Emergence of collective intonation in the musical performance of crowds

  title={Emergence of collective intonation in the musical performance of crowds},
  author={Lucas Lacasa},
  journal={arXiv: Physics and Society},
  • L. Lacasa
  • Published 5 August 2016
  • Psychology, Mathematics, Physics
  • arXiv: Physics and Society
The average individual is typically a mediocre singer, with a rather restricted capacity to sing a melody in tune. Yet when many singers are assembled to perform collectively, the resulting melody of the crowd is suddenly perceived by an external listener as perfectly tuned -as if it was actually a choral performance- even if each individual singer is out of tune. This collective phenomenon is an example of a wisdom of crowds effect that can be routinely observed in music concerts or other… 

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