The Tritone Paradox

Did you discover interesting new books, DVDs, YouTube videos or other educational material? This is the place to share!
Post Reply
AgentX
Contributor
Contributor
Posts: 19
Joined: Thu Apr 16, 2015 11:56 am

The Tritone Paradox

Post by AgentX » Fri Jul 03, 2015 2:50 pm

Turn on the speakers!

So you think your ears are trained to their pinnacle?

Can you hear a chord and name the tones? - fairly advanced.

Can you hear 2 notes played together and name the interval? - pretty easy.

Can you hear 2 notes played consecutively and tell whether the interval is ascending or descending? - if not there's a problem.


Try this for fun. The following video plays 4 intervals. each note of the interval is played separately. All you have to do is say whether the interval ascends or descends. Couldn't be simpler, but you may be surprised to hear that your fellow musicians may disagree.
Don't overthink it or over listen, just be confident in your first answer.



Apparently your speech patterns and geographical location affect your aural perception. I'll list my results below, and hopefully Dave's answers will be different to mine, that way, the next time he tells me I've hit a wrong note I can disagree and say he's just hearing it differently. ;)

1) Ascending
2) Ascending
3) Ascending
4) Descending

Location: England, Midlands

User avatar
Katalin
Contributor
Contributor
Posts: 10
Joined: Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:00 pm

Re: The Tritone Paradox

Post by Katalin » Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:28 am

This is what I heard
1) Descending
2) Descending
3) Ascending
4) Ascending

Speech patterns feel like rhythms. Does speech and location affect aural perception of pitch? I don't think so. Internationally many of our nursery rhymes, folk songs are pentatonic melodies or modes from the major or minor scale.

AgentX
Contributor
Contributor
Posts: 19
Joined: Thu Apr 16, 2015 11:56 am

Re: The Tritone Paradox

Post by AgentX » Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:53 pm

Hi Katalin,

Can you add your location to your post just out of curiosity?

User avatar
Katalin
Contributor
Contributor
Posts: 10
Joined: Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:00 pm

Re: The Tritone Paradox

Post by Katalin » Fri Jul 31, 2015 8:37 am

I was listening to your Tritones in London. They are tricky (but I like them) as the same interval up or down.

jeffn1
Regular Contributor
Regular Contributor
Posts: 20
Joined: Tue Dec 29, 2015 9:41 am

Re: The Tritone Paradox

Post by jeffn1 » Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:12 pm

I thought they all sounded like the 2nd note was ascending, except the 2nd one sounded tricky to me. I could go either way on that one.

I suspect the the notes are not single tone. So, at least with the 2nd group, the 2nd tone has harmonics an octave above?

Jeff

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests