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Representativeness of Diatonic Structure and Detection of Out-of-Scale Notes

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Robert J. West ,

Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey, GB
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Ian R.M. Cross,

Cambridge, GB
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Peter Howell

Gower Street, London, GB
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Abstract

This paper describes four experiments investigating the detection of out-of-scale notes following brief, diatonic-conformant context sequences. Subjects were presented with diatonic scale-conformant three-note sequences of different kinds and were asked after each one to indicate to what extent subsequent probe notes were heard as “fitting”. Listeners more clearly identified out-of-scale notes following sequences comprised of pitch-class sets which can be formed in many places within the diatonic scale — such as F-C-D or F-G-D — than they could when the context sequences consisted of pitch-class sets which can occur in fewer places in the diatonic scale, such as F-G-C. The results supported the hypothesis that the extent to which context sequences were representative of diatonic scale structure influenced listeners’ judgments.
How to Cite: West, R.J., Cross, I.R.M. and Howell, P., 1991. Representativeness of Diatonic Structure and Detection of Out-of-Scale Notes. Psychologica Belgica, 31(2), pp.197–216. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pb.821
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Published on 01 Jan 1991.
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