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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000335.txt from 2005/04

From: Andrew Grenci <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Dark vs Light Test
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2005 20:51:10 -0400


In order to achieve meaningful results, I believe the test must involve
test takers placing the samples in order from "darkest" to "lightest".
Ideally the same work/passage by different players should be used. I
notice you say "light" instead of "bright". Either could be used, but
the words mean different things, and would probably yield different
results. This is not a complaint, but an observation. Which word you
are asking listeners to considered should be clearly identified.

I think that asking for other descriptive words could blur the results.
What is really at issue is whether words can be used describe sounds
in a meaningful way. I think that using two words, generally thought
of as opposites and often used, for good or ill, by clarinetists would
be the most effective beginning toward an answer.

I'll take the test.


Andrew Grenci
Bass Clarinet, U.S. Coast Guard Band
New Haven Symphony Orchestra

On Apr 21, 2005, at 5:28 PM, David Blumberg wrote:

> I volunteered to create the Dark vs Light test. Just checking to make
> sure that there is sufficient interest and participation to do it
> with. I'll be taking suggestions on what to base it on (same work with
> maybe several players playing it, different countries playing
> different pieces, etc).
> Also what comments would be asked for? (just light, dark, etc or that
> plus a descriptive word added to it and compare the answers)
> David Blumberg -
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