Consonance

The harmonicity and periodicity of a perfect fifth.

The term consonance describes how “well” a collection of tones sound together. Many competing theories of consonance have developed over the centuries, many of which can be instantiated as computational models. In a forthcoming Psychological Review article we evaluated a variety of these competing theories against existing empirical findings in the literature, and used computational modelling to assess the relative contributions of these hypothetical phenomena to music perception and composition. This paper is accompanied by the incon R package, which implements many of these computational models.

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Peter M. C. Harrison
Postdoctoral researcher

I am a computational cognitive scientist interested in statistical cognition, auditory perception, and music.