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Re: music listening styles

As a classical (and later jazz) pianist [...], I have no problems switching between a more analytic mode and a more emotional mode when listening to music. I think this depends very much on the situation and the music being played, e.g. listening to muzak in a shopping centre, free jazz in a club, acousmatic music at a conference, and classical piano students playing their exam concerts.

Just to mention a perspective that has not been touched upon much so far: What about the bodily aspects of "listening"? In my research group we have been studying how people "listen" through body movement (e.g. air instrument performance, dancing, sound-drawing) within a framework of embodied music cognition. More information here: