New publication: Exploring Sound-Motion Similarity in Musical Experience

A new paper by fourMs researchers Rolf Inge Godøy, Minho Song, Kristian Nymoen, Mari Romarheim Haugen & Alexander Refsum Jensenius, Exploring Sound-Motion Similarity in Musical Experience, has been published by Journal of New Music Research.  (PDF)


People tend to perceive many and also salient similarities between musical sound and body motion in musical experience, as can be seen in countless situations of music performance or listening to music, and as has been documented by a number of studies in the past couple of decades. The so-called motor theory of perception has claimed that these similarity relationships are deeply rooted in human cognitive faculties, and that people perceive and make sense of what they hear by mentally simulating the body motion thought to be involved in the making of sound. In this paper, we survey some basic theories of sound-motion similarity in music, and in particular the motor theory perspective. We also present findings regarding sound-motion similarity in musical performance, in dance, in so-called sound-tracing (the spontaneous body motions people produce in tandem with musical sound), and in sonification, all in view of providing a broad basis for understanding sound-motion similarity in music.

Tags: music, sound-motion, similarity, motor theory, shape cognition.
Published June 9, 2016 6:58 PM - Last modified Dec. 6, 2018 5:21 PM