In the tritone paradox, a pair of tones is played, one after the other. The
tones are computer generated, and have been prepared in such a way that it is
not immediately clear in which octave either tone lies.
- To download the sounds for this section, click on the following online
- If you are using speakers, have each person in your group prepare to
record his/her impressions. If you are using headphones, each person in the
group should take turns listening to the recording. Before commencing the
tests below, have your instructor adjust the volume so that the sound clips
are heard at a comfortable level, which should, if anything, be on the soft
side of comfortable listening.
- You will hear 6 pairs of tones, one pair after the other. For each pair,
try to determine which of the two tones is higher in pitch. If the first
tone is higher, write a downward arrow to indicate the tone pair forms a
descending pattern. If, however, the second tone is higher, write an upward
arrow to indicate the tone pair forms an ascending pattern.
- You may wish to play the recording more than once to be sure of your
- After everyone in your group has listened to the clip and recorded
observations, compare your results. Did all members of the group hear the
tone pairs in the same way?