Title: The musical code between nature and nurture: ecosemiotic and neurobiological claims
Authors: Reybrouck, Mark #
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: University of Urbino
Host Document: Gatherings in Biosemiotics 5. Programme and Abstracts.
Conference: Gatherings in Biosemiotics edition:5 location:Urbino date:20 - 24 july 2005
Abstract: This contribution is about sense-making in music. In an attempt to bring together such diverging fields as semiotics and neurobiology, it argues for a processual approach to music which conceives of “music users” as organisms that “cope” with their environment. It is a position which calls forth ecological and epistemological assumptions and which stresses the importance of a conception of music-as-dealt-with rather than a static conception of music as structure or artefact. As such, it considers music as a sounding and temporal art which appeals to lower-level mechanisms of reactivity as well as to acquired mechanism of sense-making which are the outcome of a learning history. It is argued, further, that there is a continuum between lower level sensory processing and higher-order cognitive elaboration. The musical code, accordingly, holds a hybrid position between innate and wired-in dispositions and higher-level cognitive processing mechanisms. The very concept of code, further, is given some theoretical grounding as well as empirical evidence from the domains of psychophysics, psychobiology and neurobiology.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Musicology, Leuven
Specific Teacher Training Programme, Faculty of Arts, Leuven
# (joint) last author

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