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New device approach to modeling auditory perception
My web page, “An Ear for Pythagorean harmonics” (<a href=
“www.quadnets.com/harmony/”>www.quadnets.com/harmony/</a>], presents a
new approach to modeling auditory perception of certain features of
music. The new approach involves proposed devices that directly process
“pulses” (resembling action potentials in nerves) and in which pulses
and the intervals between pulses make up all the phenomena.
Of course, "pulse theories of music" are well-known. However, I do not
state a theory; rather, device designs that embody their own principles.
The web page offers a brief, simplified explanation of the "Ear for
Pythagorean harmonics," a device design for a system that takes inputs
of steady pulse streams of frequencies f and g, detects the presence of
a simple harmonic ratio between the frequencies, e.g., the ratio of 3/2
that identifies a "perfect fifth" interval, and that signals such
presence. A full discussion is offered in a separate technical paper.
Although I am an amateur and not affiliated with an institution, I have
a solid technical background (BSEE, MIT, Tau Beta Pi; M.A., physics &
materials science, UC Berkeley) and have been investigating related
areas for many years. I will be grateful for any suggestions from
readers of this list.