The Aesthetics of Music and Sound -              

Cross-Disciplinary Interplay between the Humanities, Technology and Musical Practice    


Project Descriptions



2. Intermediality


            c) Towards an Aesthetic Theory of Correlativity


My project is transdisciplinary with a primary focus on literature, pictorial art and music. I am interested in the formal properties of art, and suggest that modernistic art has a qualitative appeal contrary to the more quantitative appeal of metaphor or narration in traditional art.


Being qualitative in nature, the modernistic work of art eo ipso displays properties which it shares with reality as such, and thereby exhibits a correlation with man’s experience of reality. These are properties such as ‘potential’, ‘paradox’ and ‘indeterminacy’ – the very same properties determined to be embedded in the nature of reality in the early 20th century by the physicists of quantum mechanics. Hence, quantum mechanics - in Niels Bohr’s version - plays a major role in my research.


I pursue three principles in modern literature, art and music which are also defined by quantum mechanics as being fundamental for the understanding of reality in connection with the changed view of nature provided by modern physics. These principles are:


  • Chance as a substitute for the causality and determinism of classic physics, and for the entire concept of ‘history’ as a means of explanation of the phenomena of reality.


  • Indeterminacy as a substitute for the finality of classical physics; potential as a predominant capacity of the world.


  • Indepictability: Niels Bohr states numerous times that usual pictorial analogies can’t be used to explain the behavior of atoms on the quantum level.

(Mogens Davidsen)



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Institute for the Study of Culture

Institut for Kulturvidenskaber (IKV)


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The Aesthetics of

Music and Sound


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Cynthia M. Grund





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1.Understanding Music through Modern Technology

a) Recognizing Music

b) Recognition of Expressive Styles in Music Performance

c) Autonomous Agents – An Accompanist in VR

d) The Composition and Its Role in the Ensemble

2. Intermediality

a) Intermediality

b) Lyric and Meaning in Music

c) Towards an Aesthetic Theory of Correlativity

d) Are Treatments of the Metaphysics of Music in Medieval Literature Relevant for Current Theories of Musical Meaning and Significance?

3. Learning through Music

a) Music Communication

b) Children's Knowledge Creation with Intelligent Agents in Music Education - Understanding for Optimizing Motivations

c) Adaptable Interfaces & Augmented Avatar - Introducing Tools for the Disabled and Musicians in VR

d) Community Singing and/or Ideology

e) Creating Creativity

f) Understanding Musical Creativity and Aesthetics in a Digital-Based Youth Cultural Context

g) The Sound of Movement - the Sound of Learning

4. Practice-based Research

a) Analysis and Implementation of Practice-Based Research

b) Relationship of Gesture to Communicative Authenticity in Performance

c) Musical Implications of the Work of Selected Philosophers

d) Employing the Methods of Discourse Narrative to Support Interpretive Choices Faced by the Practicing Musician

e) Soundmapping the Genes

f) A Program of Practice-based Research Designed to Examine Listener Reaction to Olivier Messiaens Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus

g) The Interrelationship of Notation and Performance

h) Technological and Aesthetic Investigations of the Physical Movements of Pianists

5. Selective Bibliography