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Rolf Inge Godoy, University of Oslo: "Sound actions: Human movement in the perception and cognition of music"

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  • Distinguished Lecture
When Apr 17, 2008
from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Strathcona Music Building, 555 Sherbrooke St. West, room C-209
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We can see people moving to music everywhere: in dancing, in marching, in all kinds of everyday private or not so private listening situations like in walking down the street making movements to the music of an iPod, or at concerts (provided it is socially acceptable for listeners to move), and of course in the performance of music. Listeners, regardless training or level of expertise, seem to be able to spontaneously make movements that more or less reflect various salient features of the music. This makes us believe that human movement is an integral part of not only music perception, but also of music cognition in general, in that we may remember and imagine music as movements and not only as "pure sound".
In this lecture, various research findings on the intimate links between human movement and music will be reviewed, and the consequences these findings could (or should) have for other areas of music research will be discussed. In particular, the issue of segmentation of music-related movements into somehow meaningful action chunks will be focused on, suggesting that various biomechanical and motor control elements may be influential in how we perceive and/or imagine musical sound.
And here is a biographical note:

R. I. Godoy is Professor at the Department of Musicology, University of Oslo. His main area of research is phenomenological and cognitive approaches to music theory, presently with a focus on the links between images of human movement and the experience of musical sound.


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