Music's "design features": Musical motivation, musical pulse, and musical pitch

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dc.contributor.author Bispham, John C.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-26T23:29:49Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-26T23:29:49Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Bispham, J. C. (2009). Music's "design features": Musical motivation, musical pulse, and musical pitch. Musicae Scientiae, Special issue 2009-2010, 41-61. 
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/22466
dc.description.abstract       This paper focuses on the question of what music is, attempting to describe those features of music that generically distinguish it from other forms of animal and human communication - music's "design features". The author suggests that music is generically inspired by musical motivation an intrinsic motivation to share convergent intersubjective endstates - and is universally identifiable by the presence of musical pulse - a maintained and volitionally controlled attentional pulse - and/or musical pitch - a system for maintaining certain relationships between pitches. As such music's design features are viewed as providing an interpersonal framework for synchronous and group affective interaction. The implications of this approach to an evolutionary perspective on music and on arguments of the primary evolutionary functionality of musical abilities in human evolution are discussed. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.subject.other music en
dc.subject.other evolution en
dc.subject.other comparative en
dc.subject.other specificity en
dc.subject.other universals en
dc.title Music's "design features": Musical motivation, musical pulse, and musical pitch en
dc.type Article en

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