Workshop on Perceiving Representations
9:45-11:00: Rolf Inge Godøy (Department of Musicology, Oslo): Timescale Analysis for Musical Representations
11:15-12:30: Matthew Nudds (Department of Philosophy, Warwick): Sounds, Speech and Music: Representation in Auditory Perception
13:30-14:45: José Zalabardo (Department of Philosophy, UCL): Truth and Interpretation
15:00-16:15: Solveig Aasen (Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, Oslo): Perceiving Representations: Structural Commonalities between Language, Pictures and Music
Rolf Inge Godøy: Timescale Analysis for Musical Representations
There are several distinct, but concurrent, features at different timescales in music, extending from those of the sub-milliseconds range to those of several minutes and beyond, hence ranging from basic features such as pitch, loudness, and timbre of single tones or sounds, to composite and complex textures that convey salient stylistic and affective sensations as experienced in large scale works of music. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate that choices of music-related representations should be based on the distinct salient perceptual features found at the different timescales involved in musical experience. This necessitates reflections on some basic music-related ontological and psychological issues, and on some constraints in the production and perception of musical sound, reflections that will converge in the idea of developing holistic representations of perceptually salient features of music by what we have called musical shape cognition.
Solveig Aasen: Perceiving Representations: Structural Commonalities between Language, Pictures and Music
I will present an outline of a project description on representation in language and pictures. These forms of representation have standardly been held to differ so significantly that a common approach to their nature is not forthcoming. But recent work within several disciplines on the perception of pictorial and linguistic representations casts doubt on this contrast. The project will examine the hypothesis that there is a common structure to the perception of pictures and language. This will provide a novel framework for addressing the issue of how representation works.