Calculating the dissonance of a chord according to Helmholtz theory
Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Genova and INFN, Sezione di Genova, Genova, Italy
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Revised: 24 July 2013
Accepted: 25 July 2013
Published online: 15 August 2013
Following the ideas of von Helmholtz and Plomp-Levelt, an algorithm for calculating the dissonance of complex sounds, free from logical inconsistencies and useful for comparing different chords, is proposed. The method is tested by comparing different tunings of the same major triad. Some interesting conclusions from this calculation may be drawn.
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