Commentary on Polak How short is the shortest metric subdivision?

Authors

  • Anders Friberg KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18061/emr.v12i3-4.6363

Keywords:

meter perception, West-African drumming, metric subdivisions, perceptual limits

Abstract

This commentary relates to the target paper by Polak on the shortest metric subdivision by presenting measurements on West-African drum music. It provides new evidence that the perceptual lower limit of tone duration is within the range 80-100 ms. Using fairly basic measurement techniques in combination with a musical analysis of the content, the original results in this study represents a valuable addition to the literature. Considering the relevance for music listening, further research would be valuable for determining and understanding the nature of this perceptual limit.

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Published

2018-06-25

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Commentaries