Research topic: Musical aesthetics
Musical aesthetics encompasses the study of a range of fundamental questions about the nature of music, its meaning, and what constitutes its value and effect.
Other subject areas of relevance are issues of interpretation, the concept of a composition and its decline, the relationship between music and other art forms, music and language, and music and technology. Studies in these areas are conducted from a historical and systematic perspective.
Musical aesthetics falls under the more general field of “aesthetics” which emerged in the mid-18th century, and has laid the foundation for our “modern” perception of aesthetic experience, the arts and works of art. Ever since Pythagoras and Plato, however, cultural elites have upheld theories about the nature of music, its perception and value.
Today, the concept of aesthetic experience is at the heart of musical aesthetics, encompassing popular music, sound-based artwork and ambient sound.