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"Michael Firman" wrote:

> Per,
> I think you have hit on something here. People listen (remember) music 
> not just as
> "data" (i.e. the notes, rhythm, texture, etc.) but as a whole 
> collection of things (thoughts,
> feelings, the ambience of the place and situation, etc.). Our memory is 
> associative, that
> is, we store the information about events in various location of our 
> brain. Those locations
> have different functions (some areas are pure data storage while others 
> control emotions).
> We formulate our opinions about pieces of music by our feelings at the 
> time (or times) we
> hear them as well as by the actual musical form. 

Wasn't this called "psychoacoustics" in the 80's??