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June 19, 2014 | Can you trust your ears?
Musicians can be notoriously arbitrary and dogmatic. So much of what we experience in the arts is based on intuition and context rather than hard science, and the following video highlights some of the controversy in nailing down verifiable judgement in the aesthetic experience. A Major 7th interval, say a C and a B natural can sound dissonant. Add an E and a G, and you have a Major 7th chord, arguably one of the prettiest in jazz. Play that chord in a bluegrass jam and you'll be thrown off the stage.
This is all context. What if you knew it's the ears themselves that don't always agree?
Video Link: Can You Trust Your Ears? (Audio Illusions)
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Posted by Ted at June 19, 2014 12:12 PM
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