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Title:
Moving Forward the Concept: Critical Reflections on Universality of Music Perception
Author:
Ilkin Mehrabov: Department of Geography, Media & Communication Studies, HumanIT, Karlstad University, Sweden
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Year:
2014
Conference:
On the Move: ACSIS conference 11-13 June Norrköping; Sweden 2013: I rörelse: ACSIS kulturforskningskonferens 11-13 juni Norrköping; Sverige 2013
Issue:
095
Article no.:
012
Pages:
97-108
No. of pages:
13
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2014-01-17
ISBN:
978-91-7519-563-6
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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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 moving the focus of scholar attention towards biological perception of music by human brain and nervous system. Paper ends with a call for a more cross-cultural research on emotional perception and interpretation of music; both Western and non-Western.

On the Move: ACSIS conference 11-13 June Norrköping; Sweden 2013: I rörelse: ACSIS kulturforskningskonferens 11-13 juni Norrköping; Sverige 2013

Author:
Ilkin Mehrabov
Title:
Moving Forward the Concept: Critical Reflections on Universality of Music Perception
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On the Move: ACSIS conference 11-13 June Norrköping; Sweden 2013: I rörelse: ACSIS kulturforskningskonferens 11-13 juni Norrköping; Sverige 2013

Author:
Ilkin Mehrabov
Title:
Moving Forward the Concept: Critical Reflections on Universality of Music Perception
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