[Smt-talk] Binary Bias in Metric Perception Studies

Gregory Proctor proctor.1 at osu.edu
Thu Mar 1 06:47:35 PST 2012

Leopold Mannes used to give a lecture on Music and the Human Body. He  
definitely associated beat parsing with human activity. Left-right was  
part of the binary parsing, I can't remember what triple was related  
to, and six-eight was skipping. At the time I was convinced, but I was  
also quite young. Perhaps someone connected to the Mannes College  
could dig up a copy.

On Feb 29, 2012, at 2:21 PM, Gregory Karl wrote:
> I am pretty sure they meant "perceiving as" because the isochronous  
> clicks would be evenly spaced temporally and identical in every  
> other way. Under these conditions, perceived metric groupings could  
> only be subjective—at least that is how I parse the jargon-heavy  
> prose:-)
> I was hoping to differentiate between two kinds of hypotheses:
> 1) Duple preference based on bodily structure—Just as humans use  
> base ten because we (well, most of us) have ten digits on our hands,  
> so perhaps we prefer (most naturally hear, that is) binary metric  
> groupings because we have two legs(?).
> 2) Duple preference based on some aspect of perceptual or cognitive  
> processing.

Gregory Proctor
Emeritus, Theory and Composition
School of Music
The Ohio State University
(740) 814-5984 (c)

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