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The Resource Music as biology : the tones we like and why, Dale Purves

Music as biology : the tones we like and why, Dale Purves

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Music as biology : the tones we like and why
Title
Music as biology
Title remainder
the tones we like and why
Statement of responsibility
Dale Purves
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The universality of musical tones has long fascinated philosophers, scientists, musicians, and ordinary listeners. Why do human beings worldwide find some tone combinations consonant and others dissonant? Why do we make music using only a small number of scales out of the billions that are possible? Why do differently organized scales elicit different emotions? Why are there so few notes in scales? In Music as Biology, Dale Purves argues that biology offers answers to these and other questions on which conventional music theory is silent. When people and animals vocalize, they generate tonal sounds--periodic pressure changes at the ear which, when combined, can be heard as melodies and harmonies. Human beings have evolved a sense of tonality, Purves explains, because of the behavioral advantages that arise from recognizing and attending to human voices. The result is subjective responses to tone combinations that are best understood in terms of their contribution to biological success over evolutionary and individual history. Purves summarizes evidence that the intervals defining Western and other scales are those with the greatest collective similarity to the human voice; that major and minor scales are heard as happy or sad because they mimic the subdued and excited speech of these emotional states; and that the character of a culture's speech influences the tonal palette of its traditional music. Rethinking music theory in biological terms offers a new approach to centuries-long debates about the organization and impact of music.--Provided by publisher
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Purves, Dale
Dewey number
781.1
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
ML3820
LC item number
.P87 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Music
  • Musical perception
  • Music and science
  • Music and science
  • Music
  • Musical perception
  • Biologie
  • Musiktheorie
  • Musikwahrnehmung
Label
Music as biology : the tones we like and why, Dale Purves
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-160) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Sound signals and sound stimuli -- The perception of sound signals -- Human vocalization -- Music and vocal similarity -- Consonance and dissonance -- Musical scales -- Music and emotion -- Music and speech across cultures -- Implications -- Appendix: the human auditory system
Control code
946907405
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 165 pages
Isbn
9780674545151
Lccn
2016020279
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)946907405
Label
Music as biology : the tones we like and why, Dale Purves
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-160) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Sound signals and sound stimuli -- The perception of sound signals -- Human vocalization -- Music and vocal similarity -- Consonance and dissonance -- Musical scales -- Music and emotion -- Music and speech across cultures -- Implications -- Appendix: the human auditory system
Control code
946907405
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 165 pages
Isbn
9780674545151
Lccn
2016020279
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)946907405

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