Adam Ockelford

in Applied Musicology

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199607631
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191747687 | DOI:

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This chapter reflects on the findings of the book as a whole. It considers the epistemological status of ‘applied musicology’, concluding that it lies somewhere midway between the cognitive neurosciences of music on the one hand, and postmodern music-sociological research on the other. It restates the belief that the richest and most vital source of information about the musical mind is the music that we as human beings produce, either as individuals or, more commonly, with others. Future prospects are set out, including the use of technology to undertake some of the more mechanical aspects of applied musicological analysis (such as the identification of repetition), leaving practitioners to use the limited time and resources available to them to make the judgements that only they can make: identifying, for example, when repetition derives from imitation—the central tent of zygonic theory, and crucial in determining intentionality and influence in musical interactions.

Keywords: zygonic theory; epistemology; neuroscience; postmodern; repetition; imitation

Chapter.  936 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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