue, 22 Dec 1998 09:53:45 +0100

Dear cocktail party guests, As the festive season reaches its climax, I'm planning research that will marry Terhardt and Bregman (not another cocktail party...) by allowing estimates of pitch salience in complex sounds to depend on the temporal context in which the sound appears. The long-term aim is to develop a model of tonal music perception that takes into account effects of streaming (voice leading, counterpoint) on pitch salience within musical chords. My question is, now that I've attracted everyone's attention and attentuated the masking babble: Is anyone estimating the SALIENCE of perceptual groupings within the auditory scene, on the basis either of experimental data or of model outputs? I'm operationally defining salience either as the subjective strength of a percept or grouping, or the probability that a given percept or grouping will be perceived (or attract attention). The corresponding experiment would resemble the Shepard-Krumhansl probe-tone paradigm, in which listeners hear a test sound followed by a probe and indicate how well the probe goes with the test (or whether the probe is part of the test). In this case, unlike Shepard-Krumhansl, the probe would not be a single tone, but a sequence of two or more tones. Richard Parncutt Dept. of Musicology, Univ. of Graz, Mozartgasse 3, 8010 Graz, Austria Tel+43-316 380-2409/-2405 Fax-9755 richard.parncutt(at) McGill is running a new version of LISTSERV (1.8d on Windows NT). Information is available on the WEB at

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