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Re: loud music



A somewhat better version of this paper can be found at




It is part of a public conference and can be referenced



Barry Blesser



From: AUDITORY - Research in Auditory Perception [mailto:AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Bill Thompson
Sent: Friday, September 24, 2010 6:06 AM
To: AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: loud music


You might be interested in the following discussions of loudness. 







Bill Thompson

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Department of Psychology

Macquarie University

Sydney, NSW, 2109, Australia


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On 24/09/2010, at 5:28 PM, Laszlo Toth wrote:

On Thu, 23 Sep 2010, reinifrosch@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:


Old guys with undamaged hair cells have the advantage that they can fully

enjoy classical tonal music with its change from dissonant to consonant

chords and back. According to the Helmholtz consonance theory that

change is due to the presence or absence of beats generated by pairs of

partial tones of almost equal frequencies. These partials tend to be

soft, and their frequencies tend to be high.


Do you know the answer to the opposite: why is rock music more enjoyable

loud? I think that it would be important to understand.


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