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Embodied Music Cognition and Mediation Technology

Cover Image Copyright Year: 2007
Author(s): Leman, M.
Publisher: MIT Press
Content Type : Books & eBooks
Topics: General Topics for Engineers (Math, Science & Engineering)
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Abstract

Digital media handles music as encoded physical energy, but humans consider music in terms of beliefs, intentions, interpretations, experiences, evaluations, and significations. In this book, drawing on work in computer science, psychology, brain science, and musicology, Marc Leman proposes an embodied cognition approach to music research that will help bridge this gap. Assuming that the body plays a central role in all musical activities, and basing his approach on a hypothesis about the relationship between musical experience (mind) and sound energy (matter), Leman argues that the human body is a biologically designed mediator that transfers physical energy to a mental level--engaging experiences, values, and intentions--and, reversing the process, transfers mental representation into material form. He suggests that this idea of the body as mediator offers a promising framework for thinking about music mediation technology. Leman proposes that, under certain conditions, the natural mediator (the body) can be extended with artificial technology-based mediators. He explores the necessary conditions and analyzes ways in which they can be studied. Leman outlines his theory of embodied music cognition, introducing a model that describes the relationship between a human subject and its environment, analyzing the coupling of action and perception, and exploring different degrees of the body's engagement with music. He then examines possible applications in two core areas: interaction with music instruments and music search and retrieval in a database or digital library. The embodied music cognition approach, Leman argues, can help us develop tools that integrate artistic expression and contemporary technology.Marc Leman is Research Professor and Head of the Department of Musicology at Ghent University, Belgium.

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      Front Matter

      Leman, M.
      Embodied Music Cognition and Mediation Technology

      Page(s): i - xvii
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      Musical Experience and Signification

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      Page(s): 1 - 26
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Experience and Description, Description as Subjective Interpretation, The Subjectivist Approach, The Action-Based Approach, Conclusion View full abstract»

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      Paradigms of Music Research

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      Page(s): 27 - 49
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      This chapter contains sections titled: From Music Philosophy to Music Science, The Cognitive Paradigm, The Paradigm of Embodied Cognition, Conclusion View full abstract»

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      Ecological Conceptions

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      Page(s): 51 - 76
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Direct Perception and Inference, The Action-Reaction Cycle, Nature and Culture in Interaction, Simulating the Emergence of Cultural Constraints, Culture as Resonance System, Perspectives for a Technology of Music Mediation, Conclusion View full abstract»

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      Corporeal Articulations and Intentionality

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      Page(s): 77 - 102
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Descriptions, Corporeal Intentionality, Expressive Meaning Formation in Music, Music, Movement, and Intentions, Consequences for a Theory of Music Perception, Consequences for a Technology of Music Mediation, Conclusion View full abstract»

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      Corporeal Articulations and Imitation

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      Embodied Music Cognition and Mediation Technology

      Page(s): 103 - 135
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Corporeal Articulations as Imitation, Degrees of Empathic Musical Involvement and Imitation, Mimesis Theory and Expression, Consequences for Music Research, Conclusion View full abstract»

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      Interaction with Musical Instruments

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      Page(s): 137 - 183
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Multimodal Experience and Multimedia Technology, The Communication of Intended Action, Constraints of Interactive Communication, Multimedia Environments, Conclusion View full abstract»

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      Search for and Retrieval of Music

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      Page(s): 185 - 234
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Conceptual Architecture, Musical Querying, Mediation Technology, Examples of Search-and-Retrieval Systems, Conclusion View full abstract»

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      Conclusion

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      Embodied Music Cognition and Mediation Technology

      Page(s): 235 - 238
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Subjective Experiences of Music, Musical Communication, Technology View full abstract»

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      Notes

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      Page(s): 239 - 250
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      References

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      Embodied Music Cognition and Mediation Technology

