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effect of matching partials

Dear list,

I wonder if there are any theories or research that has focused on the
effect of matching partials in chords? What I am curious about is whether
consonance is just the absence of dissonance or if it can be calculated on
its own terms.
I am looking for theories that have recognized matching partials as acting
somewhat as "glue" between complex tones (not unlike the ideas of Stumpf
(tonal fusion)).

Thank you.

Odd Torleiv Furnes
Ph.D. student,
Department of musicology,
University of Oslo