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Palgrave Studies in Sound

Sound and the Aesthetics of Play

A Musical Ontology of Constructed Emotions

Authors: Christensen, Justin

  • Builds upon the existing scholarship in the aesthetics of play 
  • Taps into the growing field of study around emotions
  • Crosses disciplinary boundaries between sociology, psychology and sound studies
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About this book

This book is an interdisciplinary project that brings together ideas from aesthetics, philosophy, psychology, and music sociology as an expansion of German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer’s theory on the aesthetics of play. This way of thinking focuses on an ontology of the process of musicking rather than an ontology of discovering fixed and static musical objects. In line with this idea, the author discusses the importance of participation and involvement in this process of musicking, whether as a listener or as a performer. Christensen then goes on to critique and update Gadamer's theory by presenting incompatibilities between it and recent theories of aesthetic emotions and embodiment. He proposes that emotions are ‘constructed’ rather than ‘caused’, that the mind uses a system of ‘filters’ to respond to sonic stimuli and thus constructs (via play) aesthetic feelings and experiences. In turn, this approach provides music with a route into the development of social capital and inter-subjective communication. This work builds on the hermeneutical steps already taken by Gadamer and those before him, continuing his line of thought beyond his work. It will be of great interest to scholars in music aesthetics as well as a variety of other music related fields, including music psychology, philosophy and science and technology studies.

About the authors

Justin Christensen is a researcher at Aalborg University in Denmark, he previously earned a PhD in music composition in the UK, along with degrees in music from the Royal Conservatoire in The Netherlands and McGill University in Canada. His research focuses on the temporal, emotional and immersive listening experience.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • The AestheticsAesthetics of PlayPlay

    Christensen, Justin

    Pages 1-38

  • Musical Emotions

    Christensen, Justin

    Pages 39-65

  • The Dynamic Autonomous Artwork

    Christensen, Justin

    Pages 67-87

  • Modes of Affective and Aesthetic Experience

    Christensen, Justin

    Pages 89-117

  • Conclusions

    Christensen, Justin

    Pages 119-124

Buy this book

eBook £35.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-66899-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £43.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-66898-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sound and the Aesthetics of Play
Book Subtitle
A Musical Ontology of Constructed Emotions
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Sound
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-66899-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-66899-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-66898-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 128
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