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New Music Concepts 2018

The tension-resolution pattern as a basic feature of both music and dreaming

Part of the New Music Concepts book series (NMC volume 5)
ISBN: 978-88-6551-278-4

Author(s): Umberto Barcaro

Abstract: Creation of tension, followed by tension resolution is one of the fundamental features of music; a similar cognitive and emotive pattern characterizes the psychological experience of dreaming. A theoretical study of this similarity item between music and dreaming, two universal human activities, can be interesting from two viewpoints: first, it can shed light on both music psychology and dreaming psychology; second, it provides an example of how our mind can exhibit similar ways of working for different functions. The tension-resolution pattern shared by music and dreaming is related to the basic emotional significance of both these experiences and, more generally, to a multifaceted complex set of similarity items between music and dreaming.

Keywords: Similarity between dreaming and music, tension resolution, psychophysiology of music, psychology of dreaming, music and emotion