Relevance of Neuromusicology for Music Research

After Steve Novella’s talk at TAM2012, where he mentioned the way
reporting will often include a stock photo of a brain scan i was
inspired to search for studies in neuromusicology. By chance I found
this paper, which seemed interstning.

Relevance
of Neuromusicology for Music Research, Journal of New Music Research,
28 (1999), No. 3, pp. 186-199

Thoughts:

  • Helmholtz’s theory of pitch perception has long been important. I
    should check whether this is the same as what is described in Bigands
    work, in ‘Generative Theory of Tonal Music’ or in “Connectionist
    Framework”
  • If new materials are being produced to teach aural training
    (hørelære) in Denmark, are they being informed from knowledge of
    neuromusicology?
  • He seems to be arguing, that because music and musical phenomena
    are so complex and because we don’t have any other ways of doing so,
    it is ok to combine the evidence based approaches with e.g. musical
    intuition and musical theory in order to choose which avenues to
    pursue. In other words to use approaches which we are unsure of the
    scientific applicability of. (p6, c2, l43- p7, c1, l45)
The paper raises some interesting questions, but a google scholar
search for citations of this paper doesn’t seem to find any (if I
understand the Brazilian articles correctly), which expand on what is
discussed here.

Errata:

p1, c2, l15: extend should be extent
p7, c2, l14: extend should be extent
p7, c2, l29: extend should be extent
p10, c1, l37: a]. should be al.

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