Haunting Melody (Eliot Handelman )

Subject: Haunting Melody
From:    Eliot Handelman  <eliot(at)GENERATION.NET>
Date:    Sat, 28 Mar 1998 19:55:47 -0500

I've been working for a few years at a theory of the "haunting melody" (subjective phenomenon whereby tune gets stuck in the head) from which I'm trying to deduce other charcteristics of consciousness as it pertains to music. Essentially I'm picking up where Theodore Reik left off. This is to be a component of my book-in-progress, based on my Ph.D. thesis, "Music as Secondary Consciousness: an implementation.") Princeton Press is supposed to publish the book, if I ever get it finished. The thing is that although I'm a composer/theorist, not a scientist (although I have a fairly extensive background in perceptual psychology and psychoanalysis) I'm interested in subjecting my ideas to more rigorous criticism, to which end I'm seeking a scientific correspondant or two interested in private discussion. Thanks for any interest, Eliot Handelman

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