Eric F. Clarke

in Ways of Listening

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780195151947
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199870400 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter sets out the basic framework for the book, imagining the ways in which a person might perceive and interpret the meaning of some sounds recorded onto an unlabelled CD. It goes on to present the book's basic perspective on music and ecological theory; the relationship between listening and meaning; the relationship between psychology and musicology; the musical repertories and cultures considered; and the book's relationship to music history. The chapter concludes with a critical discussion of the information processing approach to music perception.

Keywords: ecological theory; sounds; meaning; information processing; perception; musicology

Chapter.  4256 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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