A SPECTRAL ANALYSIS UPON THE CULTURAL AND COGNITIVE ASPECTS OF TIMBRAL PERCEPTION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE VIOLIN PLAYERS IN WESTERN AND TURKISH ART MUSICS

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Author(s): ?brahim Yavuz Y├ťKSELS?N, Murat K├ť├ç├ťKEBE2

The aim of this paper is to examine the timbral perception difference beetween the violin players from two cultural contexts, named as Western and Turkish art music, and which are different on account of cultural contents,. The work, which is fortified with ethnomusicological and psychoacoustic methods for this paper, realized in three phases. First phase, ‘interviews’ with violin players, focused on determination of semantic descriptions that appropriate for timbral expecations of players. Second phase, experiment of ‘timbral preference test’, aimed to examine hypothesis that “timbral perception is a cognition level which could be change as cultural environment/context”. Third phase, ‘spectral analysis’, to determine spectral characteristics of two most preferenced violin, and to comprehend physical relations of these characteristics with semantic descriptions of violin players. Key Words: Timbre, Musical perception, Musical Instruments, Violin, Cultural context, Cognition, Ethnomusicology, Psychoacoustic.

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