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Science Pub: The Science of Melody: Motion, Metaphor, and Meaning in Music

Cozmic Pizza
199 W 8th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401, US (map)



People sometimes talk of being "moved" when listening to a piece of music, or about "traveling" up and down the scale when hearing a sequence of notes. Do these experiences have some real relationship to physical motion and how is it connected to the feelings we have when we listen to music? This Science Pub will explore recent research in cognitive science using music analyses, psychological experiments, and computer modeling to show how physical motion relates to what we experience when we hear music, as well as the important role metaphor plays in creating musical meaning out of our sense of motion. Come see for yourself how music moves you, complete with live musical examples drawn from a variety of styles.

Steve Larson, PhD, is the Robert M. Trotter Professor of Music and a member of the Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences at the University of Oregon, where he teaches courses in music theory. He also serves as visiting faculty researcher at the Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition (the artificial-intelligence lab of Douglas Hofstadter) at Indiana University. He is a jazz pianist, performing solo and with the group BLUE SONJA. A few of his recordings can be found at his website.