Beatings: a web application to foster the renaissance of the art of musical temperaments

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Conference Paper


Proceedings of the Sound and Music Computing Conference 2016, SMC 2016, Hamburg, Germany (2016)





In this article we present beatings , a web application for the exploration of tuning and temperaments which pays particular attention to auditory phenomena resulting from the interaction of the spectral components of a sound, and in particular to the pitch fusion and the amplitude modulations occurring between the spectral peaks a critical bandwidth apart. By providing a simple, yet effective, visualization of the temporal evolution of this auditory phenomena we aim to foster new research in the pursuit of perceptually grounded principles explaining Western tonal harmonic syntax, as well as provide a tool for musical practice and education, areas where the old art of musical tunings and temperaments, with the notable exception of early music studies, appears to have long been neglected in favour of the practical advantages of equal temperament.

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