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Hughes, David W. (2000) 'No nonsense: the logic and power of acoustic-iconic mnemonic systems.' British Journal of Ethnomusicology, 9 (2). pp. 93-120.

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Oral mnemonic systems for transmitting or representing melodies are examined in several diverse music cultures, to demonstrate that certain acoustic—phonetic features of vowels and consonants lead to similar systems of mnemonics existing independently in widely separated cultures. The primary relevant features are Intrinsic Pitch, Intrinsic Intensity and Intrinsic Duration; it is argued that largely subliminal yet universal awareness of these features leads to their use in structuring mnemonic systems. The article also reports on an attempt to begin testing the universal accessibility of the relevant perceptions.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Music
ISSN: 17411912
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2007 13:18

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