Cognitive Constraints on Compositional Systems

  title={Cognitive Constraints on Compositional Systems},
  author={Fred Lerdahl},
In this article I explore the relationship between composing and listening. I begin with a problematic story, draw some general conclusions, introduce relevant concepts from Lerdahl and Jackendoff (1983) and related work, propose some cognitive constraints on compositional systems, discuss "pitch space", and explain why serial (or 12-tone) organizations are cognitively opaque. Most of these topics deserve fuller treatment than is given in these pages. My concern here is just to lay out a basic… CONTINUE READING
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