Volume 16(3), 2020-11, 227—232

Guest Editors' Introduction: Music as embodied experience

Marc R. Thompson
Finnish Centre for Interdisciplinary Music Research
University of Jyväskylä

Jonna K. Vuoskoski
RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion
University of Oslo

Technology has impacted music’s role in contemporary society in extraordinary ways. In addition to how people use music for professional and artistic pursuits, technology has opened a wide variety of new avenues for research and application, particularly as a reliable therapeutic and salutogenic tool. Recently, a useful framework for studying this shifting perspective surrounding musical experience has emerged: embodied music cognition, which conceptualizes the body as being at the center of music experiences. The papers in this thematic issue highlight how music technologies have matured to the point where they affect the way music is created, performed, enjoyed, and researched.