Imagined Sound and Music

“The Qualities and Flow of Imagined Sound and Music” in Sounds from Within: Phenomenology and Practice, C. Wu and P. Chagas (eds.) Springer: Numanties series (in press)

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Abstract A new lens on experience is proposed. It is a way of understanding how we produce rhythmic syncronization between each other. Our musical ability for fine ensemble precision is exquisite in the way it adapts, predicts and communicates. Studying this empirically takes at least two participants but understanding its mechanisms requires entering into the minds of individuals. There, in the realm of imagination, is where sound lives on a different kind of stage. Its churning temporal flows are laced with memory and anticipation, consuming the present and producing it, as well.