All projects in research area

The Social Formation and Cultural Variation of Musical Aesthetics

Current projects

Knowledge matters – The Role of Framing Information for Music Appreciation Processes

We are familiar with them from every concert and encounter them as material included with every CD—program texts and CD booklets. They offer information about a work, its composer, or its interpretation and offer listening help. In this project we will study the influence these texts have on evaluating a concert or CD and ask how they alter perception of various aspects of music. [more]

Listening to Music as Both Experience and Evaluation in Late Seventeenth-century Urban England

In order to gain greater understanding of the phenomenon of urban music listening in seventeenth-century England, contemporary ego documents will be empirically assessed using qualitative analysis of the texts’ contents. [more]

MyAesthetics. The Preface in Early 17th-Century Music Prints

On the surface prefaces to printed collections of music promote or explicate singing and compositional style. This project inquires into aspects of the conceptualization of the early seventeenth century solo song embedded in these texts: the verbal mediation of the genre’s (ideal) effects, and the experience and appreciation of the performance. [more]

Cultural variation in rhythmic prototypes

While the timing of musical events varies infinitely by physical standards, humans perceive but a small number of rhythmic categories. The project examines the common assumption that the prototypes of these building blocks of rhythm perception are cross-culturally constant. [more]

Aesthetic evaluation of metric timing patterns in cross-cultural perspective

The project studies the aesthetic evaluation of metric timing patterns—uneven swing-timings of the metric beat subdivision—in diverse African and African-diasporic styles of music. [more]

Self-enhancement through musical experience: musical subjectivity, empathy, and feelings of self-esteem

When we listen to music, it sometimes seems that it is helping us feel stronger and more self-confident. But what music catalyzes such feelings, and what psychological processes and mechanisms are at its base? [more]

"Sweet Sounds" – Verbalization / Conceptualization of Music, Sound and Aesthetic Experience

This project is focused on the form and function of language in the verbalization of the aesthetic experience of music, the qualities and characteristics manifest in that process. Using a body of texts from the field of musical aesthetics, the press, and online forums, I will explore the question of which verbal concepts, categories, and discursive factors are here effective. [more]

Music as Instrument: European Narratives of 'Missionization Through Music' in Early Modern Latin America

This research project focuses on the narrative of ‘missionization through music’ – how did Early Modern missionaries in Latin America (1523–1767) employ European music and sounds; how did they report on their actions; and what were the consequences on European discourses and practices? [more]

Ensemble synchronisation in West-African and African-diasporic music

This project studies the performance and aesthetic evaluation of degrees, patterns and processes of ensemble synchronisation in West-African and African-diasporic percussion orchestras and rhythm sections. [more]

Musical motion: the experience and aesthetics of movement in South Indian raga performance

The interconnection between music and movement can be observed in everyday life: for example, in the tendency for people to move along with music, and to use motion terms and gestures when teaching non-dance styles. [more]

Aesthetic Effects of Liturgy (WæL)

The “Aesthetic Effects of Liturgy” project (WæL) addresses the effects and shapes of aesthetic practices, performances and objects in the sociocultural framing of religious ritualization taking therefore by way of example Roman Catholic church services.[more]