Gestalt phenomena in musical texture

Dalia Cohen, Shlomo Dubnov

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We attempt to examine textural phenomena and their significance in music, by comparing and contrasting texture with timbre and learned schemes. The latter are the main subject of musical theories and relate to organizations of parameters (particularly intervals) in a quantitative, measurable form not suitable for describing texture. We extend the definition of texture to cover principles of organization that need qualitative or statistical tools in order to be described. The following points will be addressed in this study: (i) Principles for classification of texture. We suggest textural schemes pertaining to registers of all the parameters, to contours, and to operations. (ii) Combinations of textural schemes with learned schemes. (iii) The relationship to the stylistic ideal. Our assumption is that all of the schemes are selected so as to fit the stylistic ideal, and most of them (even the learned ones) are not arbitrary and are subject to psychoacoustic and cognitive constraints.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMusic, Gestalt, and Computing
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in Cognitive and Systematic Musicology
EditorsMarc Leman
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)3540635262, 9783540635260
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventJoint International Conference on Cognitive and Systematic Musicology, JIC 1996 - Brugge, Belgium
Duration: 8 Sep 199611 Sep 1996

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceJoint International Conference on Cognitive and Systematic Musicology, JIC 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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