International Semiotics Institue, Imatra. Umweb Publications. Università Popolare di MusicArTerapia. University of Roma. Tor Vergata.
Music senses body pages:335-341
International congress on musical signification edition:9 location:Roma date:19-23 September 2006
This paper argues for a bodily approach to music cognition. Rather than focussing on the effector side of the body as a mover and effector, it stresses the role of the input side of dealing with the music. The senses are considered as natural perceptual tools for sense-making, but artificial extensions are possible as well. As such, it is possible to conceive of them as part of an adaptive device, allowing the music user to change
his/her epistemic transactions with the sounding world. Dealing with music, on this view, is to be considered as an adaptive process for coping with the sounding world, relying heavily on knowledge construction as the result of interactions with the outer world. Four major issues must be considered here: (i) the fulness of the rich sensory experience—music as a sounding phenomenon—, (ii) the sensorimotor interactions and transactions at the boundary of the human body—the skin and its specialized perceptual organs—, (iii) the conceptualisations that are the outcome of these interactions; and (iv) the interiorisation of these transactions in terms of bodily resonance and attunement. Additional topics concern the subjective involvement with music and the role of emotions and empathy, with a special effort to provide an operational and explanatory description of claims which were rather intuitive up to now. An effort is made, finally, to propose future developments with regard to the implementation of multimedia platforms that allow a multimodal approach to musical involvement.