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Unplayed Melodies: Javanese Gamelan and the Genesis of Music Theory

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The gamelan music of Central Java is one of the world's great orchestral traditions. Its rich sonic texture is not based on Western-style harmony or counterpoint, but revolves around a single melody. The nature of that melody, however, is puzzling. In this book, Marc Perlman uses this puzzle as a key to both the art of the gamelan and the nature of musical knowledge in gen ...more
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published October 25th 2004 by University of California Press (first published September 25th 2004)
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Sep 23, 2012 Patrick rated it it was ok
I'm not really into ethnomusicology or Javanese gamelan all that much, so perhaps I'm just the wrong audience for this book. I borrowed it from a friend and read it for the cognitive science parts of it, about the nature of creativity and how people form categories and make judgments.

There is a really fascinating passage about how we use "classical", well-defined categories to explain things, but in fact the world is "nonclassical" and fuzzy-edged. This explains a lot of things about why novices
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