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Joseph Plazak Presents « The size code: Affective interactions of musical pitch and timbre » Thursday March 12th, 4pm @ BRAMS

12 mars 2015 @ 16 h 00 min - 19 h 00 min

You are cordially invited to a forthcoming CRBLM talk (Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music), presented by

Joseph Plazak

Title: The size code: Affective interactions of musical pitch and timbre

Abstract: 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 talk discusses recent empirical findings on the role of the « size code » within music perception, and explores the importance of pitch and timbre interactions for understanding emotional communication via music.
Bio: Joseph 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 McGill University. Plazak’s research investigates similarities between music and speech-related paralanguage, and draws connections between the biological mechanisms of perception and associated human affective responses.

Date: March 12th, 2015, 4pm

BRAMS Laboratory
Université de Montréal / McGill University
1430 boul. Mont Royal
Outremont (QC) H2V 4P3


Date :
12 mars 2015
16 h 00 min - 19 h 00 min
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