This article reports a study of the musical appreciation of carillons consisting of computer-synthesized major-third bells, minor-third bells, and "neutral-third" bells. Paired comparison judgments of melodies played on these instruments were obtained from a group of carillon majors, a group of other music students from a local conservatory, and a group of nonmusicians. The results provide evidence that each group of subjects can hear the difference between the three computerized instruments, but each group evaluates these perceptual differences in a different way.


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