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Strong Experiences with Music

Alf Gabrielsson

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199695225
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729775 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695225.001.0001
Strong Experiences with Music

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The mass media and the Internet have given us unlimited paths into the world of music. Just like music is varied and endless, so are our reactions to it. The very same piece of music can generate totally different reactions in different people, and a person can react quite differently to the same piece of music on different occasions. Individual factors — how you are feeling, how accustomed are you to listening to music, what your tastes are in music, what type of personality you are, and lots more besides — can play a major, sometimes completely decisive, role for how the reaction turns out. Similarly, the experience can be affected by the specific situation, for example where and when you hear the music (at home, in your car, at a concert, in the daytime, at night etc.), whether or not the acoustics are good, and if you are on your own or together with others. The experience is thus determined by an interplay of factors in the music, in the individual, and in the situation. Developments in the brain sciences have been invaluable in helping researchers to understand just how the human brain deals with music. However, there is a major gap between what we can uncover using state of the art technology, and understanding just what music really means to us personally. While measuring brain or heart activity can reveal much about our physiological reactions, there is of course much more to music than this.

Keywords: media; internet; music; tastes in music; personality; human brain; art technology

Book.  512 pages. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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Introduction in Strong Experiences with Music

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How the investigation was carried out in Strong Experiences with Music

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General points about the accounts in Strong Experiences with Music

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Experiences during childhood in Strong Experiences with Music

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Experiences during ONE’S teenage years in Strong Experiences with Music

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When music takes over in Strong Experiences with Music

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Merging with the music in Strong Experiences with Music

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Inner music in Strong Experiences with Music

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