The pitch of a tone is considered to consist of two components: the rectilinear component of height and the circular component of chroma, or pitch class. In an experiment employing simultaneous sequences of Shepard tones, it is shown that tones in different positions on the chroma circle differ in height when generated under the same spectral amplitude envelope. Further, the directions of these differences remain constant when the envelope is centered at different positions along the spectrum, resulting in clear differences in the overall heights of the patterns.
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Research Article| December 01 1984
Pitch Classes Differ with Respect to Height
Diana Deutsch ;
F. Richard Moore ;
Music Perception (1984) 2 (2): 265–271.
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Diana Deutsch, F. Richard Moore, Mark Dolson; Pitch Classes Differ with Respect to Height. Music Perception 1 December 1984; 2 (2): 265–271. doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/40285295
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