Music as Biology
What We Like to Hear and Why

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The course will explore the tone combinations that humans consider consonant or dissonant, the scales we use, and the emotions music elicits, all of which provide a rich set of data for exploring music and auditory aesthetics in a biological framework.

Biology Music Evolution Neurobiology

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Taught by
Dale Purves
and 9 more instructors

Offered by
Duke University

Reddit Posts and Comments

0 posts • 7 mentions • top 4 shown below

r/musictheory • comment
6 points • love_trap

There is an amazing course at coursera exploring the relationship between music and language and many more topics about what we like to hear in music. I highly recommend it if you're interested in this subject. Together with Bernstein's lectures at Harvard, it was an eye opener for my understanding of music. Here's the link.

r/philosophy • comment
1 points • optimister

If anyone is actually interested in the subject (the actual subject of the biology of music, not the anti-reductionist one that the submission title suggests) there is very interesting course on Coursera that explores the subject.

r/musictheory • comment
2 points • [deleted]

IME, You are so right about trying to learn theory without structure!

But once I understood what all the diddly music bits do together in composition I knew better about what to focus on. For me it all hinges on the journey and destination of a composition. I can see that most clearly in simple compositions like folk songs, especially really old ones. I learned about RESOLVE and CADENCE and it all fell together for me....

Then I explored the concepts on a more abstract level:

r/TrueAskReddit • comment
1 points • TimeTomorrow

Are you seriously telling me you think you know fuck all about music and you don't know things like major keys are considered joyous sounding compared to minor keys?