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A spectral pitch class model of the probe tone data and scalic tonality

Milne, Andrew; Laney, Robin and Sharp, David (2015). A spectral pitch class model of the probe tone data and scalic tonality. Music Perception, 32(4) pp. 364–393.

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Abstract

In this paper, we introduce a small family of novel bottom-up (sensory) models of the Krumhansl and Kessler (1982) probe tone data. The models are based on the spectral pitch class similarities between all twelve pitch classes and the tonic degree and tonic triad. Cross-validation tests of a wide selection of models show ours to have amongst the highest fits to the data. We then extend one of our models to predict the tonics of a variety of different scales such as the harmonic minor, melodic minor, and harmonic major. The model produces sensible predictions for these scales. Furthermore, we also predict the tonics of a small selection of microtonal scales—scales that do not form part of any musical culture. These latter predictions may be tested when suitable empirical data have been collected.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Regents of the University of California
ISSN: 1533-8312
Keywords: tonal hierarchies; probe tone data; spectral pitch class similarity; tonality; microtonality
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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Item ID: 42387
Depositing User: David Sharp
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2015 09:49
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 15:31
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/42387
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