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Motion in music: A neurobiological perspective

Journal/Book: Music Percept. 1999; 17: Journals Dept 2120 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA. Univ Calif Press. 115-126.

Abstract: The topic of musical motion has generated a considerable amount of controversy in the past few years (P. Desain, H. Honing, H. Van Thienen, & L. Windsor, 1998). In this essay it is argued that motion is central to our understanding of many aspects of music, particularly to our understanding of rhythm, and that an adequate account of motion in music requires a neurobiological perspective. Two possible mechanisms are discussed that may form a neurobiological basis for the association of motion in music: a vessibulomotor mechanism and an audio-visuo-motor mechanism. These two mechanisms in turn may mediate two distinct kinds of musical motion: gesture and locomotion.

Note: Article Todd NPM, Univ Manchester, Dept Psychol, Manchester M13 9PL, Lancs, ENGLAND


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