Musical phrase-structured audio communication
Hankinson, John CK
Edwards, Alistair DN
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It has previously been shown that musical grammars can impose structural constraints upon the design of earcons, thereby providing a grammatical basis to earcon combinations. In this paper, more complex structural combinations are explored, based upon linguistic phrases. By mapping between a musical grammar and a linguistic grammar, musical phrases can be generated which correspond to linguistic sentences. A large number of unique meanings can be presented in this way based upon a simple musical vocabulary. This is of great value to auditory designers. A user study has been undertaken which reveals that users can recognize these complex auditory phrases after a small amount of training.