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On Consonance: Pleasantness and Interestingness of Four Component Complex Tones

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A modfied form of Chladni's law which describes the vibrational frequencies of bells, gongs and cymbals has been used to generate a series of sounds with a range of conventionally calculated dissonance values. Subjects have been exposed to these sounds and asked to rate them in terms of pleasantness and interest. Only a weak correlation was found between pleasantness and calculated dissonance and this disappeared completely when an exponential amplitude decay was superimposed on the sounds. It is concluded that a description of consonance in terms of the standard methods of Sethares [1] and Hutchinson and Knopoff [2] may be flawed.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 1997

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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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