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Joseph Plazak: The size code - Revisiting the paralanguage of music

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Please note: this room is inside the McGill Marvin Duchow Music LIbrary. You must enter the library at the 3rd floor of the New Music Building then take the elevator or stairs to the 5th floor, where A-512 is located.

  • Seminar
When Nov 12, 2014
from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Where New Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St. West, A-512 (5th floor)
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The auditory system is capable of estimating the "size" of a perceived sound source, specifically from biological sounds such as human or animal vocalizations. Consistent with theories of speech paralanguage,  recent research implicates that sound source size may be useful as a general attribute of musical timbre, and further, that sound source size may play a role in perceived emotional responses to music.  This seminar presents findings on three empirical studies designed to better understand the role of the "size code" within musical perception.   



joseph plazakJoseph Plazak is a music theorist and researcher at Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, IL, USA).  In 2014, he was awarded a junior faculty research grant that facilitated an opportunity to investigate the musical "Size Code" at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT).  Plazak's research investigates similarities between musical and speech-related paralanguage, and draws connections between the biological mechanisms of perception and associated human affective responses.





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