Perceptually stable musical interval observed in musically trained and untrained listeners

음악전문인과 비전문인에게서 나타나는 안정적 음정

  • 박유미 (서울대학교 대학원 협동과정 서양음악학)
  • Published : 2002.03.01


The musical interval tells how two different pitches are related to each other. In this paper, 2 experiments examined the existence of a culture-specific system in the perception of musical intervals. These experiments evaluated the discrimination performance by the western-music experts and non-experts. The observed results demonstrate a quite different pattern compared to that of the western-culture. In these experiments. the perfect fourth's perceptual stability was clearly shown. This is significant in terms of the musical-processing system that reflects the culture-specific emotion in the domain of music. Even though we are widely exposed by the Western-tonal music. it is assumed that we have a certain type of gravity within our own musical pitch system. It has suggested that, for an advanced research, we need to carry out the tasks, requiring more empirical data independently from that of the western listeners.


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