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Music as biology : the tones we like and why

Author: Dale Purves
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dale Purves
ISBN: 9780674545151 067454515X
OCLC Number: 974037448
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index
Description: 165 pages
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
Responsibility: Dale Purves

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Why do human beings find some tone combinations consonant and others dissonant? Why do we make music using only a small number of scales out the billions that are possible? Dale Purves shows that  Read more...

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The book "Music as Biology: The Tones We Like and Why" comes from Duke University professor Dale Purves, a world-renowned scholar of the neuroscience of sensory systems. A scientist known for Read more...

 
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