Tue Nov 13 21:55:58 EST 2012
This is going to be vague.. Distorted chords can sometimes sound
messy, but if you know the frequency ratios, it's probably possible to
synthesize a "perfect" chord that still sounds good as a square wave.
This is related to "locally correct" tunings, i.e. the notes layed out
against the current tonal background so they fit best in the current
chord / key.
So, what is a chord really, other than a suggestion of a deep
subharmonic through high-value harmonics. This works for harmonic
chords, but what with inharmonic ones? It would be nice to
investigate this a bit..