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VPMA93 Lecture 1 – Introduction to Listening and Sound John Blacking, How Musical is Man? (1973) Quotes on the idea of listening: “The importance of creative listening is too often ignored in discussion of musical ability, and yet it is as fundamental to music as it is to language.” “…it is clear that the creation and performance of most music is generated first and foremost by the human capacity to discover patterns of sound and to identify them on subsequent occasions. Without biological processes of aural perception, and without cultural agreement among at least some human beings on what is perceived, there can be neither music nor musical communication.” “Even if a person describes musical experiences in the technical language of music, he is in fact describing emotional experiences which he has learned to associate with particular musical sounds. Quotes on Western music: “Currently recognized divisions between Art Music and Folk Music are inadequate and misleading as conceptual tools. They are neither meaningful nor accurate as indices of musical differences; at best,
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  • Fall '17
  • Music, Timbre, timbre 音色, John Blacking

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