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Musical Sounds, Motor Resonance, and Detectable Agency

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This paper discusses the paradox that while human music making evolved and spread in an environment where it could only occur in groups, it is now often apparently an enjoyable asocial phenomenon. Here I argue that music is, by definition, sound that we believe has been in some way organized by a human agent, meaning that listening to any musical sounds can be a social experience. There are a number of distinct mechanisms by which we might associate musical sound with agency. While some of th...

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Peer reviewed
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology
Publisher:
Ohio State University, School of Music Publisher's website
Journal:
Empirical Musicology Review Journal website
Volume:
10
Issue:
1
Pages:
30-40
Publication date:
2015
ISSN:
1559-5749
URN:
uuid:d071f9cc-a788-49a1-85cb-e1125c37cb9e
Source identifiers:
567565
Local pid:
pubs:567565

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