Dial A440 for absolute pitch: absolute pitch memory by non-absolute pitch possessors.

  title={Dial A440 for absolute pitch: absolute pitch memory by non-absolute pitch possessors.},
  author={Nicholas A. Smith and Mark A. Schmuckler},
  journal={The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America},
  volume={123 4},
Listeners without absolute (or "perfect") pitch have difficulty identifying or producing isolated musical pitches from memory. Instead, they process the relative pattern of pitches, which remains invariant across pitch transposition. Musically untrained non-absolute pitch possessors demonstrated absolute pitch memory for the telephone dial tone, a stimulus that is always heard at the same absolute frequency. Listeners accurately classified pitch-shifted versions of the dial tone as "normal… CONTINUE READING

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