Art of Record Production Conference
May 17-19, 2019
Berklee College of Music, 921 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215
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Sunday, May 19 • 14:45 - 15:15
An Observation of Sentence Timbre

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Timbre “is a multidimensional perceptual attribute with multiple underlying acoustic dimensions of both temporal and spectral types”, and has “the processing of three major timbre dimensions” by “attack time, spectral centroid, and spectrum fine structure” (Caclina et al., 2007). From a psychoacoustics view, listeners used shared perceptual dimensions along which the sounds were rated (Lemaitre et al., 2007). Previous study found disaccord between sound and sentence of timbre perception (Zhou et al., 2018).

Does any regularity of timbre perception exists in sentence?

Using twelve paired recordings, made by nine piano postgraduates, of the first sentence of BWV812 Menuet1 of Bach (deleting accompany and grace notes), seventy participants’ (half is major in music) preference were examined. Then both the favored and disliked features of aforesaid samples were analyzed according to three ways: (1) AVEDEV of IOIs and deviation calculation of onsets; (2) regularities of standard dev distribution of quarter notes partials; (3) professional listening.

The results revealed some regularities which benefit design and production of music.

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Tian Hao

Southwest University
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Xuefeng Zhou

Professor, Southwest University
Xuefeng Zhou is Professor at Southwest University since 2012. She has previously held research positions at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the University of Sheffield, the Key Laboratory of Behavioral Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.She taught courses of musical analysis... Read More →

Sunday May 19, 2019 14:45 - 15:15 EDT
Classroom 311 (3rd floor)

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