Strong Experiences with Music: Music is much more than just music by Alf GabrielssonStrong Experiences with Music: Music is much more than just music by Alf Gabrielsson

Strong Experiences with Music: Music is much more than just music

byAlf Gabrielsson

Hardcover | October 22, 2011

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The mass media and the Internet have given us unlimited paths into the world of music. Just like music is varied and endless, so are our reactions to it.The very same piece of music can generate totally different reactions in different people, and a person can react quite differently to thesame piece of music on different occasions. Individual factors - how you are feeling, how accustomed are you to listening to music, what your tastes are in music, what type of personality you are, and lots more besides - can play a major, sometimes completely decisive, role for how the reactionturns out. Similarly, the experience can be affected by the specific situation, for example where and when you hear the music (at home, in your car, at a concert, in the daytime, at night etc.), whether or not the acoustics are good, and if you are on your own or together with others. The experienceis thus determined by an interplay of factors in the music, in the individual, and in the situation. Developments in the brain sciences have been invaluable in helping researchers to understand just how the human brain deals with music. However, there is a major gap between what we can uncover using state of the art technology, and understanding just what music really means to us personally. Whilemeasuring brain or heart activity can reveal much about our physiological reactions, there is of course much more to music than this. Strong Experiences in Music is a groundbreaking new book, developed from a long-running study into the effects of music. It draws on over two decades of research, and almost 1000 participants, who describe, in their own words, their own unique, powerful, and personal experiences of music. The bookwill be a valuable resource for those in the fields of music psychology, music education, and musicology.
Alf Gabrielsson is Professor Emeritus in Psychology at Uppsala University, Sweden. He earned his PhD with a thesis on musical rhythm in 1973 and at the same time also conducted research at the Department of Technical Audiology at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm. His research areas include musical rhythm, music performance, music experi...
Title:Strong Experiences with Music: Music is much more than just musicFormat:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0 inPublished:October 22, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199695229

ISBN - 13:9780199695225

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. How the investigation was carried out3. General points about the accounts4. Experiences during childhood5. Experiences during teenage years6. When music takes over7. Merging with the music8. Feeling light, floating, leaving one's body9. Inner music10. Inner images11. Inner images12. Music and existence13. Music and transcendence14. Music and religious experiences15. New insights, new possibilities16. Confirmation through music17. Music as therapy18. When performing music oneself19. Singing in a choir20. Music in love - happy and unhappy21. Music in connection with illness and death22. Music at funerals23. Music in Nature24. Music from and in other cultures25. Music at concerts: Classical music26. Music at concerts: Jazz27. Music at concerts: Pop and rock28. Metaphors and similes29. Survey of all reactions30. Music in SEM31. What in the music elicited the reactions?32. Causes, consequences and importance33. Overview, comparisons, questions, outlooksPostscript to the Swedish editionAppendix A: A descriptive system for Strong Experiences with MusicAppendix B: An example of analysis of an account