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Strong Experiences with MusicMusic is much more than just music$
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Alf Gabrielsson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199695225

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695225.001.0001

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When music takes over

When music takes over

(p.67) Chapter 6 When music takes over
Strong Experiences with Music

Alf Gabrielsson

Oxford University Press

A typical feature in strong experiences with music is that the music completely dominates one's attention and shuts out everything else. The world around one disappears, time stands still, the only thing that counts is music and oneself, here and now. Sometimes this comes about ‘to order’, so to speak, for example at a concert with an artiste that one has waited a long time to hear and who fulfils one's every expectation. In other cases, it can be exactly the opposite. One is not at all prepared for something special to happen, but suddenly the music takes over and everything else is pushed to the background. This can happen in all sorts of places — at home, at work, in the car, on the bus, in the crowd on the street, out in the countryside, and when one is busy doing completely different things. This chapter presents a selection of accounts about music in everyday situations and at times when certain music attracts all of one's attention.

Keywords:   strong experiences with music, everyday life, attention, personal accounts

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