Attended a seminar by Professor Marc Leman of Ghent University on “Social embodied music cognition”. The main hypothesis of the talk is that “the human body is a biologically designed mediator which transfers physical energy to an ontology of action-oriented meanings, that is, to a mental level in which experiences, values and intentions form the basic of music signification”.
An interesting part of the talk dealt with the difference between distal and proximal perceptual cues, something which may be of relevance to my work on new musical instruments.
A large part of the talk was about his work on body resonance, and how music affects peoples walking and dancing.
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