Multidimensional perceptual scaling of musical timbres.

  title={Multidimensional perceptual scaling of musical timbres.},
  author={John M. Grey},
  journal={The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America},
  volume={61 5},
  • J. Grey
  • Published 1 May 1977
  • Physics
  • The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Two experiments were performed to evaluate the perceptual relationships between 16 music instrument tones. The stimuli were computer synthesized based upon an analysis of actual instrument tones, and they were perceptually equalized for loudness, pitch, and duration. Experiment 1 evaluated the tones with respect to perceptual similarities, and the results were treated with multidimensional scaling techniques and hierarchic clustering analysis. A three‐dimensional scaling solution, well matching… 

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