This page contains links to web sites and information likely to be of interest to anyone
interested in music science.
The European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music. The site includes abstracts for the journal Musicae Scientiae.
The International Foundation for Music Research was founded in 1997 to support
scientific research on the relationship between music and "wellness". (Even if you are
not incline to regard music therapy as the next "big thing", some of the material in
their Publications section is of general interest to the music scientist.)
General Music Theory
Scientific American: Music and the Brain
This article (dated 25 October 2004) provides a good summary of the current state of play
in the world of music science. It is as interesting for what it doesn't mention as for what it does mention.
It is clear that the fundamental mysteries of music remain unsolved: no one knows what (if anything) created
the selective pressures in favour of music (or in favour of our response to music, a possibility not
specifically mentioned in the article, unless you count the "auditory cheesecake" explanation),
there is no mention of what the "meaning" of music might be (an
issue which necessarily relates to that of selective pressure), and there is no mention of the difficulty of
finding an algorithm to calculate musicality.
A site based on the theories of Joseph L.Monzo. Of particular interest is the Encyclopedia of Tuning.
Among other things this site contains ideas about lattice representations
of musical scales and intervals between notes, similar to what is described in the chapters
on vector theory and the 2D/3D theory in my book. My Harmonic Heptagon would appear to be an example of what Monzo calls a comma pump. (Although to be precise Monzo uses the term to describe one specific chord
progression, whereas the Harmonic Heptagon is really a summary of all possible chord progressions
or note sequences on the diatonic scale that can "pump out" a syntonic comma.)
Wikipedia is the largest open-content
encyclopedia on the Web, and it's often a good starting point for learning about any topic.
Note that most of the items in this web site's glossary are actually
links to Wikipedia pages.
Links to books are given as Google searches.
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music
Edited by Isabelle Peretz and Robert Zatorre (Oxford University Press, 2003)
28 papers by experts in music science and related fields.
This appears to be the most recent music science book, so if something is not in here, and
it hasn't appeared in science news sources since this book was published (2003),
I feel safe in assuming that either it is not known to the world of music science,
or if it is known then it is not regarded as being important.
Music and Emotion: Theory and Research
Edited by Patrik N. Juslin and John A. Sloboda (Oxford University Press, 2001)
20 chapters written by a number of different authors on the links between music and emotion.
Handbook of Music Psychology
Edited by Donald A. Hodges (Institute for Music Research, 1996)
12 chapters on music psychology (which
presumably is much the same thing as the "psychology of music").
The Origins of Music
Edited by Nils L. Wallin, Bjorn Merker and Steven Brown (MIT Press, 2000)
26 papers delivered at a workshop on the origins of music
which was held in Fiesole (near Florence, Italy) in 1997.
Emotion and Meaning in Music
Leonard B. Meyer (University of Chicago Press, 1956)
The author's views on the "meaning" of music. Meyer is a well-known academic music theorist.
Music, the Brain, and Ecstasy
Robert Jourdain (William Morrow, 1997)
A popular account of scientific knowledge and theories about music, mixed in with
the author's own understanding of the subject.
Music and the Mind
Anthony Storr (Free Press, 1992)
Another approach to the subject from a psychiatrist. Storr has authored a number
of other books about psychology and psychiatry.
Open source software from Paul Boersma and David Weenink
of the Institute of Phonetic Sciences for "doing phonetics by computer". Licensed under the GNU General Public License.
A popular open source sound processing software package.
Other people's links pages.
General Music Sites
A site by Jim Paterson which makes available sheet music, midi files and MP3's
of various classical and other public domain musical works. There are also some articles describing
different types of music. Jim's article What is Music? makes a few points similar to those raised in my book. In particular he mentions the mysteriousness of music,
he cites the quantity of money spent on music as something that needs explaining,
and in his conclusion he remarks that it is not possible to define what music is.
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