Absolute memory for musical pitch: Evidence from the production of learned melodies

@article{Levitin1994AbsoluteMF,
  title={Absolute memory for musical pitch: Evidence from the production of learned melodies},
  author={Daniel J. Levitin},
  journal={Perception \& Psychophysics},
  year={1994},
  volume={56},
  pages={414-423}
}
  • D. Levitin
  • Published 1994
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Perception & Psychophysics
Evidence for the absolute nature of long-term auditory memory is provided by analyzing the production of familiar melodies. Additionally, a two-component theory of absolute pitch is presented, in which this rare ability is conceived as consisting of a more common ability,pitch memory, and a separate, less common ability,pitch labeling. Forty-six subjects sang two different popular songs, and their productions were compared with the actual pitches used in recordings of those songs. Forty percent… Expand
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