Inhabiting Sound: Tactile-sonic links in musical meaning

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Connections can be suggested between music’s occupation of physical space, its relative ‘presence’ (using Edward Hall’s notion of proxemics), and the various senses of movement which pervade it. Movement might be seen to operate with respect to music at a variety of levels of metaphorisation – as increasingly complex chains of analogy which point back to our early physical experience of the world. But of course music is, fundamentally, action. Humans put energy into systems - external or internal to themselves - which transduce that energy into the movement of air. At the acoustic level music is, emphatically and unmetaphorically, movement. Perhaps such simple physical perceptions form one route through which we might understand and explore shared senses of meaning and their capacity for ‘transduction’ between multiple individuals. Our (developmentally) early sensory models of the world, built from encounters with its physical resistances and affordances, might be a route to understanding our more clearly encultured and abstracted ('higher' level) understandings of music.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2014
EventMusical Materialities in the Digital Age, Sussex University - University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 201428 Jun 2014


ConferenceMusical Materialities in the Digital Age, Sussex University
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityFalmer, Brighton

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