Research Program: Music Cognition and Action
The cognition of tonality in microtonal scales
My research stems from music theory into psychology. I am
interested in how tonal-harmonic music can communicate emotional meaning.
Harmonic tonality involves a 'tonic' (most stable and
important) chord that functions as a reference point around which other chords
form a hierarchy. Given that this hierarchy may be exploited to induce feelings
of tension and resolution in the listener, in turn allowing the communication
of emotional meaning, I will investigate which structural features (e.g. scale
and tuning) and compositional practices in music enable harmonic tonality.
Novel, microtonal scales will be employed in the composition
of stimuli for the experiments in order to both reduce unwanted effects of
familiarity and enable investigation of scale and tuning.
By modelling how tonal-harmonic music may be constructed in novel
scales, and in the composition of such music, I hope to extend possibilities
for the communication of emotional meaning in music.
- Bachelor of Music (Hons.) in Performance and Musicology, University of Western Australia
- Bachelor of Science in Physics and Applied Mathematics, University of Western Australia
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