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Moving forward the concept: Critical reflections on universality of music perception
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Centre for HumanIT. Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication. (HumanIT)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8225-3447
2014 (English)In: On the move/I Rörelse: ACSIS conference 11-13 June 2013 Norrköping, Sweden 2013/ACSIS kulturforskningskonferens 11-13 juni Norrköping, Sverige 2013 / [ed] Johanna Dahlin, Tove Andersson, Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press , 2014, 97-108 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This theoretical paper is an attempt of trying to look at universal aspects of music, especially as outlined by Philip Tagg, and engaging into articulation on how music can universally be pleasurable for people who are total strangers to its origins and roots. Main argument of the paper, driving its conclusions from analysis of historical and recent studies concentrating on bio-emotional perception of psychophysical dimensions of musical cues within the different tonal systems, is that only the emotional part of the music, only the hidden emotions of joy and sorrow, unconsciously decoded by audience members listening to it, are responsible for this fascination and nothing else can be counted in when trying to understand the universality of music and musical codes. Paper focuses on critique of semantic interpretations of music and instead calls for moving the focus of scholar attention towards biological perception of music by human brain and nervous system. Paper ends with a call for a more cross-cultural research on emotional perception and interpretation of music, both Western and non-Western.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press , 2014. 97-108 p.
Keyword [en]
Music universality, perception studies, emotional music, non-Western music, Tagg
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Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-28506ISBN: 978-91-7519-563-6OAI: diva2:636956
ACSIS 2013: "On the Move". ACSIS (Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden), Norrköping, SWEDEN, 11-13 June 2013.
Available from: 2013-07-15 Created: 2013-07-15 Last updated: 2015-05-11Bibliographically approved

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