Propositional music from extended musical interface with the human nervous system


In Avanzini, G., Faienza, C., Lopez, L., Majno, M., and Minciacchi, D. (Eds.). The Neurosciences and music, Volume 999 of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, (New York: NYAS), 263-271. doi: 10.1196/annals.1284.037.

Abstract: Results obtained from projects in which self-organizing musical structures spontaneously arise through electrical interface between the brain and generative musical systems are surveyed. This provides a springboard for examining important paradigm shifts taking place in our thinking about what musical forms can be and how this might influence efforts to increase our understanding of the underlying neural dynamics. Implications of this work for the design of music curricula are considered, emphasizing the importance of active imaginative listening. A view of composing, termed "propositional music," is introduced in which the proposition of cognitive models of music is an ongoing part of creative musical activity.

Keywords: propositional music; self-organizing musical forms; music learning; music and brain; music and electroencephalogram; brain music interface; brainwave music; neuromusic