      Page(s): 251 - 277
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      Digital media handles music as encoded physical energy, but humans consider music in terms of beliefs, intentions, interpretations, experiences, evaluations, and significations. In this book, drawing on work in computer science, psychology, brain science, and musicology, Marc Leman proposes an embodied cognition approach to music research that will help bridge this gap. Assuming that the body plays a central role in all musical activities, and basing his approach on a hypothesis about the relationship between musical experience (mind) and sound energy (matter), Leman argues that the human body is a biologically designed mediator that transfers physical energy to a mental level--engaging experiences, values, and intentions--and, reversing the process, transfers mental representation into material form. He suggests that this idea of the body as mediator offers a promising framework for thinking about music mediation technology. Leman proposes that, under certain conditions, the natural mediator (the body) can be extended with artificial technology-based mediators. He explores the necessary conditions and analyzes ways in which they can be studied. Leman outlines his theory of embodied music cognition, introducing a model that describes the relationship between a human subject and its environment, analyzing the coupling of action and perception, and exploring different degrees of the body's engagement with music. He then examines possible applications in two core areas: interaction with music instruments and music search and retrieval in a database or digital library. The embodied music cognition approach, Leman argues, can help us develop tools that integrate artistic expression and contemporary technology.Marc Leman is Research Professor and Head of the Department of Musicology at Ghent University, Belgium. View full abstract»

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      Name Index

      Leman, M.
      Embodied Music Cognition and Mediation Technology

      Page(s): 279 - 283
      Copyright Year: 2007

      MIT Press eBook Chapters

      Digital media handles music as encoded physical energy, but humans consider music in terms of beliefs, intentions, interpretations, experiences, evaluations, and significations. In this book, drawing on work in computer science, psychology, brain science, and musicology, Marc Leman proposes an embodied cognition approach to music research that will help bridge this gap. Assuming that the body plays a central role in all musical activities, and basing his approach on a hypothesis about the relationship between musical experience (mind) and sound energy (matter), Leman argues that the human body is a biologically designed mediator that transfers physical energy to a mental level--engaging experiences, values, and intentions--and, reversing the process, transfers mental representation into material form. He suggests that this idea of the body as mediator offers a promising framework for thinking about music mediation technology. Leman proposes that, under certain conditions, the natural mediator (the body) can be extended with artificial technology-based mediators. He explores the necessary conditions and analyzes ways in which they can be studied. Leman outlines his theory of embodied music cognition, introducing a model that describes the relationship between a human subject and its environment, analyzing the coupling of action and perception, and exploring different degrees of the body's engagement with music. He then examines possible applications in two core areas: interaction with music instruments and music search and retrieval in a database or digital library. The embodied music cognition approach, Leman argues, can help us develop tools that integrate artistic expression and contemporary technology.Marc Leman is Research Professor and Head of the Department of Musicology at Ghent University, Belgium. View full abstract»

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      Subject Index

      Leman, M.
      Embodied Music Cognition and Mediation Technology

      Page(s): 285 - 297
      Copyright Year: 2007

      MIT Press eBook Chapters

      Digital media handles music as encoded physical energy, but humans consider music in terms of beliefs, intentions, interpretations, experiences, evaluations, and significations. In this book, drawing on work in computer science, psychology, brain science, and musicology, Marc Leman proposes an embodied cognition approach to music research that will help bridge this gap. Assuming that the body plays a central role in all musical activities, and basing his approach on a hypothesis about the relationship between musical experience (mind) and sound energy (matter), Leman argues that the human body is a biologically designed mediator that transfers physical energy to a mental level--engaging experiences, values, and intentions--and, reversing the process, transfers mental representation into material form. He suggests that this idea of the body as mediator offers a promising framework for thinking about music mediation technology. Leman proposes that, under certain conditions, the natural mediator (the body) can be extended with artificial technology-based mediators. He explores the necessary conditions and analyzes ways in which they can be studied. Leman outlines his theory of embodied music cognition, introducing a model that describes the relationship between a human subject and its environment, analyzing the coupling of action and perception, and exploring different degrees of the body's engagement with music. He then examines possible applications in two core areas: interaction with music instruments and music search and retrieval in a database or digital library. The embodied music cognition approach, Leman argues, can help us develop tools that integrate artistic expression and contemporary technology.Marc Leman is Research Professor and Head of the Department of Musicology at Ghent University, Belgium. View full abstract»