[Smt-talk] serialism-cognition query

Greenwich green at webster.sk.ca
Sun Feb 27 19:09:02 PST 2011

    You seem to have already well
explained the serialism motivation
quite well in your request below.
    There may be some researched
and useful quotes in my chapter on
"modern music" and "originality"
in my book "The Universality of
Music" -- quotes made from the
'20's to the 70's by analysts, atonal
or serial composers, reviewers, et al,
regarding the origin, use, scientific
effectiveness, & purpose of serialism.
    If I have time, and if this relates
to what you want, I'll try to find them,
a partial bibliography, and copy
them for you in a future e-mail.
    I've also heard of some current
brain studies that claim to demon-
strate the hegemony of the octave,
and of a penchant for the brain to
always menatlly connect notes heard
in progression trying to find tonal
relationships -- not culturally induced,
but "wired-in," so they said.
Bob Fink
retired musicologist
See in the meantime:

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Victor grauer" <victorag at verizon.net>
To: <smt-talk at societymusictheory.org>
Sent: Saturday, February 26, 2011 9:40 PM
Subject: Re: [Smt-talk] serialism-cognition query

    Can someone recommend a study
/studies on the perception of serial
order in chordal segmentations of
a row. Any and all sources are
welcome -- analysis, music cognition, 
composer commentaries.
   As I see it, the serial order is not
there to be perceived, but to thwart
perception, i.e. perception in the usual
sense of the word (gestalt perception).
 Through undermining the gestalt, the
listener is encouraged to perceive not 
relationships but  musical entities (e.g.
pitches rather than pitch classes) in
and for themselves....SNIP
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