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Subjectivity

Chapter


Abstract


  • The world as people experience it can be divided into the subjective and the objective, where the objective refers to physical facts of the material world and the subjective refers to the way that people experience the world filtered through the senses. In music, there are objective physical facts; if one hears a piece of music, one does so because vibrations of air with particular frequencies and amplitudes reach the ears. However, subjectivity is also involved; two people can hear the same air vibrations and interpret them in quite different ways. Questions of musical aesthetics are influenced by such questions of subjectivity.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Byron, T. P. (2014). Subjectivity. In W. Forde. Thompson (Ed.), Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia (pp. 1082-1083). United Kingdom: SAGE Publications, Inc..

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781452283036

Book Title


  • Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia

Start Page


  • 1082

End Page


  • 1083

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • The world as people experience it can be divided into the subjective and the objective, where the objective refers to physical facts of the material world and the subjective refers to the way that people experience the world filtered through the senses. In music, there are objective physical facts; if one hears a piece of music, one does so because vibrations of air with particular frequencies and amplitudes reach the ears. However, subjectivity is also involved; two people can hear the same air vibrations and interpret them in quite different ways. Questions of musical aesthetics are influenced by such questions of subjectivity.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Byron, T. P. (2014). Subjectivity. In W. Forde. Thompson (Ed.), Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia (pp. 1082-1083). United Kingdom: SAGE Publications, Inc..

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781452283036

Book Title


  • Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia

Start Page


  • 1082

End Page


  • 1083

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom