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Context and Application - Perceiving Musical Stimuli and Developing an Identity

  • Author(s): Hamel, Edward;
  • Advisor(s): Liang, Lei;
  • et al.

This collection deals with two issues: the manner in which a listener perceives musical stimuli; and the sociological and environmental interactions which define one's identity. As music unfolds over a duration of time, listeners are in a state of constant inspection and perceptual organization. Relationships between musical dimensions are established based upon the manner in which listeners group stimuli. Awareness of these organizational tools allows a listener to attain a more engaging interaction with a musical discourse. In regards to our identities, we do not define ourselves but rather are defined by the environment in which we are exposed. In a sense, our identities are a composite

of influence. Such influence can shape who we are as artists, as is shown in the relation between visual artists and my own music of the last 4 years, or confines us to certain categorical labels, such as our ethnicities.

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