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Music at Hand: Instruments, Bodies, and Cognition

Jonathan De Souza


Musical instruments ground players’ actions and the sounds they create. Yet this book further claims that instruments mediate perception and imagination. Practicing an instrument builds bodily skills, while also fostering auditory-motor connections in players’ brains. These intersensory links reflect the ways that a particular instrument converts action into sound, the ways that it coordinates tonal and physical space. Reactivated in various ways, these connections can influence instrumentalists’ listening, improvisation, and composition. To investigate these effects, the book engages both cla ... More

Keywords: musical instruments, music theory, music cognition, embodiment, phenomenology, musical performance, music technology, technics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190271114
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190271114.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan De Souza, author
University of Western Ontario Don Wright Faculty of Music