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Ways of Listening: An Ecological Approach to the Perception of Musical Meaning

Eric F. Clarke


Theories of musical meaning and psychological research on music have tended to treat music as a special domain, removed from the practical realities of everyday life. This book takes a different approach, tackling musical meaning from the perspective of perception, and treating meaning in terms of listeners' experiences and responses, rather than in abstractly philosophical terms. Using an eclectic mix of musical examples, it discusses the relationship between music and everyday sounds, music and motion, music and subjectivity, and the experience of music as a virtual environment. It starts fr ... More

Keywords: perception, cognitive, ecological, psychology, meaning, subjectivity, virtual environment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195151947
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151947.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric F. Clarke, author
University of Sheffield