Musical Cognition: A Science of Listening

Musical Cognition: A Science of Listening

by Henkjan Honing

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Overview

Why do people attach importance to the wordless language we call music? Musical Cognition suggests that music is a game. In music, our cognitive functions such as perception, memory, attention, and expectation are challenged; yet, as listeners, we often do not realize that the listener plays an active role in reaching the awareness that makes music so exhilarating, soothing, and inspiring. In reality, the author contends, listening does not happen in the outer world of audible sound, but in the inner world of our minds and brains.Recent research in the areas of psychology and neuro-cognition allows Henkjan Honing to be explicit in a way that many of his predecessors could not. His lucid, evocative writing style guides the reader through what is known about listening to music while avoiding jargon and technical diagrams. With clear examples, the book concentrates on underappreciated musical skills—sense of rhythm and relative pitch—skills that make people musical creatures. Research on how living creatures respond to music supports the conviction that all humans have a unique, instinctive attraction to music. Everyone is musical.Musical Cognition includes a selection of intriguing examples from recent literature exploring the role that an implicit or explicit knowledge of music plays when one listens to it. The scope of the topics discussed ranges from the ability of newborns to perceive a beat, to the unexpected musical expertise of ordinary listeners. The evidence shows that music is second nature to most human beings—biologically and socially. This paperback edition contains a new afterword that details cutting-edge research on musicality and language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781351297349
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/04/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 161
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Henkjan Honing is the KNAW-Hendrik Muller Chair at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), University of Amsterdam. Honing is the author of over 150 international publications in the area of music cognition and music technology.

Henkjan Honing is the KNAW-Hendrik Muller Chair at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), University of Amsterdam. Honing is the author of over 150 international publications in the area of music cognition and music technology.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 De do do do, de da da da Babble Music

1 First Listening Experiences 3

2 The Illiterate Listener 17

3 What this Book Is About 23

Part 2 Ooh-ooh-ooh The Magic of Music

4 Music as Mystery 27

5 Music as Language 31

6 Music as sound 45

Part 3 Hmmm … Music and Musicality

7 We're Musical Creatures 53

8 Measuring the Beat 63

9 Do You Recognize this Melody? 77

Part 4 Tá-ta-ta-tá-ta Music as Cognition

10 The Secret of the "Loud Rest" 87

11 The Secret of the Details 103

12 The Secret, Mapped Out 109

Part 5 Aha! Music in Our Heads

13 The Musical Listener 123

14 Listening and Learning 135

15 Encore 139

Index 147

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