Silence (Harold Fiske )

Subject: Silence
From:    Harold Fiske  <hfiske(at)UWO.CA>
Date:    Wed, 5 Mar 2003 14:19:53 -0500

Dear List, I received an inquiry from someone asking about the perception of silence. Specifically: "How is silence perceived in a musical context? Is the listener's 'attitude' changed when a rest unfolds in music? or, are sounds and silences so linked in music to enable us to distinguish the two?" I am not able to further clarify her questions, so I offer them as received. Any thoughts? Harold Fiske, PhD Faculty of Music University of Western Ontario London, Ontario CANADA

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