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Spectrum analysis, aliasing and the perception of musical tones.

Adelson, Ronald and Turner, A. C. (1996) Spectrum analysis, aliasing and the perception of musical tones. Perception, 25 (5). pp. 609-617. ISSN 1468-4233

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A signal-processing model is proposed in which the phenomenon of 'aliasing' is invoked to explain certain phenomena in the perception of musical tones, for which a really satisfactory explanation has not hitherto been available. It is shown that this model offers a reason why the harmonic series appears to play such a central role in tone and pitch perception, and can throw light on 'virtual pitch', 'harmonic beats', etc. Some preliminary results from a computer simulation of the model are described which are consistent with empirical data on tone perception.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Perception
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/ta
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Engineering
ID Code: 20403
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 12 Dec 2008 13:00
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2019 00:37
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