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Mesure des intervalles harmoniques de la gamme à partir de la sensation subjective de consonance

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In order to establish a relationship between the musical scale and the physical characteristics of sounds, the author resumes, in relation to the harmonic intervals, previous work which was only concerned with the measurement of melodic intervals. His conclusions are:

The ear has an actual sensitivity much greater than one would deduce a priori.

The fourth sounds more “precise” than the fifth or octave.

The assembly of harmonic intervals forms part of the natural scale.

An interval chosen from among the lower tones (below 400 c/s) seems less “precise” than one taken from the fifth above.

These experiments, in which the personal equation of the player has a certain part, confirm in general the results of earlier researches, viz., that there are really two scales; one the melodic scale of Pythagoras, the other the harmonic one of Aristoxenes.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 1952

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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