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The internal representation of pitch sequences in tonal music

The internal representation of pitch sequences in tonal music Examines how humans optimally form hierarchies, using a model based on the assumptions that tonal music is solely the product of human processing systems, and that pitch sequences are retained as hierarchical networks. At each level of the hierarchy, elements are organized as structural units in accordance with gestalt principles such as proximity and good continuation. Further, elements that are present at each hierarchical level are elaborated by further elements to form structural units at the next-lower level, until the lowest level is reached. Processing advantages include the following: (a) redundancy of representation, (b) use of distinct alphabets at different structural levels, and (c) representations formed in accordance with the laws of figural goodness. (73 ref) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychological Review American Psychological Association

The internal representation of pitch sequences in tonal music

Psychological Review , Volume 88 (6): 20 – Nov 1, 1981

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Publisher
American Psychological Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1981 American Psychological Association
ISSN
0033-295x
eISSN
1939-1471
DOI
10.1037/0033-295X.88.6.503
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Abstract

Examines how humans optimally form hierarchies, using a model based on the assumptions that tonal music is solely the product of human processing systems, and that pitch sequences are retained as hierarchical networks. At each level of the hierarchy, elements are organized as structural units in accordance with gestalt principles such as proximity and good continuation. Further, elements that are present at each hierarchical level are elaborated by further elements to form structural units at the next-lower level, until the lowest level is reached. Processing advantages include the following: (a) redundancy of representation, (b) use of distinct alphabets at different structural levels, and (c) representations formed in accordance with the laws of figural goodness. (73 ref)

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Psychological ReviewAmerican Psychological Association

Published: Nov 1, 1981

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