This book is about the power of music, that is, the effect of music on our emotive, cognitive, motor, and social abilities. Where does this power come from? What is the basis of this power? What mechanisms support this power? Can technology enhance this power? How can we apply this in education, health, sports, and other application domains?
Answering these and related questions is the central goal of the research that is currently conducted at IPEM, the institute for systematic musicology at Ghent University, Belgium. IPEM’s mission is to provide a scientific foundation for musical and technological innovation in the cultural/creative sector.
With contributions of seven experts in different fi elds such as musicology, ergonomics, acoustics, physics, and movement science, this book reveals information that is less publicly known. The authors discuss topics as varied as basic concepts of musical embodiment, music performance, mediation technology as an extension of the body, social interaction in music, music education, health, rehabilitation and lifestyle, and fundamentals of music and movement.