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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Musikwissenschaft

Vortrag von Rolf Inge Godøy

Impulse-driven sound-motion objects in musical imagery

Musical imagery can be defined as having experiences of music in our minds in the absence of any physically present sound. Experiences of 'tunes in the head' seem to be quite common among both musically trained and untrained people, but one of the pressing questions here is how such images are triggered, or what is the engine of musical imagery in our minds. One possible answer could be that mental images of sound-producing body motion may trigger images of sound in our minds, e.g. images of hitting motion triggering images of drum sound. In this presentation, the focus will be on motor elements of musical imagery, in particular on how fragments of combined sound and motion, what may be called sound-motion objects, are triggered by motion impulses in our minds.