on Music

“The term “music”, of course, covers many activities – composing, performing, listening, singing, dancing. Some activities, such as performing, dancing and singing, are clearly behavioral. Some, such as composing and listening, are clearly visceral and reflective. The musical experience can range from one extreme where it is a deep, fully engrossing experience where the mind is fully immersed to the other extreme, where the music is played in the background and not consciously attended to.But even in the latter case, the automatic, visceral processing levels almost definitely register the melodic and rhytmic structure of the music, subtly, subconsciously, changing the affective state of the listener”
“Music impacts all three levels of processing. The initial pleasure of the rhythm, tunes and souns is visceral, the enjoyment of playing and mastering the parts behavioral, and the pleasure of analyzing the intertwined, repetead, inverted, transformed melodic lines reflective”

in Emotional Design – Donald A. Norman

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