Shape Cognition and Temporal, Instrumental and Cognitive Constraints on Tonality. Public Peer Review of “Tonality: The Shape of Affect” by Mine Doğantan-Dack.

Rolfe Inge Godøy


One of the main aims of Mine Doğantan-Dack’s article is to present a the­ory of the evolutionary emergence of tonality in music and its connections with affec­tive states. In the course of her article, we are presented with several fundamen­tal issues of music perception, music and evolution, dynamical theory, as well as mu­sic and shape. In this public peer review, I comment on some of these issues, starting with some thoughts on the relationships between musical features, shapes and timescales, then continue with some thoughts on tonality, and finally present some remarks on tonality in relation to instrumental and human constraints.


Shape; tonality; timescales; instrumental and cognitive constraints

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