When music takes over

Alf Gabrielsson

in Strong Experiences with Music

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199695225
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729775 | DOI:
When music takes over

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A typical feature in strong experiences with music is that the music completely dominates one's attention and shuts out everything else. The world around one disappears, time stands still, the only thing that counts is music and oneself, here and now. Sometimes this comes about ‘to order’, so to speak, for example at a concert with an artiste that one has waited a long time to hear and who fulfils one's every expectation. In other cases, it can be exactly the opposite. One is not at all prepared for something special to happen, but suddenly the music takes over and everything else is pushed to the background. This can happen in all sorts of places — at home, at work, in the car, on the bus, in the crowd on the street, out in the countryside, and when one is busy doing completely different things. This chapter presents a selection of accounts about music in everyday situations and at times when certain music attracts all of one's attention.

Keywords: strong experiences with music; everyday life; attention; personal accounts

Chapter.  5862 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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