The taste of scales and chords

  • Alan Taitz University of Buenos Aires
  • Diego Shalom University of Buenos Aires
  • Marcos Trevisan University of Buenos Aires
  • Bruno Mesz National University of Tres de Febrero


Reliable crossmodal correspondences between basic tastes and music features have been found in recent studies [1,2]. In this work, we explore associations between scales, chords and tastes. Several of these elementary musical structures show non-random patterns of matching with basic tastes. Moreover, their aggregate dyadic consonance [3] anti-correlates with the relative frequency of their matching to bitter taste.

Palavras-chave: Computational Musicology, Music Perception, Psychoacoustics and Cognition


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TAITZ, Alan; SHALOM, Diego; TREVISAN, Marcos; MESZ, Bruno. The taste of scales and chords. In: SIMPÓSIO BRASILEIRO DE COMPUTAÇÃO MUSICAL (SBCM), 17. , 2019, São João del-Rei. Anais [...]. Porto Alegre: Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, 2019 . p. 197-198. DOI: