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Modes of listening: How what we see greatly impacts what we hear

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  • UserDr Mine Dogantan-Dack, Faculty of Music
  • ClockWednesday 13 November 2019, 13:15-14:00
  • HouseFitzwilliam Museum.

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Throughout the twentieth century, critical and scholarly papers on music promoted the idea of a non-visual mode of listening as an aesthetic ideal. This perspective, with historical roots particularly in nineteenth-century German attitudes towards music, has given way to a multi-modal understanding during the twenty-first century, which emphasizes the total integration of the sonic and the visual in musical experiences: recent psychological and neuroscientific research also provides empirical support for the idea that what we see greatly impacts what we hear. In this lecture Dr Dogantan-Dack explores these different modes of listening to music, by considering scientific evidence, as well as historical attitudes, including the shift in French music aesthetics during the twentieth century from a preference for a theatrical to a more non-visual listening. The lecture will include various audio and video examples of music, examples of paintings from the nineteenth-century that depict deeply absorbed listening subjects engaging with music non-visually, and more recent examples from music videos and live performances that exploit the potential of the visual to shape musical experiences.

Admission is by token, one per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk on a first-come first-served basis 30 minutes before the talk. Assisted hearing sets are available.

This talk is part of the The Fitzwilliam Museum series.

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