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The Philosophy of RhythmAesthetics, Music, Poetics$
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Peter Cheyne, Andy Hamilton, and Max Paddison

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199347773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199347773.001.0001

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“Feeling the Beat”

“Feeling the Beat”

Multimodal Perception and the Experience of Musical Movement

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(p.76) 4 “Feeling the Beat”
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The Philosophy of Rhythm
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Jenny Judge

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199347773.003.0005

Chapter 4 argues that the experience of musical meter (distinguished from musical rhythm) is multimodal: it involves the binding to a common sensory individual of auditory and proprioceptive content. Consideration of this multimodal content offers a novel perspective on the experience of musical movement. Some philosophers have suggested that all perceptual experiences of musical movement must be “metaphorical” (which notion is explained in the chapter), given that musical sounds do not move. But if a given type of musical experience involves more than the awareness of sounds, it does not follow that the experience of movement must be metaphorical in that case. The author claims that since the proprioceptive content involved in beat experience is legitimately movement-involving, it is unnecessary to appeal to “metaphorical perception” to explain the experience of movement in musical meter.

Keywords:   meter, beat, music, rhythm, movement, proprioception

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