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Re: pitch neurons


Missing fundamental tones do exist in music. Once I listened to a recording of harpsichord in a car, because the noises masked low harmonics of harpsichord tones, the melody became purely rhythmic. The pitch sensation elicited by unmasked, unsolved harmonics of harpsichord tones was very weak. Harpsichord tones decay too fast for the pitch sensation elicited by unsolved harmonics.
This masking effect would likely occur in Baroque music, as harpsichord tones have strong harmonics at high frequencies.

Chen-Gia Tsai