28 November 2017

Professor Christian Kock publishes study of musical experience

Professor of Rhetoric Christian Kock has just published the article “The Semiotics and Rhetoric of Music: A Case Study in Aesthetic Protocol Analysis” in the anthology Rhetorical Audience Studies and Reception of Rhetoric: Exploring Audiences Empirically, edited by another Danish rhetorician, Jens E. Kjeldsen (London: Palgrave).

In the article, he asks, “Does music have meanings? If so, what are they like? The study uses evidence from a qualitative methodology with novel features: aesthetic protocol analysis with response items written by an audience while listening to a musical performance. He further asks: Given that music has the meanings it does, in the way it does, then what is the aesthetic function of that?

More about the book to be found here.