Music as Biology: The Tones We Like and Why

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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 Biology, Dale Purves argues that biology offers answers to these and other questions on which conventional music ...

Music as Biology: The Tones We Like and Why 2016, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass

ISBN-13: 9780674545151

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