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pitch of unresolved harmonics

At 11:33 AM 10/10/2002 +0200, Martin Braun wrote:

>Outside the lab all sound is broad-band noise with varying amounts of
>periodic components. If these are strong enough, we hear pitch,
otherwise we
>It is obvious that complex sound with only unresolved harmonics
produces a
>pitch perception. But such sound is non-existent in a natural
>and this pitch percept is weaker and slower than that caused by natural

>sound with resolved harmonics.

Well, the bass range of a piano (and other instruments in the same
range) is full of tones (notice: musical tones) having no resolved
harmonics at all (27.5 -55Hz are the fundamentals in the lowest octave
of a standard piano). What we hear then in these sounds?



Alexander Galembo, Ph.D.
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Royal Inst. of Technology
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