Even humans can make extreme octave errors

From: J. McDermott and M. D. Hauser, “Nonhuman primates prefer slow tempos but dislike music overall,” Cognition, vol. 104, no. 3, pp. 654 – 668, 2007.

We started with an extremely crude and coarse-grained contrast between two pieces of instrumental music: a Russian lullaby played on a flute, and an excerpt of German electronic techno… We measured the average event rate of the lullaby and techno to be 65.26 and 369.23 beats per minute, respectively.

That 370 BPM “German techno track”? “Nobody Gets Out Alive” by Alec Empire — which is clearly not techno, but Drum & Bass. gosh!


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