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ERIC Number: EJ914249
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7356
Context Specificity in Music Perception of Musicians
Madsen, Clifford K.; Geringer, John M.; Wagner, Michael J.
Psychology of Music, v35 n3 p441-451 Jul 2007
Regardless of the extremely subtle acoustic changes that are perceptible within almost all perception research studies, it is the total overall effect that generally occupies each individual listener. A long line of research indicates that many subtle "music changes" are often not perceived accurately and are actually mistakenly identified. Another line of research indicates that almost everyone is capable of discriminating extremely small acoustic alterations if directed to do so. This study investigated spliced versions of Johann Strauss's "Blue Danube Waltz" all performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with five different conductors demonstrating a wide range of conducting styles recorded across an 18-year period. Four groups of musicians (N = 108) participated in the study: (1) video-only; (2) audio-video combination; (3) audio-only with verbal cues asking whether there were different conductors, ensembles, or compositions; and (4) audio-only without cues. Results indicated that while several of the audio-only with cues participants indicated differences in conductors, none in the non-cued group did. Not one of the music major participants in the two audio-only groups correctly identified that the stimulus had five different conductors. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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