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Critical Listening Skills for Audio Professionals by F. Alton Everest

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Consonance, dissonance, and the critical band

Talk Tech
Beautiful music is capable of reaching deeply into our souls, imparting peace and tranquillity.
There is something satisfying about musical sounds that blend and harmonize.
Some combinations of sound, however, are anything but pleasant to our ears.
We are going to examine some of the characteristics of our ear/brain hearing system to find out why some intervals sound lovely and some sound raucous and unpleasant. Music involves such highly complex sounds that one tends to be overwhelmed when trying to analyze just what is going on. For this reason, we must once more fall back on pure tones as we probe into the question of why some tonal combinations sound good and some do not.

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