Semiotics of Musical Time (Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics #43) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 43 in the Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics series.


Semiotics of Musical Time investigates the link between musical time and the world of signs and symbols. It examines the extent to which musical time is a product of signs, sign systems, and sign-oriented behavior. Sound is discussed as a potential sign of time and of musical time. Inherent and recognizable temporal features are identified in a number of musical works. Time as a compositional concern is examined in the case of Igor Stravinsky and Karlheinz Stockhausen. A principal distinction between hearing associated with perception and listening associated with cognition provides the basis for the proposition that musical time is both unheard and imperceptible. The role of concepts, and their designations, is investigated to demonstrate that consciousness of musical time involves semiotic processes.

About the Author

The Author: Thomas Reiner is a composer, music producer, performer, and writer. His music is widely performed and he has won many awards and distinctions, including a prize in the International Witold Lutoslawski Composers' Competition. He is the musical director of the contemporary music ensemble re-sound and a performer in the electronic-music duo tree. He has published articles on musical time, DJ culture, and techno music. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne and lectures music at Monash University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780820445250
ISBN-10: 0820445258
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi
Publication Date: July 18th, 2000
Pages: 252
Language: English
Series: Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics