Cognitive ecology

music, gesture and cognition

Bruce Johnson

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution


This paper is condensed from an article that will be published in a collection of essays on musicians and audiences. My paper has four components. First, I reaffirm the qualitative and quantitative significance of live music and its audiences. I then wish to argue that the importance of live music performance hinges precisely on the corporeality that distinguishes it from mediatised performances. Further, that corporeal gestures play an essential cognitive role in the relationship between participants. Finally I identify a category of musical event which illustrates the argument most intensely.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunities, places, ecologies
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 2013 IASPM-ANZ Conference
EditorsJadey O'Regan, Toby Wren
Place of PublicationBrisbane, QLD
PublisherInternational Association for the Study of Popular Music
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780975774779
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventIASPM-ANZ Conference - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 24 Nov 201326 Nov 2013


ConferenceIASPM-ANZ Conference
CityBrisbane, Australia

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