DISCOURSE and MUSIC
Recent research indicates that language and music are likely not processed independently by the brain, that memory functions with respect to language and music are also interrelated, and the speakers of tone languages may be much more likely to exhibit “perfect pitch”. This course explores some of the research directly relating language and music, and it also investigates the relationship between musical "discourse" and verbal / kinesic discourse (including dance), seeking to extract rules that are common to both, to place both in a common performance frame, and to describe the ways in which music on occasion attempts to emulate spoken communication and speech on occasion attempts to emulate music, as well as the ways that people speak about music in their verbal discourse, or "play" speech musically. Crucial to the perspective taken here is the notion of performance, corollaries to which are interpretation in context and culture construction through performance.
Week 1 What is speech? What is Music? To which category does chanting belong? Drumming?
How does dance fit in musically, communicatively?
Creativity and Novelty in Speech and in Music
Week 2 Gender and Sex in speech and in music, in dance
Week 3 Social segmentation – (caste, class, race) in speech and in music
Week 4 Classification in Speech and Music: genres, instruments, situations,
Oratory, Recitation, Joking, …..
Jazz, Classical, Pop, R&B, R&R, Alternative, Rock, Acid Rock, World, Grunge
Week 5 Instruments of speech (vocal auditory channel, telephonic, computer, writing)
Musical instruments (piano, guitar, bass, ….)
Dance instruments (body, other accoutrements)
Week 6 The different natures of communication through speech and music
Music and speech in space and time
Trance, dance, and possession in music and speech (cf. Kapchan)
Week 7 Speaking of Music, and Musical renditions of speech
Week 8 Analyzing speech and music structurally
Week 9 Speech and Music in Religion
Week 10 Acquisition of competence in speaking and musicianship
Week 11 Preferences and Taboos in Speech and Music
Week 12 Identity Issues w/ speech and music (cf. Shannon)
Week 13 Power and persuasion in speech and in music
Week 14 Curing with speech, curing with music (Bribri, Kuna)
Among the Jasmine Trees: Music and Modernity in Contemporary Syria Jonathan H. Shannon
The World in Six Songs Daniel J. Levitin
This is your brain on Music Daniel J. Levitin
Music, Language, and the Brain Aniruddh Patel, Oxford University Press.