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Open Access The Effect of Intensity Levels in Recorded Music Excerpts on the Perception of Dynamics and Expression as Measured by a Two-Dimensional Grid

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This study compared the perception of dynamics with the actual recorded decibel levels of specific excerpts. A group of 42 music and nonmusic majors, all of whom are members of a large performing ensemble, listened to two musical examples. Both examples were divided into four sections lasting 40 seconds each. The two examples were selected from pilot study. A two-dimensional grid was used to measure the participants' perceived changes in dynamics and in expression responses. The study found a positive correlation (rs = .33) between the perception of dynamics and the recorded intensity levels of the specific excerpts in this study.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2005

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