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Musical pitch perception

“Pitch is a perceptual property of sounds that allows their ordering on a frequency-related scale, or more commonly, pitch is the quality that makes it possible to judge sounds as 'higher' and 'lower' in the sense associated with musical melodies. Pitch can be determined only in sounds that have a frequency that is clear and stable enough to distinguish from noise.”

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The neural mechanisms which allow humans to accurately determine pitch (the most sensitive discrimination being to an accuracy of about 1Hz) are as yet undiscovered.

What is known is that the sensory hairs in the cochlea respond to specific frequencies by induced vibration.

Various theories have been proposed and tested ( seeWikipedia) but none gives a complete explanation for all observed capacities.

Computational modelling has provided new insights into the biological mechanisms that may underlie pitch perception, and modern brain imaging techniques have suggested possible cortical locations for pitch mechanisms. Nevertheless, a complete model describing all aspects of pitch perception is still lacking.

Absolute pitch

- (widely referred to as perfect pitch) is an unexplained auditory phenomenon characterized by the ability of a person to identify or re-create a given musical note without the benefit of a technical reference tone. Early studies found that only around 1 in 10,000 people can do this. More recent studies, however, are showing that the skill of reproducing (or recognising) a piece of music at the correct pitch (though without the ability to actually name the note or key) is far more common that previously thought - perhaps in the region of 20-40% of the population.

See: How well do we understand absolute pitch? Acoust. Sci. & Tech. 25, 6 (2004)

Note: Several species of bird have calls that are accurately pitched to certain musical notes. And have remained so even after many generations (e.g. Chickadees). The implication being that the birds must somehow have built-in absolute pitch discrimination.

Further info :Wikipedia


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