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Subject: Reply to James Carlsen
Date:    Thu, 28 Oct 1993 11:01:46 -0400

Dear Jim: The tritone paradox is a problem of interest to experimental psychologists; I don't see why it should have any relevance to music theory. I suppose even its relevance to music perception is much more limited than Diana Deutsch thinks. However, it may be related to the phenomenon of absolute pitch, which has fascinated (and continues to interest) a great number of psychologists, even though its importance for music perception and performance is not overwhelming. Deutsch's results of a (presumably) individually stable "pitch class effect" suggest that most individuals have some absolute pitch reference in their heads, even if they cannot name it. This seems a very interesting finding to me, though my own data cast some doubt on the claim by suggesting that the pitch class effect is not so stable, after all. This will have to be sorted out in future research. --Bruno

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