Music and Memory: An Introduction

Music and Memory: An Introduction

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by Robert Snyder
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262692376

ISBN-13: 9780262692373

Pub. Date: 01/08/2001

Publisher: MIT Press

This far-ranging book shows how human memory influences the organization of music. The book is divided into two parts. The first part presents basic ideas about memory and perception from cognitive psychology and, to some extent, cognitive linguistics. Topics include auditory processing, perception, and recognition. The second part describes in detail how the

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This far-ranging book shows how human memory influences the organization of music. The book is divided into two parts. The first part presents basic ideas about memory and perception from cognitive psychology and, to some extent, cognitive linguistics. Topics include auditory processing, perception, and recognition. The second part describes in detail how the concepts from the first part are exemplified in music. The presentation is based on three levels of musical experience: event fusion (the formation of single musical events from acoustical vibrations in the air, on a time scale too small to exhibit rhythm), melody and rhythm, and form. The focus in the latter is on the psychological conditions necessary for making large-scale -- that is, formal -- boundaries clear in music rather than on traditional musical forms. The book also discusses the idea that much of the language used to describe musical structures and processes is metaphorical. It encourages readers to consider the possibility that the process of musical composition can be "a metaphorical transformation of their own experience into sound."

The book also touches on unresolved debates about psychological musical universals, information theory, and the operation of neurons.
It requires no formal musical training and contains a glossary and an appendix of listening examples.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262692373
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
01/08/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
935,598
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Music and Memory: An Introduction 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A remarkable book, even if it doesn't explain my problem. Seriously, this is an excellent book to consult for research on rhythms and melody, and how they interact. I especially liked his explanations of musical intervals, octaves, 5ths, and others, even non-western ones.I wish I had read it before I finished my chapter on Prosodic and Tonal Features of speech, motherese and all that, in my book 'The Acoustics of Speech Communication' Allyn and Bacon, 1999, ISBN 0-205-19887-0. J. M. Pickett