Stephanie McPeak Petersen on ‘Fiat Notes – the Overlap of Music Theory and Monetary Theory’

Stephanie demonstrates how fiat bank notes have much in common with fiat musical notes. Her book, The Next Octave, discusses this, along with other aspects of hidden history including the structure of the harmonic series and the worldwide distortion of our musical system through temperament mistunings. She is joining the Unguru team as an educator … Read more

Melodic sound enhances visual awareness of congruent musical notes, but only if you can read music

Predictive influences of auditory information on resolution of visual competition were investigated using music, whose visual symbolic notation is familiar only to those with musical training. Results from two experiments using different experimental paradigms revealed that melodic congruence between what is seen and what is heard impacts perceptual dynamics during binocular rivalry. This bisensory interaction … Read more

Pitch perception beyond the traditional existence region of pitch

“…the perception of musical pitch at high frequencies is not constrained by temporal phase locking in the auditory nerve but may instead stem from higher-level constraints shaped by prior exposure to harmonic sounds.” Humans’ ability to recognize musical melodies is generally limited to pure-tone frequencies below 4 or 5 kHz. This limit coincides with the … Read more