Music and Memory: An Introduction

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ISBN-13: 978-0262692373
ISBN-10: 0262692376
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About the Author

Bob Snyder is a composer and video artist and Chair of the Sound Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press (January 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262692376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262692373
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Sean Bennett on June 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Written textbook style, Snyder's Music and Memory surveys what was previously the largely disparate literature linking cognitive psychology, linguistics, music, neuroscience, and memory. Accessible to the beginner in this interdisciplinary field, Snyder takes effort to introduce musical concepts and terminology before moving to higher level analyses. However, the expert in this field will still find many interesting bits of information regarding current papers on music and memory in these introductory chapters. As the book progresses, the scale of the ideas becomes more grandiose, but Snyder manages to support his tenets about the brain and music well. The chapters are sometimes divided by topic (like rhythm, or syntactic hierarchy in music). This enormous undertaking succeeds admirably -- and even if you are not a cognitive musicologist, you will find many interesting bits of information about this book about why you remember that certain song you've heard on the radio or TV. A+++.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Markham on November 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
not much to add to Sean Bennett's review, which is very cogent, but just wanted to second the high ranking--this is a book that deserves to be acknowledged and read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Golden on October 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is for anyone interested in the construction of music, or any of the arts. It clarifies how we more easily understand things we are familiar with and how our memory works with repetition and the unusual. Outside of the arts we all know that our memories are not reliable this helps explain why.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sinus on March 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a very good introduction to the field of music cognition and memory. It provides interesting ideas about how cognitive psychology and perception determine the organization of music.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sara Livingston on October 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book gives the reader an accessible "glimpse behind the curtain" of the mechanisms involved in processing, perceiving, and recognizing music. Although the book is strictly about music, I felt that I was reading a users manual for the brain and that I would be able to apply the author's insights about music and psychology to other art forms and activities in my life.

This book will be helpful to me as a media artist, and I would guess that artists, performers, dancers and filmmakers---actually anybody who has to make decisions about timing, pacing and rhythm---would find this book helpful. As a teacher, I plan to change the amount of information and the order in which I present my materials to the students so that I don't overwhelm (or underwhelm!) their attention and ability.
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