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Research Article

The Science of Harmony: A Psychophysical Basis for Perceptual Tensions and Resolutions in Music

Table 4

Tabulation of correlations between and Palestrina’s chord use statistics as collated in [45]. Correlations are listed in the top row with corresponding significance in brackets below.

ResolutionsComplicationsExcursionsAll
excl. comp.
All
EscalatingDescending§

0.996-0.7610.863-0.9700.903
(0.0000)(0.1353)(0.3366)(0.0000)(0.0000)

Our model is designed to compute tension release in resolution.
Complications in music may be interpreted as negative tension resolutions; hence, correlation seen is negative.
Excursions usually encompass tension release; however, apart from resolution alone, the perception of succeeding chords are also influenced by the rising or falling of parallel melodies.
§Apart from the descending excursions leading to IV, insufficient other descending transitions are recorded to compute its correlation.