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Title: A study of the consistency and form of relationships between character descriptions, perceptual judgements and the physical form of sounds
Author: Darke, Graham Alwyn
ISNI:       0000 0001 3404 6291
Awarding Body: University of the West of England, Bristol
Current Institution: University of the West of England, Bristol
Date of Award: 2008
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The ways in which listeners, engineers and musicians communicate the character of sounds to others is not well understood. When describing sounds, aspects of the perceived sound character are often associated with descriptive words and phrases. The first claim studied in this thesis is that, with the presentation of the same sounds to different listeners, there is a consistency in human responses when judging sounds for particular descriptors of sound character. The second claim studied is that these human responses can lead to the development of clear relationships between character descriptors and features e~1racted from the physical form ofthe sounds used. This thesis studies the form and consistency of these relationships. The use of qualitative descriptive terminology is found to be highly context sensitive. With careful choice of terminology, sounds and listening tests, some commonality is found between listeners. By using different listening tests, increasing consistency is demonstrated between some of the most common terms and simple sounds. With specific character descriptors and carefully controlled sounds, this leads to cases where there is sufficient confidence in listener responses that patterns could be established. A further study of brightness and harshness establishes links with features extracted from the sounds used, giving new insight into the commonly held understanding and use ofthose character descriptors.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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