Musical influences on the perception of time

Authors

  • W. Forde Thompson Dept. of Psychol., York Univ., Toronto, Ont., Canada
  • F.A. Russo Dept. of Psychol., York Univ., Toronto, Ont., Canada
  • A. McKinnell Dept. of Psychol., York Univ., Toronto, Ont., Canada

Keywords:

hearing, musical acoustics, psychology, time perception, music listening, duration, Stockhausen, Mozart, subjective scales

Abstract

This paper concerns the perception of time during music listening. Although many studies of musical time have focussed on sensitivity to rhythm and meter (e.g., Longuet-Higgins & Lee, 1982), few have examined the ability of listeners to judge duration over several bars. In a study by Clarke and Krumhansl (1990), listeners were presented excerpts from pieces by Stockhausen (Experiment 3) and by Mozart (Experiment 6). The excerpts all differed in duration, but had an average duration of about 30 seconds. Listeners were asked to judge the duration of each excerpt, and were also asked to rate each excerpt on a number of subjective scales, such as complexity, variedness, and completeness. Regression analyses suggested that judgements of duration were highly veridical, and were apparently not influenced by the subjective characteristics of the excerpts

Published

1993-09-01

How to Cite

1.
Forde Thompson W, Russo F, McKinnell A. Musical influences on the perception of time. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 1993Sep.1 [cited 2021May16];21(3):83-4. Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/785

Issue

Section

Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada