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Challenging Universality of Music: Critical reflections and call for cross-cultural perception studies
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
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (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 shifting focus of attention on biological perception of music by human brain and nervous system. Paper ends with a call for a more crosscultural research on emotional perception and interpretation of music, both Western and non-Western.

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2013.
Keywords [en]
Universality of music, perception studies, emotional music, non-Western music
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Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-28511OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-28511DiVA, id: diva2:636967
Conference
NordMedia 2013: "Defending Democracy. Nordic and global diversities in media and journalism". Oslo, Norway, 8-11 August 2013.
Available from: 2013-07-15 Created: 2013-07-15 Last updated: 2014-01-31Bibliographically approved

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