Justin London: "Really bad music: Musical and moral mistakes”
- Date: –17:00
- Location: Blåsenhus - Betty Pettersson Hall (14:031)
- Organiser: Department of Psychology
- Contact person: Patrik Juslin
The Open Seminar in Music Psychology
Prof. Justin London, Carleton College, USA: "Really bad music: Musical and moral mistakes”
There are perhaps three kinds of bad music: music that makes you cringe, music that makes you laugh, and music that makes you angry. These three responses to bad music are indicative of the structural and social dimensions of bad music, as well as the ways in which our value judgments, and the emotional and aesthetic reactions that undergird them, are grounded in the social significance of music and music making. Professor Justin London - former president of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition - will argue that while laughter is indicative of technical shortcomings in a piece and/or performance, anger is indicative of moral failure on the part of the composer or performer. His ideas will be illustrated with delicious examples from a wide range of musical styles.