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The Sound of Music: Stimulus Features that Differentiate Organized Sound Sequence Categories
Sound waves are not labelled, and no two are exactly the same. So how does the brain know if a sound wave is music, language, or something else? Our brains seem to have relatively identifiable pathways for processing these ...
Hungarian Romani Influence on German Lieder: A Historical Analysis of Johannes Brahms’ Zigeunerlieder for the Solo Performer
When a professional vocalist prepares to execute a piece of music, there are many different aspects of that music that he or she must consider in order to present a detailed, expressive performance. Among these aspects are ...
Timelessness in French Music: Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Musicologists have long commented on an absence of progression in much of French music at the end of the nineteenth century, or fin de siècle. Throughout this thesis, I will be referring to this as “timelessness” or “stasis.” ...
The View from the Bottom: Cultural Explorations of the Electric Bass
The electric bass is a woefully underrated and under-researched instrument. This absence of scholarship on the electric bass, especially from a musicological perspective, has left a distinct gap in the contemporary literature ...