Commentary on Cook & Fujisawa's "The Psychophysics of Harmony Perception: Harmony is a Three-Tone Phenomenon"

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2006-10

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Empirical Musicology Review

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Cook & Fujisawa (2006) point out that, contrary to the predictions of psychoacoustic models, the diminished triad is more consonant and prevalent in western tonal music than the augmented. A possible simple explanation is that the diminished triad often functions as an incomplete dominant (major-minor) seventh chord, the most prevalent tetrad in mainstream tonal music.

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harmony, psychoacoustics, consonance, dissonance, perception

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Empirical Musicology Review, v1 n4 (October 2006), 204-209