Reduced Memory Representations for Music

  title={Reduced Memory Representations for Music},
  author={Edward W. Large and Caroline Palmer and Jordan B. Pollack},
  journal={Cognitive Science},
We address the problem of musical variation (identification of different musical sequences as variations) and its implications for mental representations of music. According to reductionist theories, listeners judge the structural importance of musical events while forming mental representations. These judgments may result from the production of reduced memory representations that retain only the musical gist. In a study of improvised music performance, pianists produced variations on melodies… CONTINUE READING