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Consonant and Dissonant Tones

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Correlli, Jan 1, 2006.


  1. Correlli

    Correlli

    Apr 2, 2004
    New Zealand
    Below are pure tone, sine wave audio files that demonstrate how the root tone, an interval tone, and the octave tone, behave to produce consonant and dissonant tones charactertistics.

    example: (Root - I - 220hz) + (Minor Second - bII - 231hz) + (Octave - VIII - 440hz) = Sharp Consonance.


    I + VIII 220hz + 440hz = Open Consonance

    I + bII + VIII 220hz + 231hz + 440hz = Sharp Dissonance

    I + II + VIII 220hz + 246hz + 440hz = Mild Dissonance

    I + bIII + VIII 220hz + 262hz + 440hz = Soft Consonance

    I + III + VIII 220hz + 277hz + 440hz = Soft Consonance

    I + IV + VIII 220hz + 292hz + 440hz = Consonance or Dissonance

    I + bV + VIII 220hz + 310hz + 440hz = Neutral

    I + V + VIII 220hz + 330hz + 440hz = Open Consonance

    I + bVI + VIII 220hz + 347hz + 440hz = Soft Consonance

    I + VI + VIII 220hz + 369hz + 440hz = Soft Consonace

    I + bVII + VIII 220hz + 391hz + 440hz = Mild Dissonance

    I + VII + VIII 220hz + 413hz + 440hz = Sharp Dissonance
     
  2. BassChuck

    BassChuck

    Nov 15, 2005
    Cincinnati
    This is more subjective that most people would imagine. The concept of Dissant and Consonant is something that is learned and varies with different musical styles, and cultures.

    Everyday that we, personally, challenge a musical belief that we have, is a day that we have grown musically. Either we find a new way, a new sound... or we confirm what we have come to believe.
     
  3. Correlli

    Correlli

    Apr 2, 2004
    New Zealand
    I've recently become extremely interested in pure tone sine waves and how the inact with each other.

    I've also worked that my hearing range is from 15hz to 16.5Khz.
     
  4. BassChuck

    BassChuck

    Nov 15, 2005
    Cincinnati

    YES. That's really cool. If the waves are pure, and it's not too hard to get that, then the beats that they produce can get some very, very interesting FX from very high to extremely low. Even the beats that come from what we would call normal intervals like major 3rd and the like can be very interesting.

    Look up the acoustic effect known as "Tartini Tones" for some really interesting stuff interms of intervals producing other intervals.
     
  5. Correlli

    Correlli

    Apr 2, 2004
    New Zealand
    This is exactly what I'm looking for!!

    Thanks for posting that little bit of info :)

    It's very reassuring to know that there is a method to my madness.


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