The Aesthetics of Music and Sound -              

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


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2. Intermediality


            a) Intermediality


Viewing music as information not only gives us interesting synergies between the philosophy of music and the technologies of MIR and VR but also with other humanistic disciplines that deal with information in other forms. Just as music plays and can play an important role in our development of competences, culture and, more generally, the understanding of mankind, the same has been said of other media such as literature.


Lars Ole Sauerberg has pioneered much work in the field of intermediality – the study of the complex ways in which different media – in his case, literature and music – reach into each other’s natural provinces of meaning production and conveyance to produce hybrid semiotic structures of multi-layered signification. Particularly interesting with regard to Sauerberg – himself an accomplished amateur musician – is that the music-text vector points in the opposite direction to that which is commonplace: we are not unaccustomed to the way in which text informs music, as in the case of libretti or – less nobly – song lyrics. Lars Ole investigates the ways in which textual reference to music and the experience of it informs literary narrative. Such research is of vital importance to the research program The Aesthetics of Music and Sound, as it further concretizes the ways in which the study of music informs our understanding of other cultural and cognitive activities.


(Lars Ole Sauerberg)




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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