Measuring Sensory Consonance by Auditory Modeling

Esben Skovenborg; Søren H. Nielsen
DAFx-2002 - Hamburg
A current model of pitch perception is based on cochlear filtering followed by a periodicity detection. Such a computational model is implemented and then extended to characterise the sensory consonance of pitch intervals. A simple scalar measure of sensory consonance is developed, and to evaluate this perceptually related feature extraction the consonance is computed for musical intervals. The relation of consonance and dissonance to the psychoacoustic notions of roughness and critical bandwidth is discussed.