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ERIC Number: EJ1057041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Measuring Musical Consonance and Dissonance
LoPresto, Michael C.
Physics Teacher, v53 n4 p225-229 Apr 2015
Most combinations of musical tones are perceived as either "consonant," "pleasing" to the human ear, or "dissonant," which is "not pleasing." Despite being largely subjective in nature, sensations of consonance and dissonance can be quantified and then compared to the judgments of human subjects. The following is a description of several simple studies that can be carried out in the classroom of a physics of music or science of sound course.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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