following chord is probably as dissonant as one can get in music, containing
half-tones, which produce many beats inside the ear. To most people, it
offers no attraction or pleasure at all. To hear this chord, just click
on the picture of it.
I have written a passage of music [excerpt below] which
contains this chord, and I believe most people will find this same chord
(shown in red) will now sound as if it makes "sense" in the passage,
and even contains a large element of beauty and attraction here that it
did not have in isolation. It is also a chord that is common in western
classical art music, and so we are very much "used to it" just
as we are used to consonant chords.
Despite its common usage and our being more or less
to it as a "suspension" chord, it will only sound consonant in
a context, but not outside that context [unlike consonant chords which
sound consonant both alone or within a musical context].
To hear the passage, just click on the score shown.
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