Sonic Strokes and Musical Gestures - The Difference between Musical Affect and Musical Emotion

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dc.contributor.author Meelberg, Vincent
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-03T06:25:00Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-03T06:25:00Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/20898
dc.description.abstract Musicological theories traditionally address the expressive powers of music within a framework of signification, in which musical affect is considered as a meaningful musical gesture. Consequently, affect is regarded as a property of the music instead of as a bodily reaction of the listener. I will outline a different conception of musical affect that takes into account the bodily nature of perception. I will introduce the notion of sonic stroke, i.e. a sound that induces affect in the listener. A sonic stroke thus is responsible for the occurrence of musical affect. By relating the notion of sonic stroke to musical gesture the differences between the two can be articulated, as well as how they can be related to musical affect and musical emotion. I will conclude that musical emotion is the result of the interpretation of musical affect and that, while sonic strokes can induce musical affect, a musical gesture is the result of the listener’s reflection on the music she is confronted with, a reflection that is initiated by a sonic stroke. en
dc.format.extent 324-327
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.other Affect en
dc.subject.other musical perception en
dc.subject.other musical gesture en
dc.subject.other embodiment en
dc.title Sonic Strokes and Musical Gestures - The Difference between Musical Affect and Musical Emotion en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2009411283
dc.identifier.conference ESCOM 2009 : 7th Triennial Conference of European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music

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