Andreas Roepstorff

Polyrhythmic communicational devices appear as languagein the brains of musicians

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  • Section for Anthropology and Ethnography
  • Center for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience
  • Diagnostic Radiology
The relationship between music and language has been oneof the most fiercely debated subjects in the modern literatureof neuroscience and music. In this paper we argue thata musicological study of the online communication betweenjazz musicians in combination with brain imaging studiesoffers a unique setting to evaluate communicational aspectsof music practices that rarely enters the present discourseon the subject. We employ Miles Davis' quintet of the1960es and its use of polyrhythmic structures as a generalexample of a jazz group focusing on communication. First,we consider jazz in the light of Roman Jakobson's model ofcommunication in a broad perspective. Next, we analyzepolyrhythmic occurrences in Herbie Hancock´s solo on thejazz standard "All of You" as an example of how this communicationdevelops as a narrative structuring of tensionand relief. Finally, we show how polyrhythmic structuresemploy brain areas, hitherto associated with linguistic semanticprocessing and discuss possible implications of this result.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICMPC9 - International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition
Number of pages9
Publication year2006
ISBN (print)ISBN 88-7395-155-4
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventICMPC9 - International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition 9 - Bologna - Bologna
Duration: 17 Dec 2010 → …
Conference number: 9


ConferenceICMPC9 - International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition 9 - Bologna
Periode17/12/2010 → …

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