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Music, imagination, and affect attunement: an extended model
Örebro University, School of Music, Theatre and Art, Örebro University, Sweden. (Musikvetenskap)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5809-3575
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Why is it that we tend to hear music as expressive of human emotion? That imagination is somehow part of the answer has been suggested by several aestheticians and philosophers of music. As listeners, it is said, we imagine the sounds of music to be expressive of emotion. But why? To this question the many answers part. In this paper an extended model is proposed that explains music’s affective impact by highlighting its homologous relation to human self-development. By merging insights from psychologists of various disciplines (social, developmental, and cognitive psychology, psychology of music) with those of music aesthetics, it will be shown how music emerges as a result of affect attunement to the protomusical qualities afforded at a basic level of sound. Explaining imagination as the subsequent linkages between nodes in associative networks, musical imagination can be understood in relation to semantic, procedural and autobiographical memory. And perhaps more controversial, the affective qualities of music cannot be dismissed as any extramusical add on, or even as fancy metaphorical projections. Because of its ultimately social and corporal character, music’s affective qualities prove to be part of its constitution.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
Keyword [en]
Affect, Affect Attunement, Imagination, Music
National Category
Musicology
Research subject
Musicology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-51607OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-51607DiVA: diva2:951438
Conference
The Nordic Society of Aesthetics Annual Conference: Philosophy, Imagination, and the Arts, Uppsala, Sweden, May 26-28, 2016
Available from: 2016-08-09 Created: 2016-08-09 Last updated: 2016-08-15Bibliographically approved

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