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Music and Memory : An Introduction - Robert Snyder

Music and Memory

An Introduction

Paperback Published: 12th March 2001
ISBN: 9780262692373
Number Of Pages: 320
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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.

List of Illustrations
Some Cognitive Concepts
Auditory Memory: An Overview
Echoic Memory and Early Processing
Short-Term and Working Memory
Long-Term Memory
Schemas: Frameworks for Experience and Memory
Some Musical Concepts
Event Fusion
Appendix: Listening Examples
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ISBN: 9780262692373
ISBN-10: 0262692376
Series: Music and Memory
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 12th March 2001
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.61