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Deep Listeners: Music, Emotion, and Trancing

Deep Listeners: Music, Emotion, and Trancing
Author: Judith Becker
ISBN 13: 9780253216724
ISBN 10: 253216729
Edition: Pap/Com
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: 2004-07-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 210
List Price: $32.00

Using new discoveries in the fields of neuroscience and biology, ethnomusicologist Judith Becker outlines an emotion-based theory of trance using examples from Southeast Asian and American musics. A companion CD provides musical samples, and a 16-page color insert presents vivid documentation of the global experience of "deep listening."

Lisa Gold & Benjamin Brinner - Journal of the American Musicological Society

Becker's study breaks new ground in bridging the research of the humanities and neurosciences by probing into links between emotional, neurological, and physiological responses to music. She argues that in order to understand how and why certain people enter a trance during rituals and enter the "deep listening" state during music making and listening it is necessary to analyze the changes that occur in the individual's brain...