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Overcoming timbre fetishism: Sound music, and the perceiving body

By manningclarkhouse - 12 April 2013 7

Classical cognitive science follows a long philosophical tradition by placing consciousness as the source of knowledge. It deals with music as a complex-patterned time-ordered series of acoustic events that elicit emotions when listened to. Notated Western art music has embedded this paradigm in compositions that are played and recorded by expert musicians and its assumptions are encoded in the software used to create computer music. By considering the body as the primary site of knowing the world, some phenomenologists have challenged this paradigm of perception. Neuroscience’s recent discovery of biological structures and processes support new theories of the temporal and causal relationships between awareness, perception, conception, intention and action.  This lecture explores some of the conceptual, biophysical, musical and auditory-display dimensions of these discoveries that promise to assist in improving the aural perception of information in data displays and music.

5:30pm, Wednesday 17th April 2013 at Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest.  Entry: $20 ($15 members, $7 students).  Limited tickets at the door.  To avoid disappointment please book ahead: 6295 1808 or info@manningclark.org.au

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Overcoming timbre fetishism: Sound music, and the perceiving body
poetix 11:21 pm 13 Apr 13

muscledude_oz said :

Oh, God. Is that the UK/Australian spelling for timber? I thought I’d uncovered all those silly spellings. “Demeanour” and “manoevre” are bad enough but this one takes the cake.

Timbre is to music what form is to weight-lifting. The different combination of qualities of the same note, or of two bench presses of a similar weight. Is it chesty or shouldery? Does the music sound thick or thin?

Sort of.

Also, it’s manoeuvre. Blame the French.

needlenose 9:18 pm 13 Apr 13

muscledude_oz said :

Oh, God. Is that the UK/Australian spelling for timber?

No.

DrKoresh 9:13 pm 13 Apr 13

muscledude_oz said :

Oh, God. Is that the UK/Australian spelling for timber? I thought I’d uncovered all those silly spellings. “Demeanour” and “manoevre” are bad enough but this one takes the cake.

No, it’s a completely different word.

muscledude_oz 7:58 pm 13 Apr 13

Oh, God. Is that the UK/Australian spelling for timber? I thought I’d uncovered all those silly spellings. “Demeanour” and “manoevre” are bad enough but this one takes the cake.

IrishPete 5:40 pm 13 Apr 13

“Overcoming timbre fetishism” – a damned good idea; I suspect the splinters are not good for your sensitive parts.

Boom boom.

IP

BimboGeek 1:16 pm 13 Apr 13

As a music geek I understood the heading.

No idea what the abstract meant.

Is the lecture going to be delivered by the same person who wrote the press release?

Dante 1:36 pm 12 Apr 13

Sounds good, I had the pleasure of being taught by David at the CIT Music Industry Centre for a few semesters and found his insight and ideas extremely interesting.

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