ERIC Number: EJ742881
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Publication Date: 2006-May
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Varieties of Musical Experience
Bharucha, J. Jamshed; Curtis, Meagan; Paroo, Kaivon
Cognition, v100 n1 p131-172 May 2006
In this paper, we argue that music cognition involves the use of acoustic and auditory codes to evoke a variety of conscious experiences. The variety of domains that are encompassed by music is so diverse that it is unclear whether a single domain of structure or experience is defining. Music is best understood as a form of communication in which formal codes (acoustic patterns and their auditory representations) are employed to elicit a variety of conscious experiences. After proposing our theoretical perspective we offer three prominent examples of conscious experiences elicited by the code of music: the recognition of structure itself, affect, and the experience of motion.
Descriptors: Music, Schemata (Cognition), Acoustics, Recognition (Psychology), Psychological Patterns, Auditory Perception
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