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Systems 2014, 2(4), 566-575; doi:10.3390/systems2040566

Understanding Musical Consonance and Dissonance: Epistemological Considerations from a Systemic Perspective

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Institute of Philosophy of Scientific and Technological Practice, University Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Via Alvaro del Portillo, 21-00128 Roma, Italy
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Faculty of Engineering, University Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Via Alvaro del Portillo, 21-00128 Roma, Italy
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Received: 8 July 2014 / Revised: 2 October 2014 / Accepted: 14 October 2014 / Published: 20 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Towards a Second Generation General System Theory)
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Different accounts have been given in order to face the problem of the emergence of musical consonance and dissonance. Getting a more adequate comprehension of such phenomenology may require a systemic view to integrate such multidimensionality into a unitary picture in which every partial solution enlightens a particular aspect of the very same problem. Such a systemic viewpoint shifts the focus from different explanations to analytic dimensions that seem to be embedded in music perception. Taking into consideration these dimensions means understanding consonance and dissonance in an embodied context, in which arithmetic, physics, psychology and physiology are part of a complex and dynamic process of understanding, which is not reducible to any privileged explanatory level. View Full-Text
Keywords: consonance; dissonance; music; systems understanding; context; embodiment; emergence; dynamism consonance; dissonance; music; systems understanding; context; embodiment; emergence; dynamism
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Di Stefano, N.; Bertolaso, M. Understanding Musical Consonance and Dissonance: Epistemological Considerations from a Systemic Perspective. Systems 2014, 2, 566-575.

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