Whoa! This is gettin' outta hand...and confusing. The moveable Do solfege I use is very much like a kind of tonal based AP. The pitches are heard as independent scale degrees without the need to internally 'reference' them to the tonic pitch. I suppose some kind of reference is happening but it seems to occur at an unconscious level (and seemingly instantaneously, though I know it takes time for neurotransmitters to do their transmitting
). Consciously I just hear a note and it sounds like a particular degree and that's that. I don't have to consciously compare it to the tonic note or any other note. As long as my mind is 'in key', the notes all take on scale degree qualities based on that key.
As far as this 'keyality' vs 'tonality', I get the description but I'm lost as the validity of it. To me, the relationship between Eb major and C minor is purely theoretical. Technically, the two keys have the same notes. Aurally, they're worlds apart. They have two totally different tonal centers and two different scale degree sequences. It assumes somehow that Eb major 'makes' C minor - like Eb major is a kind of 'root' of C minor. But *C* is the root of C minor. If your ear is truly hearing in C minor, the note Eb will always sound like a m3rd - nothing like a root; nothing like 'Do' or a tonal center.
The presence of the same pitches makes it easier to modulate between a major key and its so-called relative minor, but once in the relative minor, that's the key you're in - you're no longer in the major key.
If you're saying 'keyality' is just a way of saying that C major has the same notes as D dorian, E phrygian, etc. I get that. But to say that, if you had a piece of music entirely in E phrygian (like a lot of heavy metal music), you're somehow hearing
that as being 'born' out of C major, no way. I don't buy it.
To put it a simpler way (I hope), the tonal center of D dorian is D, not C. You wouldn't be waiting for D dorian to 'resolve' to C major in a piece of music in D dorian.
I get everything. It makes sense on paper but it doesn't make sense to my ear...the way I actually hear