The Universe of Music

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This is the story of music in visual metaphor. What makes music the "language of emotions," and why do we react to music at all? The author, a professional pianist and scholar in music cognition, compares our perception of music with orientation in 3-D space. The key metaphor is an image of a melodic object shaped by a tonal force field. Here, melodic elements are compared directly to geometric proportions, and some identified as artistic "universals." At the core of the aesthetic experience in music ultimately lies the mystery of non-linguistic human communication - its ability to generate emotions and even thought. This places the art of music at the center of contemporary discussion on the theory of mind.

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Marina Korsakova-Kreyn, a professional pianist and scholar in music cognition, was trained as a classical pianist in Russia. Upon graduation from Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory she worked there as a staff pianist. Following her interest in philosophy, Marina took two years in physics and mathematics at Nizhny Novgorod University and eventually became a student in cognition and neuroscience at The University of Texas at Dallas. Music was always at the center of her studies. As a passionate music educator, Marina designed and presented lecture-performances on Time-Space of Music at art and architecture schools in the US, Canada, and Russia. These lectures became the foundation for her research in quasi-spatial properties of music that predicted modality transcendence in melodic perception. This prediction has recently received the supporting evidence from two imaging studies conducted at McGill University. Her PhD dissertation is an original study in navigation in tonal space. In this study Marina proposes a new model of emotional processing in music. The Universe of Music is her first book.

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