Musicing, Materiality, and the Emotional Niche

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Building on Elliot and SilvermanÕs (2015) embodied and enactive approach to musicing, I argue for an extended approach: namely, the idea that music can function as an environmental scaffolding supporting the development of various experiences and embodied practices that would otherwise remain inaccessible. I focus especially on the materiality of music. I argue that one of the central ways we use music, as a material resource, is to manipulate social spaceÑand in so doing, manipulate our emotions. Acts of musicing, thought of as processes of environmental space manipulation, are thus examples of what I term Òemotional niche construction.Ó I explore three dimensions of this process and appeal to different strands of empirical work to support this picture.
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Enacting Musical Emotions. Sense-Making, Dynamic Systems, and the Embodied Mind.Schiavio, Andrea; van der Schyff, Dylan; Cespedes-Guevara, Julian & Reybrouck, Mark

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