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Encyclopedia of Microtonal Music Theory

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[Paul Erlich]

A quantity measuring the sonance of a [musical] interval or chord, based on the degree to which the notes approximate a harmonic series over a single fundamental and thereby blend into a single sensation. The perceived pitch of that single sensation corresponds to the root of the chord. This conception of sonance is associated with the harmonic theories in the tradition of Rameau, and finds a modern advocate in Parncutt.

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