Musical Consonance and Cochlear Mechanics
Consonance, Hearing Science, Psychoacoustics, Cochlea
This monograph is focussed onto the sensory consonance of two simultaneous complex tones. Part One describes psycho-acoustic consonance experiments undertaken by the author and by several earlier researchers. Some of these experiments were informal one-man studies, while others involved fairly large groups of subjects and subsequent statistical analysis. Part Two contains selected chapters of cochlear mechanics. In Part Three, the consonance theory of Hermann von Helmholtz is briefly discussed, and an addition to that theory, first published by the author in 2001, is described.
The present volume is intended to add weight to the hypothesis that our preference for certain two-tones (e.g., for major or minor thirds at female-singing pitch, or for perfect fifths at bass pitch) is not only due to education, but is based on the physiology of our hearing organs. The readers are expected to know biology, physics, and mathematics at high-school level. Exercises and their solutions are included at the end of most sections.
- Auflage: 1., 2012
- Seiten: 224 Seiten
- Abbildungen: zahlreiche Abbildungen
- Format in cm: 15,0 x 21,5
- Einbandart: PDF
- ISBN: 978-3-7281-3514-8
- DOI: 10.3218/3514-8
- Sprache: Englisch
- Lieferstatus: lieferbar
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Cochlear Mechanics, Cochlea, Hearing Science
The first parts of the present text are devoted to a "passive" cochlea, i.e., to cases in which the mechanical energy generated by "active" outer hair cells is absent or negligibly small. Passive human cochleae were studied, e.g., in the post-mortem experiments of von Békésy, who found that tones generate, in the cochlear channel, travelling hydrodynamic surface waves which are similar to waves propagating on the ocean.