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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000336.txt from 2005/04

From: "David Blumberg" <>
Subj: [kl] re: Dark vs Bright test
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2005 21:28:08 -0400

Oops, my mistake! I meant to write "bright" not light. Was tired when I
wrote it.
It will be a really good test - I have a gigantic collection of recordings.

David B.

Andrew Grenci <>
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.


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