Computational Models of Music Perception and Cognition II: Domain-Specific Music Processing

TitleComputational Models of Music Perception and Cognition II: Domain-Specific Music Processing
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsPurwins, P., Grachten M., Herrera P., Hazan A., Marxer R., & Serra X.
Journal TitlePhysics of Life Reviews
Journal Date09/2008
Keywordsattention, category formation, harmony, musical expectation, musical inference, pitch, rhythm perception, tonality
AbstractIn Part I, we addressed the study of cognitive processes that underlie auditory perception of music, and their neural correlates. The aim of the present paper is to summarize empirical findings from music cognition research that are relevant to three prominent music theoretic domains: rhythm, melody, and tonality. Attention is paid to how cognitive processes like category formation, stimulus grouping, and expectation can account for the music theoretic key concepts in these domains, such as beat, meter, voice, consonance. We give an overview of computational models that have been proposed in the literature for a variety of music processing tasks related to rhythm, melody, and tonality. Although the present state-of-the-art in computational modeling of music cognition de nitely provides valuable resources for testing speci c hypotheses and theories, we observe the need for models that integrate the various aspects of music perception and cognition into a single framework. Such models should be able to account for aspects that until now have only rarely been addressed in computational models of music cognition, like the active nature of perception and the development of cognitive capacities from infancy to adulthood.
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