The theory of tone semantics: Concept, foundation, and application [Book Review]

Minds and Machines 2 (4):345-363 (1992)
Tone semantics is a psychoacoustic-based theory of gestalt perception that deals with tone perception and the assignment of functional relationships between tones in the musical context. The theory provides an operational account of semantics in terms of complex dynamic systems theory and forms the basis for non-symbolic research in music imagination. This is illustrated by an application in the automatic recognition of tone centers from acoustical input. An analysis of the basic concepts and related epistemological and methodological principles reveals a promising paradigm for music research.
Keywords Music recognition  cognitive musicology  music  AI
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